The South Korean drama Squad Game has become one of the most popular series on Netflix. The success of SkidGame, which was televised in 90 countries in early October, is due to the fact that it offers foreigners an inside look at South Korea’s complex social structure.
Along with its captivating storytelling, the outline of the show’s actual events affecting the daily life of South Korea has received critical acclaim.
The drama came after the movie Parasite, which brings to life the conflicting lives of families in Seoul.
Parasite became the first film to win the Best Picture Oscar Award in 2020 and shoot in English without a movie. The film won five more Oscars, including Best Director Award.
International audiences, who were not yet familiar with the social problems of South Korean society, are now aware of them.
We review the main issues highlighted in the series.
Warning for those who haven’t had the series yet* Contains malicious
South Korea ranks 102nd for gender equality in the World Economic Forum’s 2021 Global Gender Discrimination List.
Squad games reflect this culture, with discussions being held that women may consider female contestants appropriate for certain roles.
In the drama One-to-One Mutual Era, Mutual Fund Manager Chu Sang Woo tries to stop women from participating in the group’s role.
But the show itself has been criticized for portraying its female role.
Conflict centers, especially around the Mi-nyeo character. The man had sex with gangster Duke Xu to join his team.
Sky Sports writer and director Hong Dong Hyuk denied the allegations leveled on his social media account.
Speaking to the Korean newspaper Hankook Ilbo, the director said he wants to show that the characters do so in the face of dire circumstances.
Criminal arrivals from North Korea
The series also deals with the Divine who are moving from North Korea to the South.
The character Sae-biuk, played by Model Jung Hee Yoon, joins the game in the hopes of getting his family unharmed, making him the money he needs to get his family, which he separated when he fled North Korea. Was done
Before the outbreak, more than a thousand North Koreans were flying to North Korea each year.
Although South Korea has different policies for their social and economic integration, it is common for them to discriminate, abuse and doubt.
Squad Game also handles the series. In addition, there is one detail that non-Korean speakers will not understand: Sae-byok, like many people who fled from the north, keeps their original walleye and extracts with the Seoul lect willem.
He uses his real pronunciation when lying down with his brother in the orphanage.
People are often surprised to learn that there is poverty in South Korea. Because South Korea is ranked 23rd in the United Nations Human Development Index, there are countries like France, Italy and Spain.
But the protagonist, Gi-hun, has been sacked, businesses broke up, unable to afford to live with his ailing mother and to buy a birthday present for his daughter.
Gi-hun shows a “failed worker” who can’t afford to get out of poverty.
South Korea outperforms some of the Nordic countries in the Guinea Index, which measures the fairness of income distribution in society.
So this topic is being led into the show?
Because there is inequality and Korea is in South Korea. The richest 20% of the country is 166 the richest 20%.
The OECD data shows that 17% of the country’s population of 51 million lived in poverty before the epidemic.
Some people today live in small cubes called Goshitel and Goshiwon, which today can be as little as two hectares in width.
In some homes, more than one generation of a family lives together.
But even today the struggles are struggling: domestic debt exceeds gross domestic product. This is the largest rate in Asia.
One of the favorite characters in the SkyGame characters is Ali, a Pakistani immigrant factory worker who joins the competition after the South Korean boss stops his wages for months, forcing him to Wife and behind ar leave dvd.
Pakistanis have not been included in South Korea’s immigrant population, but Ali’s background highlights a pattern of hard work and exploitation that few foreign workers can experience in the country.
Although South Korean authorities have enforced labor protection laws over the past 20 years, human rights groups say the situation can still be very bad for migrant workers.
Editorial and political culture of choice
One of SkyGame’s main characters is mutual fund manager Chu Sang Woo, who was fired after being revealed that he was taking money from the bank where he worked.
South Korea has been linked to several scandals in politics and business in recent years.
They also had corruption that sent Park Geun-hye, the country’s first female president, to prison in 2016.
A complicated relationship with China
In the SkyGame, China is mentioned only one: euro: When Greenbike’s mother was arrested in China while trying to flee South Korea through China.
The relationship between Beijing and Seoul is much clearer in its reflection than in drama.
The Chinese press writes that the green dress worn by the actors resembles the Chinese movie “Teacher, Like”, which was released in 2019.
This sparked controversy on social media.
But these controversies do not affect the series’ popularity in China.
Although Netflix is banned in China, the series can be seen on pirate sites.
On Dublin, China’s most popular movie and book review site, the series received 300,000 comments and received 10 out of 7.6 impressions.
In fact, e-commerce sites in China have begun selling items such as costumes from theaters.
In Shanghai, Dalgun’s shops are opening a series of Korean desserts.
There are also videos on TuckTalk, replicating the game of Dalgona in the series.
Skidgam may be negative connotations with such innocent dessert but the popularity of the series is vests of interest in Korean culture, usually in the surreal world.