“Squid Game” CEO Kim Ji Yeon, “I hope well-made K-content will be the cornerstone of going out to the world beyond the barrier of the Korean language”

CEO Kim Ji Yeon hopes the success of “Squid Game” will open the door to K-contents to reach further. 

The director and cast members of Netflix original series “Squid Game” had a press conference right after the 74th Emmy Awards on September 12 (local time). At the press conference held at JW Marriott LA, Director Hwang Dong Hyuk, production company’s CEO Kim Ji Yeon, actors Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo, Oh Young Soo, and Jung Ho Yeon talked about the achievements of “Squid Game” at this year’s Emmys.

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CEO Kim Ji Yeon said, “When we first thought about making ‘Squid Game’, we started with the idea that it would be popular abroad. It feels unrealistic that it has come this far, which is beyond our expectations. I’m so grateful that the whole world has loved ‘Squid Game’. I feel like dreaming tonight. I would like to say thank you to the Netflix family, all actors, and officials for their great support in Korea.” 

CEO Kim Ji Yeon continued, “I don’t think it’s a good thing that people around the world sympathize with. When I met people with this story 10 years ago, it was unrealistic and I had to give up the production because it was absurd. But now, I’m asking the question that it doesn’t seem like the society or the world we live in is changing for the better. Even if I admit it, I think the message, ‘We should not give up on the humanity we have in the end,’ like Sung Ki Hoon’s line in season 1, has reached a big resonance for people around the world.”

Talking about the elevated status of K-content in the current era, CEO Kim Ji Yeon said, “A Korean movie called ‘Il Mare’ was remade in Hollywood. But in the current situation, wouldn’t there be no need for a remake?” 

CEO Kim Ji Yeon added, “The power of viewers and audiences who always give us good energy and energy of support is incredible. I hope that well-made content will be the cornerstone of going out to the world beyond the barrier of the Korean language.”

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