The Quarantine Stream: ‘Itaewon Class’ is an Addicting Revenge Drama Dressed Up in Boardroom Politics
Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Series: Itaewon Class
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: A Count of Monte Cristo revenge drama meets the boardroom politics of Succession in the K-drama Itaewon Class, which follows an ex-con who seeks to take down the biggest restaurant corporation in Korea, after the family running it put him away in prison.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Itaewon Class has an electricity that pulses through its story of a young business owner whose group of ragtag employees try to hold down their bar in the hottest neighborhood in Seoul. Parasite‘s Park Seo-joon plays a different kind of K-drama protagonist in the series: Park Saeroyi, a young man with a bad haircut whose principles and strong sense of justice end up getting him in the worst trouble imaginable. His refusal to bow down (literally) to a CEO of a mega-corporation results in his dad getting fired, kicking off a series of events that ends with him in prison for attacking the CEO’s son in a fit of rage. It’s the stuff of an epic tragedy dialed up to 11, with an insanely watchable ensemble.