[Weekly Digest: Oct. 4-10] Netflix's 'Squid Game' continues to earn fame worldwide

나확진 / 인턴 차민경 / 2021-10-09 08:00:52
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by Ra Hwak Jin / Cha Min Kyung


◇ Netflix's "Squid Game" continues to heat up in popularity worldwide


▲ This photos, provided by Netflix, show Netflix original series "Squid Game." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Yonhap) -- Netflix's original Korean series "Squid Game" and the cast's global popularity continued to heat up the entertainment industry during the first week of October. 

 

Four main cast members of "Squid Game," including Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, and Jung Ho-yeon, appeared on popular American talk show "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" through video and shared their feelings about the show's global popularity and behind the scene stories.

In particular, Jung Ho-yeon reached more than 15.6 million followers on Instagram, surpassing the number of followers for actress Sung-kyung and Song Hye-kyo, becoming the most-followed actress in Korea.

The nine-part thriller has also maintained its No.1 position since its release as the world's most popular Netflix TV show rankings offered by streaming analytics firm FlixPatrol and continues to attract global attention.

Thanks to "Squid Game," Netflix also heralded a new Korean original series "My Name," starring actress Han So-hee as the leading role, is scheduled to be released on Oct. 15.
 

◇ Busan film festival opens again in near normal after two years


▲ The official poster of the 26th Busan International Film Festival (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


The 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) kicked off its 10-day run on Wednesday afternoon at Busan Cinema Center, an outdoor theatre in Haeundae, Busan, with actors Song Joong-ki and Park So-dam as the hosts of the opening ceremony.

The opening red carpet event, which was not held last year due to COVID-19, was also held in-person, allowing actors and directors to be seen in one place for the first time after a pandemic-disrupted year.

"Heaven: To the Land of Happiness," directed by Im Sang-soo was screened as the opening film at this year's BIFF. During the festival, 223 films from more than 70 countries will be showcased on 29 screens in six theaters.

A total of 11 films were selected for this year's "New Currents" competition section, which is regarded as a competitive category, and Canadian director Deepa Mehta will lead the jury for the New Currents Award.

The film festival will end on the evening of Oct. 15 with the screening of the closing film "Anita," a biopic film on Hong Kong singer Anita Mui, directed by Leung Longman.

◇ BTS-Coldplay collaboration single "My Universe" tops Billboard Hot 100


▲ This photo, captured from BTS' Twitter account on Sept. 23, 2021, shows the K-pop act and Coldplay in New York. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


K-pop sensation BTS once again made a No.1 debut on Billboard's main singles chart with "My Universe," a collaboration single with British rock band Coldplay, according to Billboard on Monday.

"My Universe" marks BTS' sixth No. 1 debut on the Hot 100 following the K-pop act's English language songs "Dynamite," "Butter," "Permission to Dance," as well as Korean songs such as "Life Goes On," and a featured remix song "Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)."

After BTS became the first South Korean artist to land at No.1 on Hot 100 with "Dynamite" last September, the band has achieved its six Hot 100 records over a span of a year and a little over a month. "That's the quickest accumulation of six leaders since The Beatles scored six over a year and two weeks, in 1964-66: "I Feel Fine," "Eight Days a Week," "Ticket to Ride," "Help!," "Yesterday" and "We Can Work It Out," according to Billboard.

After "Viva La Vida" ruled the chart in 2008, Coldplay achieved its second Hot 100 No.1 with "My Universe" in 13 years.

Shortly after topping the chart, Coldplay came on Twitter and wrote, "Congratulations RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook. Thank you to Coldplayers and ARMY and everyone who made this happen."

◇ Actor Nam Moon-chul passes away due to cancer and actress Choi Jung-yoon faces divorce
 

▲ This photo, provided by Management BK, shows actor Nam Moon-chul. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

This week, the public was hit with unfortunate news as actor Nam Moon-chul (50) passed away after battling with colorectal cancer. Nam has previously appeared in supporting roles for various movies such as "Ashfall" and dramas such as "Six Flying Dragons."

It was also shocking to hear actress Choi Jung-yoon and Yoon Tae-joon, the eldest son of chairman Park Sung-kyung of the E-Land Welfare Foundation, will divorce after 10 years of marriage.

 

▲ This photo, provided by SBS, shows actress Choi Jung-yoon. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Choi was introduced to her husband through an acquaintance and the couple began a romantic relationship. Choi and Yoon married in 2011 and have one daughter.

After Choi's divorce news broke out, the actress went on Instagram and wrote, "I have been acting for 25 years and am a mother. I have not divorced yet," however immediately deleted the phrase "I have not divorced yet" afterwards. However, Choi's agency stated, "Choi Jung-yoon is currently in the process of divorce."

 

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