Here are 10+ interesting facts you must know about the 13 Korean actors of Money Heist: Korea Joint Economic Area:
1. Yoo Ji-tae as the Professor
Yoo Ji-tae is a veteran actor who has appeared in 33 Korean films and eight (8) TV series including Ditto (2000), One Fine Spring Day (2001), Three Fellas (2006), Healer (2014-2015), The Good Wife (2016), Mad Dog (2017), and Different Dreams (2019) to name a few.
He won Best New Actor for his performance in Ditto (2000) at the Chunsa Film Art Awards and Busan Film Critic Awards in 2000 as well as Best Actor for The Good Wife (2016) at the 2017 Cable TV Broadcasting Awards.
Besides acting, he’s also a film screenwriter-director and has produced six (6) movies since 2003.
2. Jeon Jong-seo as Tokyo
Jeon Jong-seo is best known for her amazing performance in the two (2) award-winning psychological thriller films, Burning (2017) and The Call (2020). It is worth noting that as a rookie actress, she instantly passed the audition and landed a main role in Burning in 2017. Her undeniable talent was even more recognized when she was nominated for best acting in various award-giving bodies and won the Best New Performer at the Asian Film Critics Association Awards in 2019.
She also won the Best Actress award for her brilliant performance in The Call (2020) at the Baeksang Arts Awards 2021, Buil Film Awards 2021, and Director’s Cut Awards 2022.
Money Heist Korea (2022) will be her first TV/web series and she will portray the badass character of Tokyo.
3. Park Hae-soo as Berlin
Park Hae-soo was a musical theater actor from 2007 to 2015 before he ventured into film and TV projects in 2012. He is best known for his performance in Prison Playbook (2017-2018) and Squid Game (2021). He has won Best New Actor in film and TV series, including By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture (2019) and Prison Playbook (2017–2018) at the Blue Dragon Film Awards, Chunsa Film Art Awards, and The Seoul Awards.
In Money Heist Korea (2022), he will play as Denver, the professor’s older brother and second-in-command who is diagnosed with a terminal disease.
4. Jang Yoon-ju as Nairobi
Jang Yoon-ju is a fashion model, singer, TV host, and actress in South Korea. Although she’s a rookie actress who has only appeared in two (2) films so far, she was recognized for Best New Actress and Best Supporting Actress in her movie debut, Veteran (2015) at the Grand Bell Awards in 2015.
She also received five (5) nominations for Best New/Supporting Actress in her 2nd film performance, Three Sisters (2021) at Baeksang Arts Awards, Blue Dragon Film Awards, Chunsa Film Art Awards, Asian Film Awards and won the Jury’s Special Award at the Golden Cinematography Awards in 2021.
Money Heist Korea (2022) will be her first TV/web series and she will portray the badass character of Nairobi.
5. Lee Hyun-woo as Rio
Lee Hyun-woo is a singer-actor who first appeared on television as a child actor in 2004. Since then, he has performed for ten (10) films and nineteen (19) TV series including Queen Seondeok (2009), Secretly, Greatly (2013), The Beauty Inside (2015), The Liar And His Lover (2017), to name a few.
He won Best Young Actor for his performance in King Sejeong The Great (2008) at the 2008 KBS Drama Awards and Best Supporting Actor for Northern Limit Line (2015) at the 2016 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.
6. Kim Ji-hoon as Denver
Kim Ji-hoon is known for his villain role in the psychological-crime series, Flower Of Evil (2020), in which he was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor at Baeksang Arts Awards in 2021. However, he has been acting since 2002 and has appeared in 2 films and 28 TV series including Wish Upon A Star (2010), Rich Family’s Son (2018), Babel (2019), to name a few. He has won six times for Best Actor / Best Supporting Actor from various award-giving bodies.
In Money Heist Korea (2022), he will portray Denver who falls in love with a hostage, the Secretary of Mint.
7. Lee Won-jong as Moscow
Lee Won-jong is a veteran actor who has appeared in 40 films and 68 TV series since 1991 including The Great King Sejeong (2008), The Slave Hunters (2010), Empress Ki (2013), Uncontrollably Fond (2016), Dear My Friends (2016), Delayed Justice (2020), to name a few.
He has won Best Supporting Actor for Rustic Period (2002) and War Of Money (2007), as well as Best Actor for Bad Story (2006) and The Great King Sejeong (2008).
He will play as Denver’s father, a miner turned criminal in Money Heist Korea (2022).
8. Kim Ji-hun as Helsinki
Kim Ji-hun has appeared in several films and TV series, including Alive (2014), Dr. Romantic (2016), Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency (2019), The Good Detective (2020), Chimera (2021), Kingmaker (2021), to name a few.
9. Lee Kyu-ho as Oslo
Lee Kyu-ho has appeared in several popular films and TV series, including Healer (2014), Dr. Romantic (2016), The Outlaws (2017), Stove League (2019), Welcome To Waikiki 2 (2019), The Fiery Priest (2019), #Alive (2020), Dr. Romantic 2 (2020), The Uncanny Counter (2020), Bulgasal: Immortal Souls (2021-2022), to name a few.
10. Kim Yun-jin as Seon Woo-jin (Raquel)
Kim Yun-Jin is a South Korean-American actress in film, TV, and theater. She has appeared in 16 films and 7 TV series including Diary Of June (2005), The Neighbor (2012), Lost (2004-2010), Mistresses (2013-2016), to name a few.
She won Best New Actress for her performance in her movie debut, Shiri (1999), at the 36th Grand Bell Awards, 19th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, 22nd Golden Cinematography Awards, as well as won Best Actress for her role in Milae/Ardor (2002) at the 23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards, 5th Director’s Cut Awards, 7th Women Viewers Film Awards, in Lost (2004-2010) at the Asian Excellence Awards, 12th Screen Actors Guild Awards, and in Seven Days (2008) at the 45th Grand Bell Awards and 5th Max Movie Awards.
11. Lee Joo-bin as Yoon Mi-seon (Stockholm)
Lee Joo-bin is a model-actress who has appeared in two (2) films and 13 TV/Web series including Mr. Sunshine (2018), Be Melodramatic (2019), Find Me In Your Memory (2020), She Would Never Know (2021), Doctor Lawyer (2022), to name a few.
12. Park Myung-hoon as Cho Young-min (Director of Mint)
Park Myung-hoon has appeared in several popular film and TV productions including Alive (2015), Parasite (2019), Crash Landing On You (2019-2020), Deliver Us From Evil (2020), and Eve (2022).
He won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the award-winning film, Parasite (2019), at the 28th Buil Film Awards, Outstanding Performance at the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Best New Actor at the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards.
13. Kim Sung-oh as Captain Cha
Kim Sung-Oh has appeared in 24 films and 30 TV/Web series including The Man From Nowhere (2010), Secret Garden (2010), Fight For My Way (2017), to name a few.
He won Excellence Award, Actor for Becky’s Back (2016) at the 2016 KBS Drama Awards and Best Supporting Actor for Fight For My Way (2017) at the 2017 KBS Drama Awards
Genre: Heist, Crime, Drama
Synopsis: Thieves overtake the mint of a unified Korea, trapping hostages inside; the police must stop the thieves as well as the shadowy mastermind behind the heist.
Based on: the Spanish heist crime drama series “Money Heist” by Alex Pina
No of episodes: 12
Starring: Yoo Ji-tae, Park Hae-soo, Jeon Jong-seo, Lee Won-jong, Park Myung-hoon, and more
Written by: Ryu Yong-jae, Kim Hwan-chae, Choe Sung-jun
Directed by: Kim Hong-sun
Date: June 24, 2022
Photos: Netflix Korea