Pyongyang may be trying to impose control over the influx of capitalist culture by all means, but a good lot of North Koreans are peeping through the gaps to watch South Korean dramas, especially the super-hit “Descendants of the Sun” that stars Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo.
North Korea had launched a crackdown on distribution of DVDs and USBs containing South Korean dramas and films, which were smuggled in from the outside world. Some of its nationals were even executed for watching and circulating such DVDs, according to a 2015 report on North Korean human rights by South Korea’s state-run Korea Institute for National Unification. But North Koreans are risking their lives for South Korean dramas.
A report said that North Koreans are seeking to relieve their stress stemming from the country’s 200-day hard work campaign by watching South Korean dramas or listening to K-pop music. Daily NK cited sources familiar with the reclusive country.
The report said that in particular, young North Koreans are enthusiastic about watching “Descendants of the Sun,” which tells the love story of Dr. Kang Mo-yeon and Army Capt. Yoo Si-jin in the fictional war-torn country of Uruk.
“Descendants of the Sun” was aired on KBS2 from Feb 24 to April 22. It was an instant hit when it aired in South Korea and soon became an Asian phenomenon.
While there were controversies surrounding the drama at the beginning, it turned out to be a grand success and has made Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo the most popular actors in South Korea. Now, it is said there will be a sequel to it, which will also be remade as a movie next year.