GadgetMatch Reacts: Netflix’s Start-Up

Not your usual K-drama?



Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen Start-Up, please read with caution.

Start-Up has been the talk of the town for quite some time. And there’s a reason why people are enamored with the K-Drama and its cast. It showcases the struggles of starting a business and discusses the technology we have now and about to have in the future.

But more importantly, people are giggling over Seo Dal-mi (Bae Suzy) and her chemistry with Nam Do-san (Nam Joo-Hyuk) and Han Ji-Pyeong (Kim Seon-Ho).

Of course, everyone has their own opinions and thoughts about the show. Such is the case for the GadgetMatch team. Find out what their thoughts are about Start-Up in this GadgetMatch Reacts episode.

“A generally feel-good watch.”

Instagram: @rodneil

Why did you watch Start-Up?

Suzy. Bae.

Which character is the most relatable for you?

In a way I kinda related to both the male leads. With Do San, I remember my younger years being indecisive and mostly unsure of myself. But overall, it’s really Ji Pyeong that I saw myself in the most.

My role at work now requires me to think fast, be knowledgeable, and make quick, smart decisions all on the fly. I also take a while to make a move on women I like. Lol. Although, unlike Good Boy, my tongue isn’t as sharp and I look absolutely nothing like him — which is pretty tragic.

Your honest thoughts about the series?

I just thought it was a really fun, lighthearted watch. I didn’t really put too much thought into how accurate the portrayals of running a start-up and what not. I’m already too busy and too stressed running a team to put myself through all that trouble.

For me, it was a reward every weekend. The dynamic between the characters was fantastic and just a joy to watch.

If I had to point something out, it was how the smartphones/gadgets they were using didn’t really reflect the three-year time skip. But this, along with the other potential inconsistencies didn’t really takeaway from my overall experience of the drama.

Which love team are you rooting for?

#TeamGoodBoy only because I saw myself acting the way he did more.

Would you recommend Start-Up?

100%. As I kept mentioning, this is a thoroughly enjoyable drama and one I would likely rewatch over the holidays, assuming I’m able to squeeze in a break.

“Could’ve explored more about business and technology”

Instagram: @marcusjaie

Why did you watch Start-Up?

I was on the verge of quitting my plans to set up the passion project I planned five years ago. As a show about business and technology, Start-Up piqued my curiosity.

Which character is the most relatable for you?

I was leaning towards between Seo Dal-mi, Jung Sa-ha, and Won In-Jae. In terms of aspirations, I’m as ambitious and idealistic as Seo Dal-mi, and I like taking risks in my career and other opportunities. Won In-Jae’s commanding persona is what I also wear on most days.

Although, my friends and I claim I’m more of a Jung Sa-ha — Looks presentable, composed, unbothered, and has high self-esteem and self-worth. Like her, I’m also a designer.

Your honest thoughts about the series?

Start-Up, for the most part, gave the average people a sneak peek on how start-ups, the business world, and technology industry work. I liked it when the show presented the female leads as technology entrepreneurs, as opposed to the usual male CEOs.

However, the show focused more on the usual K-drama tropes — emotional moments and romantic scenes — instead of exploring character developments and showcasing teamwork and other ingredients needed to succeed in work and life.

Frankly, we could’ve at least watched Morning Group’s downfall, Won Sang-Su and the twin developers suffering the consequences, the Seo sister’s eomma standing up for herself, and more.

Which love team were you rooting for?

Jung Sa-ha and Lee Chul-san. Their development was more exciting than Seo Dal-mi’s relationships. Also, their love team showcased a proper example of setting boundaries and appreciating someone’s efforts.

Would you recommend Start-Up?

Absolutely. It’s full of lessons, kilig moments, and has a lot of episodes that left me awestruck with its cinematography, lovely music, and heartbreaking lines that will make you realize a lot of things that you can apply in your life.

“Should’ve been 21 episodes, not just 16.”

Instagram: @vincenzlee

Why did you watch Start-Up?

Although I’m very much aware that (my) Bae Suzy is one of the prominent K-actresses around, I honestly didn’t even know she’s part of the cast at first as I was really interested seeing the drama’s synopsis revolving around tech and start-ups more than the cast themselves.

Which character is the most relatable for you?

As much as I want to be as successful and charismatic as Han Ji-pyeong, I can say I can relate to Nam Do-san more especially with his lack of self-esteem and worth, plus the struggles in finding his dreams and not being able to move forward because of that baggage he carried for so long.

Your honest thoughts about the series?

It’s hard to sum it up in one sentence but it’s really a must-watch K-drama not just because I’m a Hallyu fan and a tech junkie, but mainly because we can learn from each character’s struggles that most of us encounter in our mid-20s.

Which love team were you rooting for?

Spoiler Alert: Although I barely believe in the saying “first love never dies”, I honestly rooted for Dal-mi and Ji-pyeong more but the drama made their relationship awkward when the real “Do-san” got discovered — but of course, I expected the ending to be that way because I clearly know the writer loves Second Lead Syndrome and I have no hard feelings with Start-Up’s ending (unlike what I felt in Reply 1988) because Do-san is also a decent guy.

Would you recommend Start-Up?

I’m neither from IMDb nor Rotten Tomatoes but it’s definitely one of the best (if not the best) K-Dramas I’ve watched this 2020 especially for the life lessons — and this series also proves that technology is rapidly shaping the future.

“Escapism while brushing up on your tech jargon.”

Instagram: @almostdiplomatic

Why did you watch Start-Up?

The plot was interesting and I thought I’d learn a bit more about start-ups in general. I did. A bit.

Which character is the most relatable for you?

In-Jae for her drive and ambition. Ji-Pyeong for how direct he can be even if it hurts. Honesty all the way, baby. There were also days when I also wanted to high-five Sa-Ha while going ‘yaaas sis!’.

Your honest thoughts about the series?

I really enjoyed the series and would even stay up late just to see what happens next right away. I started out as a card-bearing member of Team Good Boy but found Dal-Mi’s character annoying mid-way in the series. Admittedly, I was staying on for Ji-Pyeong and Do-San who’s also really likeable.

I think Start-Up ended in the best possible way. Spoiler alert: I love that they didn’t force pairings for the second leads just to tie up loose ends in the finale, showing that while romantic love is great and all, there are other ways to find fulfillment in life.

Which love team were you rooting for?

Dal-Mi can have Do-San because it’s Carol and Ji-Pyeong all the way for me. He reminds me of my husband sometimes. *giggles like a school girl*

Would you recommend Start-Up?

Totally. It’s one of my favorites this year and there have been a lot of good ones so far. It’s light and something that would really make you feel good after a long, stressful day.

GadgetMatch Reacts is a series where the GadgetMatch team from all over the world pool together to share their love, hate, and other commentaries about the show they’re currently raving.


Netflix working on live-action Gundam movie

Helmed by the director of ‘Kong: Skull Island’



Photo by Hkyu Wu on Unsplash

If you like movies featuring giant robots, you’re gonna like this latest development — Netflix, working with Legendary Pictures, is set to make a live-action Gundam movie.

The live-action Gundam movie will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts who also called the shots for Kong: Skull Island. Other than the fact that it’s happening and who’s directing it, there are no details yet. Clearly, the project is still in its very early stages. It’ll be curious to see which one from its wealth of source materials will the team behind the live-action film pull from.

Legendary Pictures is the same company responsible for the Pacific Rim movie franchise as well as the “Monsterverse” movies featuring Godzilla and King Kong.

h/t: The Verge

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Netflix unveils official casting for the Korean adaptation of ‘La Casa de Papel’

Featuring Korea’s top talents



A few full moons ago, we heard Netflix is about to release a Korean adaptation of the popular Spanish Original Series La Casa de Papel, also known as Money Heist. We even made hilarious suggestions on who’s going to perform the role of Arturito.

The Heist comes to Korea! Netflix announces the Korean adaptation of its Spanish original series #LaCasaDePapel 💸

And we all know who’d be the perfect Arturito 😅

Posted by GadgetMatch on Tuesday, December 1, 2020

But, no more guessing. Netflix has just announced the official casting for the Korean Original Series. The show will feature Korea’s top talents including Yoo Ji-Tae from The Swindlers as the Professor, Kim Yunjin from Seven Days, Ode to My Father as Seon Woojin, an inspector at Task Force Team. (Think: Raquel Murillo.)

The Korean adaptation of La Casa de Papel — which will launch globally as a Netflix Original Series — centers around members of the gang recruited by the Professor. It will be similar to the well-loved series, complete with hostages, and a Task Force Team tackling the heist.

More details are yet to come, but one thing is certain. The show’s creators will breathe new life into the familiar storyline to global audiences with 12 episodes. And we’re all aboard the hype train.

The Korean adaptation is directed by Kim Hong-Sun, written by Ryu Yong-jae, Kim Hwan-chae, and Choe Sung-jun. Meanwhile, BH Entertainment and Contents Zium serve as the production companies.

The official cast

Gang Members: Yoo Ji-tae (“The Professor”), Park Hae-soo (“Berlin”), Jeon Jong-seo (“Tokyo”), Lee Won-jong (“Moscow”), Kim Ji-hun (“Denver”), Jang Yoon-ju (“Nairobi”), Park Jung-woo (“Rio”), Kim Ji-hun (“Helsinki”), Lee Kyu-ho (“Oslo”)

Task Force Team: Kim Yunjin (“Seon Woojin”), Kim Sung-o (“Cha Moohyuk”)

Hostages: Park Myung-hoon (“Cho Youngmin”), Lee Joobeen (“Youn Misun”)

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Netflix new anime features Record of Ragnarok, Resident Evil

And many more titles



Anime fans will have their fill as Netflix is serving a bountiful anime buffet in the following months. Staying true to their announcement at the all virtual AnimeJapan 2021 event months back, more titles are coming our way.

During the virtual stage event, Netflix announced the upcoming worldwide release of Record of Ragnarok (premiering June 2021), an anime adaptation of the hugely successful manga of the same name. The story about the epic fight for the fate of humanity will join an ever expanding slate of anime, including previously announced titles like the comedic, slice-of-life series The Way of the Househusband (premiering April 8, 2021) or the popular RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness (premiering later this year).

Here’s everything that’s coming soon that you should watch out for:

Record of Ragnarok
Global Premiere Date — June 2021

Record of Ragnarok is the story of 13 gods from across the globe and 13 of the world’s most notable humans fighting it out in one-on-one battles to decide the fate of humanity.  Based on the manga created by Azychika, Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui, an earnest battle of transcendental rage begins!

  • Based on a manga by Azychika, Shinya Umemura, Takumi Fukui
  • Director: Masao Okubo
  • Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
  • Character Design: Masaki Sato
  • Music: Koji Takanashi
  • Animation Production: GRAPHINICA
  • Voice Cast: Miyuki Sawashiro, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Tomokazu Seki, Hikaru Midorikawa, Wataru Takagi

Global Premiere Date — April 29, 2021

In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.

  • Director, Creator, Executive Producer: LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters)
  • Character Design: Takeshi Koike
  • Music & Executive producer: Flying Lotus
  • Animation Production: MAPPA
  • Voice Cast (Yasuke) & Executive Producer: LaKeith Stanfield

Global Premiere Date — May 27, 2021

Thousands of years in the future, a city known as “Eden” is inhabited solely by Artificially Intelligent robots whose former masters vanished long ago. On a routine assignment, within the depths of the city, two maintenance robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught to believe– that humans were nothing more than a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.

  • Director: Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Producer: Justin Leach
  • Character design: Toshihiro Kawamoto
  • Concept design: Christophe Ferreira
  • Screenplay: Kimiko Ueno
  • Background art director: Clover Xie
  • Music: Kevin Penkin
  • Animation Production: CGCG

The Way of the Househusband 
Global Premiere Date — April 19, 2021

Feared among the yakuza as “The Immortal Dragon”, Tatsu is a legend of the underworld with an impressive number of defeated rival gangs under his belt. However, hoping to wash his hands of his past, Tatsu gets married and devotes himself fully to the way of the househusband by diligently undertaking the cooking, cleaning, washing and grocery shopping each day. On the other hand, there’s one person who’s not happy about Tatsu’s new domestic life — his tough, former yakuza underling, Masa. As Tatsu tries his best to pursue the way of the househusband, one assassin after another tries their hand at taking him out!

  • Based on a story by Kosuke Oono
  • Director: Chiaki Kon (Nodame Cantabile, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal)
  • Series Composition: Susumu Yamakawa
  • Theme Song performed by UchikubiGokumonDoukoukai
  • Opening song, Shufu no michi / ending song, ”Kiwami”meoto kaido
  • Animation Production: J.C.STAFF
  • Cast: Kenjiro Tsuda, Shizuka Ito, Kazuyuki Okitsu

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness 
Global Premiere Date — 2021

In 2006, there were traces of improper access to secret Presidential files found in the White House’s network. American federal agent Leon S. Kennedy is among the group invited to the White House to investigate this incident, but when the lights suddenly go out, Leon and the SWAT team are forced to take down a horde of mysterious zombies. Meanwhile, TerraSave staff member Claire Redfield encounters a mysterious image drawn by a youth in a country she visited, while providing support to refugees. Haunted by this drawing, which appears to be of a victim of viral infection, Claire starts her own investigation. The next morning, Claire visits the White House to request the construction of a welfare facility. There, she has a chance reunion with Leon and uses the opportunity to show him the boy’s drawing. Leon seems to realize some sort of connection between the zombie outbreak at the White House and the strange drawing, but he tells Claire that there is no relation and leaves. In time, these two zombie outbreaks in distant countries lead to events that shake the nation to its very core.

  • Original Work/Production/Supervision: Capcom Co., Ltd.
  • Full 3DCG animation production: Quebico
  • Production: TMS Entertainment


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