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Squid game: North Korea hails criticism of South Korean society


The viral drama quickly became Netflix’s most popular series to ever debut by the streamer.

A state-run North Korean propaganda website is the latest to weigh in on Netflix’s hugely popular “Squid Game,” applauding what it believes to be the dramatic portrayal of the “bestial reality” of capitalist society. South. (By insider.)

The Arirang Meari website posted an article on the Korean-language hit Netflix, which since its launch on September 17 has become the most popular series ever to launch on the platform. The website praises the show’s vision of South Korea as a place where “corruption and immoral scoundrels are rife” in an “unequal society where people are treated like chess pieces. “.

The show is the story of 456 South Koreans facing insurmountable debt who compete in deadly challenges, inspired by children’s schoolyard games, to win a prize of $ 38 million (or $ 45.6 billion). Korean won). The series has already gathered more than 111 million viewers.

“‘Squid Game’ makes people aware of the grim reality of the bestial South Korean society in which human beings are drawn into extreme competition and their humanity is shattered,” an anonymous author wrote for Arirang Meari.

This is not the first time that North Korea has praised a piece of international pop culture originating from the South. Last February, Reuters reported that North Korean media praised the Oscar winner for best film “Parasite” for “strongly” exposing the gap between rich and poor in the South.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has previously called South Korean pop culture “vision cancer” and has long banned South Korean dramas and K-Pop in the North. As the BBC reported in June, those who participate in or engage in such pop cultural products risk penalties, including jail time. Additionally, a law introduced in December called for up to 15 years of working time for those caught engaging in South Korean entertainment – the death penalty being a possibility for those who distribute it, according to NBC.

While the nine-part “Squid Game” series was originally intended as a standalone version, pressure is mounting for director Hwang Dong-hyuk to deliver a sequel.

“I’m getting a lot of pressure on Season 2,” he told IndieWire. “I still have the story of the Front Man and his relationship with his brother, the policeman. And people are also curious about where Gi-hun is heading in the finale because he turns away from the plane. I think I have an obligation to explain it to the fans and I’m thinking about season 2, but at the time I was so tired after finishing season 1, I couldn’t really think about the season 2. But now that it’s become such a big hit, people would hate me if I didn’t do a season 2, so I feel a lot of pressure and I think I should. The big hit of Season 1 is a big reward for me, but at the same time, it gave me a lot of pressure.

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