Today we’re talking about one of the most recent Netflix releases coming out of Korea. Of course we are talking about the TV series Itaewon Class. If yu just want to read about my opinion skip to the end.
About The Setting
If you’re not familiar with South Korea and more specifically Seoul, Itaewon is an area in the Korean capital. It is renown to be very international.
This is probably one of the most international areas in Seoul. The nearby American army base ensures that you hear a lot of English being spoken on the streets.
In fact the street struture too, is somewhat more western. The side streets look a lot like something you might see in Europe or parts of the States. There is an incredible amount of bars and restaurants to eat and drink at, this is one of the areas where to enjoy a night out with your friends. By the way of course this means the competition is fierce.
About The Plot
Don’t worry I won’t be spolering everything, but I’ll introduce you to what the story is all about. It all starts in the past when a young Park Sae-ro-yi (the main character) proctets a class mate (Lee Ho-jin) from Jang Geun-won’s bullying.
Jang Geun-won is the heir to inherit the massively powerful Jangga Co food company, created and run by his father Jang Dae-hee. Sae-ro-yi tries to convince peacefully Geun-won to give up his bullying but then loses his cool and punches him in the face when the teacher pretends not to have seen anything clearly afraid of the Jang family power.
As a result both dads of Geun-won and Sae-ro-yi are called into the principal’s office. Dae-hee demands that Sae-ro-yi apologizes to his son. Coincidentally, Sae-ro-yi’s dad is one of Jangga Co’s most loyal employees. When Sae-ro-yi refuses to apologize he finds himself forces to resign and his son gets expelled from school.
The fater and son decide to open a pub and start fresh. However on his way home, Sae-ro-yi’s dad, get’s hit while riding his scooter by Jang Geun-won driving his car. Sae-ro-yi’s dad dies and Jang Geun-won gets away with it, as someone else goes to jail in his place. This drives Sae-ro-yi mad who beats him half to death, ending up himself in jail.
Once he gets out he gets to work to bring his dad’s dream to completion by opening and running a pub.
Social Problems Tackled
Itaewon Class digs deep into some social problems that affect every society around the world, not only South Korea. For instance, how prejudice towards some segments of society can make life hell at times. Also how the rich can manipulate even investigations by pulling the rights strings in certain situations.
My 2 Cents About Itaewon Class
If you’re asking yourself, is Itaewon Class worth watching, my answer is absolutely yes and here’s why. In a world where often negativity and pessimism takes over the news and all too often our lives it’s good to watch something like Itaewon Class that reminds us it doesn’t have to be that way. If we all do our part to make it a better world, things might actually slowly take a turn for the best.
I must admit this was one of the TV series I most enjoyed in long time. There are a few exaggerations here and there in the plot, but it’s understandable as Itaewon Class is a TV readapting of a WebToon. So there are some trait that spilt over from the WebToon to the TV Series. So watch it keeping in mind this aspect and with a positive mindset and I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it.