Netflix’s original Korean drama “Squid Game” won 6 awards at the “Emmy Awards”, the most prestigious awards ceremony in the American broadcasting industry.
In particular, it is more meaningful because it is the first time in Emmy Awards’ 74-year history that a non-English-speaking work has been awarded Best Actor and Best Director awards.
In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that “Squid Game” swept the Emmy Awards.
Actor Lee Jung-jae, who won the Emmy Awards for Best Actor with his deep acting skills, is great, but director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s passion for creating the drama “Squid Game” is also enough to receive applause from people around the world.
Above all, director Hwang Dong-hyuk endured numerous difficulties until he won the Emmy Awards.
Director Hwang Dong-hyuk made his directorial debut in 2007 with the movie “My Father”.
Although it was an ambitious film featuring actors Kim Yeong-cheol and Daniel Henney, “My Father” did not do well at the box office due to mixed reviews from actual audiences.
After honing his skills, director Hwang Dong-hyuk returned with the popular movie “Silenced” in 2011 and received a lot of attention.
The movie “Silenced”, famous for starring actor Gong Yoo, is also well known as a film adaptation of a novel of the same name based on the Gwangju Inhwa School incident.
The incident, in which young deaf students were the victims of repeated sexual assaults by faculty members over a period of 5 years, caused great anger in society as it was made into a movie and attracted attention.
However, at that time, the movie “Silenced” was put on the “blacklist” for injecting negative perceptions into the public by portraying government officials and police as corrupt and incompetent groups.
In fact, in the past, the “Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye government blacklist” included the names of Bong Joon-ho, who produced “Parasite”, and Hwang Dong-hyuk, who produced “Squid Game”.
Other works included in the blacklist at that time included “The Host”, “Joint Security Area”, “The President’s Barber”, “National Security”, “Silenced”, “Snowpiercer”, “The Attorney” and “May 18”.
Fans were surprised when they first heard that director Hwang Dong-hyuk, who imprinted the power of K-drama around the world with Netflix’s drama “Squid Game”, was on the blacklist in the past.
Fans responded, “I’m really grateful to director Hwang Dong-hyuk for not giving up until the end and letting the world know the status of Korean dramas”, “It’s so creepy that I almost didn’t watch ‘Squid Game'”…
Meanwhile, director Hwang Dong-hyuk is working on “Squid Game 2”, which is scheduled to be released in 2024.
“Squid Game” became the top-viewed program in 94 countries. It attracted more than 142 million member households and amassed 1.65 billion viewing hours during its first four weeks from launch.
In addition, the film created a syndrome by making a profit of 1 trillion won from a production cost of 30 billion won. Besides, Sep 17 was declared as the official “Squid Game Day” in Los Angeles.