With the first season of Netflix’s latest Korean drama Squid Game leaving the audience on the edge of their seats, the thriller series has gone on to become the newest rage on the internet. From a variety of memes to millions of review posts floating on the internet, the nine-episode Korean drama has become an instant hit after striking a chord with the audience. However, the show seems to have run into some trouble after airing a real phone number in the first episode. But that’s not the end of the crisis, as a scene from the finale episode displayed a real a bank account number belonging to a South Korean citizen.
Needless to say, Squid Game team has been on the receiving flak from viewers for their error. Meanwhile, the team has stated that they are currently trying to fix the situation while the real owner of the number continues to be barraged with several calls everyday. According to a Korean report, the man was quoted saying, “I have been receiving calls and texts endlessly, 24/7, to the point that it’s hard for me to go on with daily life. This is a number that I’ve been using for more than 10 years, so I’m quite taken aback.”
Interestingly, National Revolutionary Party’s honourary chief, Huh Kyung-young, on hearing the news, offered to the trouble phone-number owner an offer of 100 million won. “I heard that the owner of the phone number showed on a business card in Squid Game is suffering serious damage from prank calls. I would like to buy the number for 100 million won,” he posted on Facebook.
Given the popularity and the immense response that the non-English show has received, Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos, at the Vox Media’s Code Conference at the Beverly Hilton said, “There’s a show on Netflix right now that is the No. 1 in the world, like everywhere in the world. It’s called Squid Game,” while praising the Korean drama.
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