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South Korea's 'Squid Game' Emmy Award Celebration Calms Down | Entertainment News

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans took to social media on Tuesday to congratulate “The Squid Game” on social media for winning multiple awards at the Emmy Awards as the country adjusts to its increasingly important role in global entertainment. , the overall reaction was subdued.

From K-pop sensations BTS and BLACKPINK to the four Academy Award-winning film Parasite, Korean pop culture is now a global phenomenon. It was big news when “Ikasama” became the first Korean drama to win an Emmy, but many Koreans weren’t as surprised by its success as it was in the past.

South Korean social media were flooded with messages after Netflix drama star Lee Jung-jae won Best Male Actor in a Drama Series and its creator Hwang Dong-hyuk won Best Drama Director on Monday. Did. Both were the first Asians to win in these categories.

President Yoon Seok-yeol congratulated Lee and his fans, saying that the entire nation was celebrating their achievements in a show that resonated with viewers around the world.

“(We) hope (you) will continue to be active in your work and appear in good works that move hearts around the world,” Yoon said in a message to Lee shared on Facebook. Stated.

Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon wrote on Facebook that he was proud that Korean artists were producing works that were “enthronedly admired and highlighted by the whole world.”

Members of the public also wrote congratulatory messages on social media. However, some messages were critical of the drama, with Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” winning Best Picture at the 2020 Academy Awards and becoming the first non-English film to win three other Oscars. The level of elation was much lower than when I became pregnant.

Then-President Moon Jae-in and his advisers kicked off their regular meeting with applause celebrating the Oscars, and the news was covered extensively in the South Korean media.

Hours after winning an Emmy for “Squid Game,” the news was still on the front page of the Internet version of major South Korean media outlets, but domestic politics ruled so it didn’t make it to the top. I did.

“People are getting used to[major awards],” said film critic Kim Si-im. and Park Chan-wook won Best Director at Cannes (“Decision to Leave”).Koreans no longer believe that there are barriers to entry for these awards, and anyone can win if they put in the effort. I think we can win the award.”

Kim said Koreans are less familiar with the Emmy Awards than they are with the Oscars.

“Korean TV dramas have been huge in Asia for years, especially in markets where people share similar sentiments with Koreans,” said Kim. “‘The Squid Game’ became a wider global hit for tackling a serious global problem of inequality, but with the novelty of telling its story through brutal and deadly competition in children’s games. I took a different approach.”

“As a Korean, I am very proud[of the drama],” Choi Hyun-sik, a 32-year-old office worker, told The Associated Press. did.”

22-year-old college student Jung Ye-won said, “(Lee Jong-suk) gave his speech in English at the award ceremony, but at the end he emphasized Korean fans and people in Korean, so I was very moved.” . student.

The Squid Game is a brutal survival drama in which desperate adults compete in deadly children’s games for a chance to escape debt. In the drama, Lee stars as the show’s protagonist, Song Ki-hoon, a laid-off auto worker dealing with a messy divorce and struggling with constant business failures and gambling problems.

Associated Press journalists Yong Jun Chan and Joo Won Park contributed to this article.

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