July 02, 2022 08:31
It was her passion for the original that inspired actress Kim Yun-jin to choose a Korean remake of Netflix's Spanish hit series "Money Heist" for her latest project.
Kim stars in "Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area," which was released last Friday, playing the chief negotiator from the police.
"I was in Los Angeles when I first saw the original series," she told reporters earlier this week. "Initially, I was only going to watch the first two episodes, but I got hooked and ended up binge-watching seasons 1 and 2 in just three days. I was filming another project at that time, so I avoided watching the rest, because once you start you can't stop. And then I heard about the Korean remake."
"When I got the script I thought it could be either a total success or failure since it's difficult to satisfy fans when the original was already a big hit. I felt like I was holding a two-edged knife with my bare hands," she said.
But she decided to take the plunge "because I believed in the power of the original series and was interested in the Netflix platform," she added.
"One of my previous projects, 'Lost,' aired in about 100 countries, so I know an opportunity like that is really valuable," she said. "I felt the project was such an opportunity. The idea of being able to be part of a Korean show that can be watched by people around the world was really awesome to me."
The remake, set in a near future where the two Koreas are about to reunify, depicts a hostage situation in the Korea Mint, involving a genius strategist and a motley group of thieves.
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