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Teamwork can make big change, whether that's within a small group or within a nation.
Positive Role Models
Even though the series centers around a criminal heist, the group showcases teamwork as a central part of its success. Similarly, the series focuses on the speculative unification of North and South Korea, once again showcasing teamwork between the two countries to create a seismic change.
In terms of American viewership, Money Heist: Korea-Joint Economic Area is diverse since American audiences are being exposed to popular Korean actors and Korean culture. The series features multiple women characters who continue South Korea redefining how it views women -- high level negotiator Seon Woojin and heist member and former North Korean soldier Tokyo showcase strength, cunning, and intelligence.
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Violence & Scariness
Scenes with violence, including gunfire, attempted rape, attempted suicide, army training, abuse, and killing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual situations and attempted sexual violence. A scene shows a character watching porn off-screen.
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Swear words including "bitch," "s--t," "a--hole," dumba--," "motherf---ers," "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
The K-pop group BTS is mentioned, including a character who procures BTS songs undercover in North Korea. A fictional BTS concert is also mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A scene in which a character shows another character a bag of white powder. Scenes with characters smoking. A character mentions drug addiction.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Money Heist: Korea-Joint Economic Area is a drama series based on the the Spanish show Money Heist and follows a group of criminals who pull off a monumental plot to steal money from a mint. Parents should be aware of scenes with drugs and mentions of drug addiction, sexual situations, violence (including attempted suicide and rape) and language. Viewers will learn about some Korean culture, providing some insight into the country of South Korea and its existential concerns regarding North Korea.
Is It Any Good?
Money Heist: Korea-Joint Economic Area is, unlike what other reviews may say, nothing like Squid Game. An important distinction, since it can seem reductionist to assume that every high-budget K-drama on Netflix will be just like the juggernaut that captured the world's attention. While Money Heist: Korea-Joint Economic Area does have characters in jumpsuits, it's completely different, owing to its source material, Spanish Netflix drama Money Heist. Also differentiating it from other K-drama and its source material is the focus on a speculative near-future in which North and South Korea finally unify, and capitalism is able to make even deeper roots in the country as a whole.
Viewers who love international history and culture will get a kick out of this what-if look at Korea figuring out its identity as a unified country. Themes regarding traditionalism versus globalism abound in the series, and tell a uniquely Korean story. In fact, because the series is a show with Korean audiences in mind first, the show's political and social nuances might be lost or disregarded by American audiences. What American audiences can take from Money Heist: Korea-Joint Economic Area is that the country is on a journey towards solidifying its own internal identity amid pressures from the global community, late-stage capitalism and from within its borders.
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