Disney+ has with Big Bet one of the best gangster stories of recent years. A top series full of big names, including one Squid game-star.
From Goodfellas until Scarface: There’s not much like a good gangster movie. Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola are the masters of the genre, but they can also do something outside of Hollywood.
South Korea goes for gangsters
In fact, gangster films are a lot more popular in South Korea than in the United States. For example, the biggest theatrical film during the pandemic in South Korea was The Roundupa sequel to the gangster movie The Outlaws. Both highly recommended, by the way, with Marvel star Don Lee in the lead role.
The problem, however, is that such films can rarely be legally streamed in the Netherlands. Still, fans of the gangster genre need not grieve, because Disney + comes to our rescue. And how!
Disney+ presents Big Bet
You can now find it on that streaming service Big Bet, one of the best gangster series of recent years. The lead role is played by Choi Min-sik, who returns to the television world after years of major film roles. The international audience probably knows him from the acclaimed film Oldboy.
We mean the brilliant original, not the lousy American remake. In any case, the best man already has countless gangster roles on his resume. The Dutch public will also probably recognize the actor Heo Sungtae, from Squid game. He played that criminal with the big mouth. A stupid description, but you probably know right away who we mean.
The direction is in the hands of Kang Yoon-sung, the man behind the aforementioned The Outlaws. In other words, big names with a lot of experience within the genre. Well, nice all those names, but where does it go Big Bet about?
Martin Scorsese behind
The drama series follows the life of Cha Moosik, played by Choi. Big Bet starts in the present. Moosik, billionaire and casino magnate in the Philippines, is almost absurdly successful. Untouchable, the entrepreneur seems to believe. Until the Manila police suddenly pick him up as the prime suspect in a long-running murder case. Then the Disney + series really starts. We go back to the seventies, and see how a young Moosik slowly works his way up. Including de aging, just like in The Irishman.
Incidentally, we had to watch while watching Big Bet think about that movie more often. In any case, the makers are clearly inspired by the work of Martin Scorsese. From the dialogues to the shots that come out of one long take to exist. In fact, the story of the drama series is similar in structure to that of Casino.
Gangster drama scores
A comparison that is anything but a disgrace. Provided you can handle the comparison, and you can Big Bet. The gangster drama is not a poor substitute for the obvious sources of inspiration. In fact, Big Bet is captivating from start to finish. Six episodes of tightly directed acting and action, with a characteristic South Korean sauce. And that just on Disney +, at least in the Netherlands, for a change. Delicious. Stream them!
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