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We’re excited to see how the Professor will guide his crew to execute the ultimate heist in an alternate world where North and South Korea have reunited

A new country without borders comes with the printing of a new unified currency that will act as the groundwork to build a stable joint economy. That is, until a crew of thieves—led by the Professor—band together to accomplish a heist without limits. A heist that will go down in history as a revolutionary crime. 

Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area will feature director Kim Hong-sun and writer Ryu Yong-jae’s distinct take on the popular Spanish series La Casa De Papel. Like its Spanish counterparts, the remake boasts an assembly of characters with unforgettable personalities who will keep you at the edge of your seat.

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Check out a side-by-side comparison of the Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area characters below.

Yoo Ji-tae as The Professor

Yoo Ji-tae from the international award-winning film Old Boy takes the reins from Álvaro Morte to play the Professor, the mastermind behind the heist. The Professor plays a vital role in this series from the very beginning, organising and recruiting his band of thieves from the North and South to steal four trillion won.

“To me, the Professor is a genius strategist who plans the heist through his principles and vision,” says Yoo Ji-tae.

Park Hae-soo as Berlin

Park Hae-soo from the global sensation Squid Game will shift gears as the cold and brutally honest Berlin, a well-loved character that was previously portrayed by Pedro Alonso.

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In Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area, Berlin is a North Korean prisoner who has spent the last 24 years in a concentration camp. As a leader of the heist, the rebellious Berlin believes that total control over his team can only be achieved through fear and division. 

Lee Won-jong as Moscow

Lee Won-jong is a veteran actor who debuted in 1999 and is a familiar face in the Korean entertainment scene.

He will play Moscow, a simple man who only dreams of living a normal life with his son. Like his Spanish counterpart, who was portrayed by Paco Tous, Moscow is a South Korean miner who will be responsible for digging the heist’s grand exit.

Jun Jong-seo as Tokyo

Jun Jong-seo, who is known for her role in the Korean thriller film The Call, will embody the role of Tokyo, a feisty character that was previously played by Úrsula Corberó.

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In the Korean remake, Tokyo is a North Korean who immigrated to the South with the hope of a better life. But her life in the South does not turn out like how she imagined it would be. Feeling almost hopeless, she meets the Professor who persuades her to join his master plan. Jun describes Tokyo as “a character whose every decision changes the entire flow of the game”.

Kim Ji-hun as Denver

Kim Ji-hun, who was recently confirmed to star in the upcoming Netflix film Ballerina, will play Moscow’s troublesome son, Denver. A multi-faceted and lively character, Denver is a former backstreet gang member, who— like his Spanish counterpart played by Jaime Lorente—will show his own emotional, sexy, and friendly side in the series.

Will the Korean Denver have a unique laugh of his own? Tune in to find out. 

Jang Yoon-ju as Nairobi

Jang Yoon-ju is one of South Korea’s top models and has established herself as a musician, DJ, author, and actress. The multi-talented star will take the baton from Alba Flores to portray the role of Nairobi in the Korean remake as an expert swindler specialising in counterfeits.

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Lee Hyun-woo as Rio

Lee Hyun-woo, who started as a child actor and has since built an impressive repertoire in film and TV including The Return of Iljimae and Secretly, Greatly, will step into the role of resident hacker Rio, a character that was previously played by Miguel Herrán.

In Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area, Rio is a former medical school dropout turned genius hacker who will be pivotal in seizing the security cameras and alarms of the Korea Unified Mint.

Kim Ji-hoon as Helsinki and Lee Kyu-ho as Oslo

Helsinki and Oslo’s Spanish counterparts were cousins who fought several wars together and were portrayed by Darko Perić and Roberto García Ruiz respectively. Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area will see Kim Ji-hoon as Helsinki and Lee Kyu-ho as Oslo. As ethnic Koreans and former members of a Chinese gang, the duo will be in charge of the team's arsenal.

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Meet the new la banda and watch them in action when Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area premieres on June 24 on Netflix. Stream it here.


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