Money Heist: Korea ― Joint Economic Area Director Kim Hong Sun Says They Expected Mixed Reviews From Viewers While Making the Hit Netflix Series' Adaptation

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Money Heist: Korea Joint Economic Area is not receiving the same attention and approval as the 2017 original version.

Netflix welcomed one of its greatest series when Money Heist arrived on its platform in 2017. It follows the story of eight criminals — led by The Professor — who work together to commit the biggest heist in history before taking over the Royal Mint in Spain.

The original film garnered commendations and praises because of its unique plot, interesting characters, and the renowned Salvador Dali masks and red jumpsuits.

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South Korea decided to adapt the series and make its own version of the drama, but it did not receive pure positive responses from the viewers.

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Money Heist: Korea Joint Economic Area Director Says Receiving Mixed Reviews Was Expected

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Netflix released the remake of Money Heist on June 24. Money Heist: Korea — Joint Economic Area follows the same plot and presented Yoo Ji Tae’s The Professor to the public. He then recruits thieves in the country before planning and carrying out a heist.

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It set the story in 2025 when North and South Korea approve an inter-Korea travel while a common economic zone is built.

In a new interview with The Korea Times, the adaptation’s director Kim Hong Sun addressed the mixed responses the flick has earned from the audience so far.

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According to the showrunner, people who saw the original series already treat the franchise highly. With that, the team prepared itself to receive favorable and unfavorable comments, especially when they see the remake.

Director Kim Hong Sun explained:

"We tried to take in the strong elements that the original work had and thought it would be interesting to add our own story to it. So I think it's natural that we are getting such varied reviews. We thought it was only right for the remake to keep the identity of the original work. So we tried to portray our distinctive features within the boundary that doesn't mass with the entertainment and traits of the original.”

Director Kim Hong Sun Added Korean Flavor to Money Heist Remake

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Elsewhere in the interview, director Kim Hong Sun explained how they made the remake different from the original.

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Per the director, they added a touch of Korean flair and designed the Joint Economic Area’s space with a modern and traditional look of the country.

Initially, the team planned to have modern-style architecture. But they eventually decided to make it look like a castle with a Korean feeling.

Amid the mixed reactions, the director pledged to offer a more interesting plotline as characters would have tougher issues in Money Heist: Korea Joint Economic Area part 2.

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