Netflix has released the first trailer for the controversial King of Clones, which will be released on June 23, 2023. Hwang Woo-suk, a South Korean scientist, is the subject of a documentary based on his life and career. At 1 hour and 25 minutes in total, The Clone King will illustrate the growing importance and startling failure of Hwang’s human cloning project.
This documentary is an attempt by director Aditya Thayi to highlight the importance of ethics in the complex world of scientific research. He is known for the films Decoding Indonesia with Cheryl Marella and Decoding India with Anjan Sundaram. The official Netflix synopsis for King of Clones is as follows:
“From groundbreaking research into human cloning to a scandalous fall, this documentary tells the compelling story of Korea’s most notorious scientist.”
Due to the subject’s sensitive nature in the world of science and in Korea, Netflix provides an unbiased view of Hwang Woo-suk and his contributions to science.
Hwang Woo-suk, the Clone King, had his first skirmish with the rest of the world after his discovery.
Hwang Woo-suk, who was born in Korea, first studied veterinary medicine. He started working on animal cloning and achieved great success, including cloning cows and pigs. In 2004, Hwang’s team announced that it had successfully cloned the first human embryo and extracted embryonic stem cells from nine individuals. When allegations of research abuse and ethical violations surfaced in 2005, the scientific community was alarmed. The charges against Hwang focus on manipulating research data and forging. However, further investigation revealed that the study had been rigged and that the patient-specific stem cells were obtained from eggs donated by the researchers collaborating with him – a clear violation. on scientific ethics.
Hwang was fired from his position at Seoul National University, and the government prevented him from doing research and fined him financially. His reputation was severely damaged. He was also found guilty of embezzling research funding and buying human eggs on the underground market. Hwang has kept a silent record since the case.
According to an exclusive interview with Variety, it took Thaya nine months to approach Hwang for King of the Clones. Currently operating from Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour. Hwang said he turns down more than 50 interview invitations from US and Korean media every month. Thayi stated, “There was a reason he agreed with me, and I think it was because he felt he could trust me to tell his story—and not being Korean certainly made it. give me access,” she said. Aditya Thayi co-founded Peddling Pictures with Kavitha de Silva Wijeyeratne, former Endemol Shine Production Line Manager.
Look at the trailer for King of Clones
Netflix has yet to release an official trailer for King of Clones. However, previews of the documentary are available online in the ‘Remind Me’ area. The teaser mentions a famous scientist who said:
“Bad behavior is never justified by good intentions.” Look what happened to Dr. Hwang. His trying to help people doesn’t justify such outrageous misconduct.”
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The story continues,
“He is on top of the world. He did what no one else had done before, and then he broke down and broke down completely. In a way, it’s a timeless story.”
Watch Hwang Woo-suk’s career serve as a cautionary tale about the consequences of scientific negligence in King of Clones, which premieres exclusively on Netflix on June 23, 2023.