After students watched the Netflix series ‘Squid Game,’ a smuggler was sentenced to death in North Korea.


After students watched the Netflix series ‘Squid Game,’ a smuggler was sentenced to death in North Korea.

North Korea has taken a heinous attitude against a man who smuggled into the nation copies of Netflix’s South Korean mega-hit Squid Game. According to Variety, the individual has been sentenced to death by firing squad, as reported by Radio Free Asia (RFA). According to RFA, a non-profit news organization located in the United States, the series was smuggled into the nation on flash drives, and North Korean police discovered a group of youths watching it.

“A student who bought a drive was condemned to life in prison, while six others who watched the show were sentenced to five years of hard labor, and teachers and school administrators were fired and face exile to remote mines,” according to RFA. As a measure of control, North Korea enacted the Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture Act in December 2020, which “prohibits the entry and dissemination of cultural material such as films, plays, music, and books in the country,” particularly from South Korea and the United States. The RFA further claimed that the heavy sentences these individuals received have made others fearful of being involved in the continuing probe.

Squid Game is the most successful Netflix original in the streaming service’s history. The survival thriller follows a group of people who are recruited to participate in a series of lethal challenges modeled on childhood games. The participants are all from low-income communities, and the masked game organizers have enticed them to risk their lives in exchange for the chance to win unbelievable riches. The plot essentially boils down to a dark and foreboding picture of class difference, with the players prepared to die — or even kill — for a chance to improve their life by having more money. The show has been a huge hit with Netflix subscribers and has spawned a slew of social media memes in the last two months.

Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung star in Squid Game. The first season, as well as three more titles by creator Hwang Dong-hyuk — Silenced, Miss Granny, and The Fortress – is available to view on Netflix. Season 2 of Squid Game has yet to be announced by the streamer, and no release date has been set.


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