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"Squid Game" roundup

The Squid Game Cast Play Netflix Bingo (Under No Threat of Death!)

The incredible cast of Squid Game, Jung Ho-yeon (Sae-Byeok), Lee Jung-jae (Seong Gi-hun), Wi Ha-jun (Joon-ho) and Park Hae-soo (Cho Sang-woo) guess each other's favourite Netflix movies and shows in this exclusive interview. Thankfully in this game, nobody dies.

"Squid Game" becomes 'biggest-ever' Netflix series

The smash-hit Korean-language drama series "Squid Game" has become Netflix's most successful original content, the U.S. streaming giant said Wednesday.

Netflix said the dystopian series had been viewed by more than 111 million accounts in the first 27 days since it debuted on Sept. 17. The previous record holder was "Bridgerton," which was viewed by 82 million accounts within the first 28 days of its release.

"Squid Game" has topped the popular Netflix TV show charts in 94 countries, including the United States, Britain and France, since its first release, according to Netflix.

In the U.S., in particular, the nine-part survival drama has become the first non-English content that has remained the No. 1 spot for 21 days in a row.

"Since Netflix launched its Korean service in 2015, our goal was to display quality Korean-made content to those who love Korean shows across the world," said Kim Min-young, vice president of content in Asia Pacific excluding India. "'Squid Game' helped our dream come true."

Directed and written by Hwang Dong-hyuk, "Squid Game" revolves around hundreds of people taking part in a series of deadly Korean children's playground games to win 45.6 billion won (US$38.5 million) in prize money.

N.Korea website says "Squid Game" reflects S.Korea's 'beastly' society

A North Korean propaganda website said on Tuesday that the international Netflix hit "Squid Game" exposes the reality of South Korean capitalist culture where "corruption and immoral scoundrels are commonplace".

North Korea's Arirang Meari site cited unnamed South Korean film critics as saying that the TV series shows an "unequal society where moneyless people are treated like chess pieces for the rich."

Made in South Korea, the nine-part thriller, in which cash-strapped contestants play deadly childhood games in a bid to win 45.6 billion won ($38 million), became a worldwide sensation for Netflix when it was released in September.

"It is said that it makes people realize the sad reality of the beastly South Korean society in which human beings are driven into extreme competition and their humanity is being wiped out," the article said.

North Korea has been imposing stiff fines or prison for anyone caught enjoying South Korean entertainment or copying the way South Koreans speak as leader Kim Jong Un steps up a war on outside influences and calls for better homegrown entertainment.

A sweeping new “anti-reactionary thought” law was imposed late last year, including up to 15 years in a prison camp for those caught with media from South Korea, according to summaries of the rules obtained by Daily NK, a Seoul-based website that reports from sources inside North Korea.

South Korean culture in routinely criticised in North Korea. In March, the Arirang Meari website said K-pop stars were treated like “slaves” by large companies and lived a “miserable life” in the South.

In February 2020, a pro-North Korea newspaper based in Japan praised Academy Awards best picture-winning South Korean movie “Parasite”, calling it a masterpiece that “starkly exposed the reality” of the rich-poor gap in South Korea.

lol Lee Jungjae getting into Blackpink cute

source: Still Watching Netflix, Yonhap News, reuters, kylegoon
Tags: drama, netflix, north korea

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