South Korean survival drama series 'Squid Game' wins major Emmy awards

The South Korean television series "Squid Game" has won six Emmy Awards, including best drama actor and best drama director.

The 74th Emmy Awards ceremony was held in Los Angeles on Monday. The awards are presented for outstanding achievements in television in the United States.

"Squid Game" became a global hit when it was released on Netflix. The series is about hundreds of people in financial debt competing in survival games for a large cash prize.

The US media say it is the first time that a non-English TV series has won major Emmy awards.

South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae won the award in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Lee said, "I want to share this amazing honor with my fans, friends, and family in Korea."

The award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series went to Hwang Dong-hyuk.

Hwang said, "I believe I have to say we've all made history together. I truly hope 'Squid Game' won't be the last non-English series to be here at the Emmys."

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has sent congratulatory messages to Lee and Hwang.

Yoon told Hwang, "Your meticulous approach and insight into the dilemmas of modern society, such as inequality and loss of opportunity, earned the deep sympathy of the people of the world."

The South Korean entertainment industry is becoming increasingly popular around the world.

In 2020, the South Korean movie "Parasite" became the first foreign-language film to win the Best Picture Oscar.

The K-pop supergroup BTS has been nominated for Grammy Awards in 2021 and 2022.