The breakthrough success of Netflix series ”Squid Game” has been a driving force in turning the South Korean adaptation of ”Money Heist” into a reality, said director Kim Hong-sun, who believes the Korean creators now have “an easier path” to showcasing their content internationally.
Kim Hong-sun, who previously directed TV series like ”The Guest” and ”Voice”, said he hopes viewers will enjoy watching ”Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area” much as they did ”Squid Game”.
”I think we are here because of the great success of ‘Squid Game’. Korean content travels around the world and makes great achievements around the world. Thus, through success, followers would have an easier path to follow. I got great help from ‘Squid Game’ and enjoyed the show too.
“I hope viewers find ‘Money Heist: Korea’ to be neck and neck with ‘Squid Game,'” the director said Wednesday during a virtual press conference from Seoul that was also attended by PTI.
”Money Heist: Korea”, an adaptation of the hit Spanish series, is set in a fictional Joint Economic Zone, in a futuristic world where the Korean Peninsula faces reunification. When the promise of a “united Korea” fails, a mysterious master strategist called “The Professor” (Yoo Ji-tae) assembles a team of desperadoes, each nicknamed after cities, to pull off the “biggest” heist. up at the Mint. Desk.
‘Squid Game’ star Park Hae-soo, who plays Berlin in ‘Money Heist: Korea’, said while anticipating the success of his next series was difficult, he relied on the strength of the entire cast of the show.
“The show is set against the backdrop of a divided nation and there are emotional conflicts that are inherently built into the storyline. Global audiences will find joy in watching the show. We have great artists and creators in Korea. We followed the path of these great creators and I’m sure ‘Money Heist: Korea’ will follow the same path and create more opportunities,” Park added.
”Squid Game”, the award-winning Korean survival drama series which was officially renewed for a second season recently, became a global hit for the streamer upon its release last September, topping charts across the globe for become Netflix’s most-watched series of all time.
As broke investment banker Cho Sang-woo aka Player No. 218, Park wore a green jumpsuit in ”Squid Game”. For ”Money Heist: Korea”, he donned a red jumpsuit with the Korean Hahoe mask, which replaces Salvador Dali’s famous mask from the Spanish show.
”In Spain, the Dali mask was used to send the message of freedom. Here we used the Hahoe mask from the Andong region (considered a center of Korean culture and folk traditions). It embodies criticism of the powerful and there is also a sense of humour,’ Park added.
The actor also noted that he often played characters who are in a confined space.
”When the characters are confined to a space, tensions naturally rise. But I wasn’t drawn to just one type of uniform. Next time I hope to see you in the yellow uniform,” he joked.
“Money Heist,” which wrapped its five seasons last year, was adapted as a “one-of-a-kind Korean tale” by director and screenwriter Ryu Yong-jae, Yoo Ji-tae said.
“I know (the original) is a show with a big fandom. But a great story would be well told in any country. Korean content is now loved by people all over the world and that’s probably because our content creators have smart ideas and smart approaches. And that was also done on this show,’ he added.
While many popular K-dramas such as ”Crash Landing on You” and ”The King 2 Hearts” have explored the ties between South Korea and the North, director Kim said he wanted to address the subject through a ”realistic” gaze. and send a message of hope to neighboring countries.
“I thought the story of the two Koreas could be told once again to the global audience because it was part of the curiosity of the global fans. So, the fictional city in the Common Economic Zone was created for the show and what would happen if we were about to reunite in the future. I also wanted to instill that sense of hope in the show,” he added.
If the original series was “paella,” a classic Spanish rice dish, the next version is “bokkeumbap” (Korean fried rice), said “My Holo Love” writer Ryu.
“The original story is stellar, and I thought about how I could make it so Korean audiences can enjoy it more. So there is a layer of South and North Korean history, and it may not seem new. But we have never seen inter-Korean relations come with burglary, and thieves and police from North and South Korean people come together,” he added.
Kim Yun-jin, who plays Seon Woo-jin, head of the National Police Agency’s crisis negotiation team, said Korean content is gaining momentum due to its relatability and diversity.
”We have great creators and the stories are multifaceted. We have a lot of diversity in our stories and how we portray those stories. That’s why K content gets so much love and attention around the world.” The first season of ”Money Heist: Korea” also stars Jun Jong-seo (Tokyo), Lee Won-jong (Moscow), Kim Ji-hun (Denver), Jang Yoon-ju (Nairobi), Lee Hyun-woo (Rio), Kim Ji-hoon (Helsinki), Lee Kyu-ho (Oslo), Kim Sung-oh (Captain Cha Moo-hyuk), Park Myung-hoon (Cho Young-min) and Lee Joo-bin (Yoon Mi-seon).
The six-part crime drama will begin streaming on Netflix from Friday.
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