Itaewon Class (Itaewon Keullasseu)
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As the upbeat theme plays over a bright montage of the young ensemble cast, you might think you’re in for nothing more than a bunch of crazy kids chasing their dreams. What emerges instead is a binge-worthy saga of love and revenge.
Park Seo-joon – last seen in a minor role in Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar-winning Parasite – plays Park Saeroyi, a swoon-worthy young ex-convict driven to seek revenge as he rises to the top of the Korean food industry. Saeroyi’s nemesis, the crafty old patriarch Jang Dae-hee, puts his underlings through difficult tests to find a worthy successor to the restaurant empire he isn’t quite ready to relinquish.
Nothing is impossible if you follow your heart and stand up for what you believe.
Anyone undergoing Succession withdrawal.
The last four episodes take a crazy swerve that might seem over-the-top – or perfectly melodramatic, depending on your tastes.