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The ‘squid game’ attacks the debt-ridden nerves of South Korea.

Seoul, South Korea (AP) – “Squid Game,” a ruthless Netflix survival drama in which frustrated adults get a little too close to home to compete in deadly children’s games for a chance to escape severe debt. Li Chang Keun.

On its way to becoming Netflix’s biggest hit ever, the show has captivated global audiences since early September. It has affected the raw nerves in the home, where growing personal debt, job market declines and income inequality have been exacerbated by the financial crisis of the past two decades.

In the dystopian horrors of squid game, Lee The show’s protagonist, Seong Gi-hun, sees a glimpse of himself, a laid-off worker dealing with a broken family and constantly struggling with business failures and gambling issues.

Savong was beaten by gangster creditors for signing his limbs as collateral, but then received a mysterious offer to play in six traditional Korean children’s sports series to win 38 million.

South KoreaIn the hyper-violent competition for the final prize, savings were made against hundreds of other financially distressed players, with the losers killed in each round.

This raises troubling questions about the future of one of Asia’s richest economies, where those who once murmured about the “miracle of the Han River” are now lamenting about “Hell Jozin.” ۔ Korea Before the 20th century

“Some scenes were very difficult to see,” he said. Lee, A worker in the south. KoreaSangyang Motors who struggled with financial difficulties and depression after the carmaker laid down. It And in 2009, 2,600 other employees were laid off while filing for bankruptcy protection.

After years of protests, court battles and government intervention, Lee And hundreds of Xinjiang workers have returned to work in recent years. But not long before there were suicides among co-workers and family members who were mired in financial hardship.

“In the squid game, you see the characters wandering around to survive after work, struggling to run a fried chicken dinner, or working as a ‘dairy’ driver,” he said. Drunk people get paid to drive home in their own cars, Lee Said. “It reminded me of my co-workers who died.”

Lee Said They And of that Colleagues struggled to find work and were backlisted by other auto companies that considered them militant workers.

A 2016 report. Korean University At least 28 fired Sang Yang workers or their relatives died of suicide or severe health problems, including those linked to post-traumatic stress disorder, medical researchers said.

“Squid Game” is one of many South Korean shows affected by the economic crisis. Its dark story of inequality and class is compared to Bong Jun Ho’s Oscar-winning “parasite”, which is inspired by another epidemic scene and violence. KoreaEconomic success story

Netflix tweeted on Wednesday that “Squid Game” has become its biggest original series launch after reaching 111 million viewers.

South KoreaRapid reconstruction has been spectacular since the devastation of the 1950-53 Korean War. The dark side of this rise

“Everywhere in the world there are serious class problems, but South Korean directors and writers seem to be more courageous,” said Um San Su, a film director.

In “Squid Game”, Seung’s troubles point to his firing by the legendary Dragon Motors a decade ago, pointing to Song Yong, which means “double dragon.”

Including hundreds of workers. Lee, Seized a Sang Yang plant for riots in 2009 to protest the dismissal before rioters dispersed police who surrounded them with sticks, shields and water cannons. Attacked and fired tear gas from a helicopter.

The violent clash left dozens injured and is woven into the story of the squid game. Sewing has a flashback about a dragon comrade killed by strike breakers, while the game’s co-conspirators set up barricades with hostel beds to try to end the contest with more sinister sneak peeks from vicious opponents. To prevent attacks.

Ultimately, in the brutal battle of the squid game, everyone prepares to risk their lives in the midst of hundreds of people who free themselves from the nightmare of irreparable debt.

The show features other crushed or backward characters, such as Ali Abdul, an undocumented factory worker from Pakistan, and an owner who refuses to pay him, exemplifying how the country Exploits some of Asia’s poorest people while ignoring dangerous working conditions and wages. Theft.

And Kung Sai Byeok, a refugee from North Korea who knew nothing but hard life on the streets and is desperate for money to save his brother from an orphanage and smuggle his mother from the north.

Many South Koreans are frustrated with moving forward in a society where good jobs are falling sharply and house prices are skyrocketing, making many people reluctant to make risky financial investments or gamble on corrupt currencies. Are willing to borrow.

Domestic debt, more than 8 1.800 trillion ($ 1.5 trillion), now exceeds the country’s annual economic output. Difficult times have pushed record low birth rates as struggling couples avoid having children.

The global success of the squid game is hardly a matter of pride, wrote South Korean lawyer Si Jeong Kim in Poland in a column in the Seoul Shinmon newspaper.

“Foreigners will come to you, saying that they too watched the squid game with interest, and may ask if Ali’s situation in the drama could really be in a country as rich and clean as the South. ? Korea“And I have nothing to say,” he said.

Kim Jong-un, another Sang Yang activist who spent months. Lee He said that while sitting on the chimney in the Sang Yang factory in 2015, the company was asked to rehabilitate the sacked workers. They Couldn’t watch squid game after one episode.

“It was very painful for me.” They Said.


AP Entertainment writer Joan Park contributed to this story.

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