Without wasting time, let’s address the elephant in the room first. How similar or different is the Korean version from the original series? While the Spanish series dabbles with the social-economic crisis and growing worries of youth in Spain, the Korean version explores a much more complicated and politically conflicted situation. In this version, Korea is at the cusp of unification when the biggest heist is planned to derail the efforts. How? By stealing 4 trillion won from the Royal Mint situated in a fictional city, the ‘Joint Economic Area’, between North and South Korea.
With the approximate looting amount (2.4 billion) being like the original series, it can be safely said that Money Heist Korea has been heavily inspired by it. Sometimes, even blatantly picking up scenes, with no new element added. However, the realistic political setting gives the Korean version a novelty factor.