Music will always come first for me but some days, even music doesn’t uplift my mood. Things have been a tough lately, so I needed something else to get my spirits up and help my creativity flow better than it has for the last week or so. This is where my growing list of K-dramas, that have been sitting in my Netflix queue, comes in. And I finally decided to finish the Korean adaptation of the Money Heist series.
Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area…
“Thieves overtake the mint of a unified Korea. With hostages trapped inside, the police must stop them — as well as the shadowy mastermind behind it all.” – Netflix
So, it’s a bank heist movie lol. Basically, a team of “criminals” is put together by a mastermind called “The Professor”. They walk through an elaborate plan to break into the mint and take hostages, always staying one step ahead of the police. Not everything will go according to The Professor’s plans, or is that just what he wants the cops to think?
2 days and 5 episodes later, I am ready to share some of my favorite things about this series.
- The Main Characters – Of course the characters are the most important part and can make or break a series or film. Everything from their backstories, that are eventually revealed to their nicknames and how they chose them, to why they decided to follow “The Professor” for this heist, was very well done.
- Strong Women – I really loved the presence of the strong women characters. As the story unfolded, for some of them, their relationship with others played a large part but I feel like it was done properly. They remained strong but were able to show a softer, more vulnerable side as well.
- The Mini Love Stories – These stories range from the Mint Director cheating on his wife, to the employee he was cheating with, eventually falling for one of the robbers, and vice versa. Also, “The Professor” using a relationship with the main policewoman/ negotiator to help his plans to eventually falling for her, and her for him. They weren’t extra, unnecessary pieces thrown in, and I appreciated that.
- Who is the Real Villain – The “robbers” initial idea is to make the police and political forces look like the bad guys. That plan does eventually work, after many twists, turns, and unveilings. As soon as the cops thought they had it figured out and that they had the upper hand, the rug was snatched from under them, as it should have been, in my opinion.
A Deeper Plot
Of course, there was a deeper plot underneath everything I mentioned above. A subject matter that plays heavily into this series is the tensions between North and South Korea. The stance of the people, from the political side to the non-political, and even “radical” side are shown. All of it is used in some way to either divide or bring people together.