‘Squid Game’ Smuggler Condemned to Death in North Korea
In North Korea, a man is said to have been sentenced to death for sneaking copies of Netflix’s smash series “Squid Game” into the country. According to Radio Free Asia (via Variety), authorities were led to the man when high school kids were found watching the series.
According to the investigation, “Squid Game” was smuggled into the nation from China using a USB flash drive. Although “Squid Game” is not available in China, it continues to be popular thanks to piracy networks. The smuggler faces a firing squad, while the kids who brought “Squid Game” into school face prison sentences.
“A student who bought a drive earned a life sentence, while six others who saw the performance were sentenced to five years hard labor, and teachers and school administrators were fired and face exile to remote mines,” according to Radio Free Asia. “Squid Game,” a South Korean survival thriller directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, follows a group of participants who agree to participate in a secret survival game with a grand prize pool of approximately $40 million.
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Hundreds of players compete in the game, which mixes typical children’s activities with cruel twists. Lee Jung-Jae, Park Hae-soo, and Wi Ha-Joon are among the cast members. The first season’s nine episodes aired in September, and the show quickly became a cult favorite. In its first 28 days of release, “Squid Game” racked up 1.6 billion hours of viewing, making it the most-watched Netflix original TV series in history and the single most-watched piece of original Netflix content.
“North Korea approved the ‘Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture’ act in December 2020, prohibiting the entry and transmission of cultural items such as films, plays, music, and literature in the country,” according to Variety. The statute is primarily intended to limit media spread from South Korea and the United States, and individuals discovered distributing or consuming such media may face penalties.
According to widespread reports, a guy was publicly killed in April of this year for selling drives and CDs containing South Korean information.” “Squid Game” is now available to watch on Netflix around the world. Although the show’s producer has stated publicly that another round of episodes will be produced, the streaming giant has yet to announce a second season.
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