The Pyongyang regime plays with the macabre side of Hwang Dong-hyuk’s series and sees it as an analogy of “current South Korean society”.
Squid Game is a global success. Truly global. Its buzz is such that it has crossed the very hermetic borders of North Korea. The incumbent Communist dictatorship did not fail to mock the drama created by the South Korean neighbor, believing it to be stinging proof that capitalist culture is a “bestial failure“.
It is the propaganda site Arirang Meari which thus engages in a sharp criticism of Squid Game (via Variety) describing the series of Hwang Dong-hyuk “like the grim reality of a bestial South Korean society”.
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The site explains that “Squid Game has gained popularity because it exposes the reality of South Korean capitalist culture (…) a world where only money counts – hellish capitalist horror and where corruption and immoral scoundrels are rife. ” The North Korean dictatorship takes its analysis further and judges that the series is an analogy of “today’s South Korean society where the number of losers in fierce competition for jobs, real estate and stock options is increasing dramaticallye. “
Obviously, the Pyongyang regime has certainly been annoyed by an intrigue that concerns it directly, since in Squid Game, candidate 067, Kang Sae-byeok (Played by Hung Ho-yeon), is a North Korean who fled her country to the south in search of a better life. She is ready to do anything to also get her mother out of the country, even to enter this tournament to the death …