Since its launch on Netflix, “Squid Game” has been on everyone’s lips. Everyone has an opinion on the South Korean series … including the neighboring rival: North Korea. So, did President Kim Jong-un enjoy the series?
Squid Game : series number 1 on Netflix
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few weeks, you couldn’t miss the phenomenon Squid Game. Indeed, the series from the land of calm morning has been a hit on Netflix since its launch on September 17. A success all the more surprising since it only took one month for followers and non-followers to hear about the series. From now on, not a day goes by without an anecdote coming out, from the telephone number present in the fiction that really exists to the story of the doll in the series, including a very unfortunate news item. When we know, moreover, that the project created by Hwang Dong-hyuk was shunned for nearly 10 years, we say to ourselves that we are dealing to an absolutely improbable success story.
Today, Squid Game became the most viewed series in Netflix history, dethroning recent shows such as The Bridgertons Chronicle and Lupine. A record that should undoubtedly lead to a season 2.
As a reminder, the series, known for its many violent sequences (worthy of a Battle royale), follows several people plunged into financial difficulties so heavy that they are forced to participate in a deadly competition. Thus, the candidates will compete in survival events in the form of children’s games. The reward: 45.6 billion won (approximately 32 million euros). Only, as in the Koh-Lanta show: there should only be one left!
North Korea does not validate the series
To say that North Korea and South Korea are far from best friends in the world is an understatement. Indeed, everything separates the two territories. The two countries mostly engaged in a bloody civil war in 1950. Today, South Korea is a democracy and the twelfth largest economy in the world. Quite the opposite of his neighbor who has isolated himself from the rest of the world and locked himself into the authoritarianism of the Kim family. The popularity of such a series can therefore only irritate the country of dictator Kim Jong-un. The North Korean propaganda site Arirang Meari So did not mince words to tackle Squid Game, as reported by Reuters:
It makes people aware of the grim reality of the bestial South Korean society, in which human beings are drawn into extreme competition, where their humanity is shattered.
Calling it capitalist horror fiction, however, the site does not indicate how it obtained the Squid Game episodes, given that Netflix is not available in North Korea. The joys of pirating and illegal streaming, no doubt…
South Korean entertainment carries heavy penalties
This is not the first time that North Korean propaganda has challenged everything from the South. Indeed, Kim Jong-un himself had tackled K-pop a few months earlier, musical phenomenon very popular in South Korea, but also internationally. Considering this music as a threat to youth, he then ordered his government to do everything possible to ban it in his country. Clearly, the North Koreans who are now caught listening to K-Pop, can know the prison box!