A Korean series with an odd name is currently the most popular show on Netflix. Squid Game is a scary nine-part television series set in a future where children’s games have turned deadly.
Squid Game is the first Korean drama to debut at No. 1 on Netflix, only four days after its release. It is now the company’s most successful series launch ever. It’s gory and brutal, but it’s also addictive and binge-worthy. Here’s everything you need to know about the hit show.
What’s Squid Game about?
Squid Game, which began streaming on September 17, is about a group of people in South Korea who are deeply in debt. They’re duped into a fatal children’s game tournament, but many of them agree to return since they realise the games are their only chance to gain the money they need to survive.
There’s a lot of money on the line: 45 billion South Korean won ($38 million, £27 million, AU$52 million). However, the chances of survival are slim. Consider The Hunger Games, but with only Red Light, Green Light, and Marbles as contests.
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Squid Game will certainly remind you of The Hunger Games, and there are some references to Hostel and other horror films when a bunch of masked affluent VIPs arrive to bet on and cheer on the deaths. Squid Game, on the other hand, does not feel like a rip-off; it is a well-made drama/horror series. Not just for the desperate contestants, but also for those in charge of the game, rich backstories are created. Make sure to see the final episode, which is a great thrill ride.
What does the name Squid Game mean?
Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-Jae) says in the first episode that Squid Game was a game that kids in his neighbourhood used to play on a squid-shaped court. It’s like Red Rover or a more complex variant of tag. No spoilers, but the Squid Game itself appears in the fatal tournament at some point.
Why should you watch Squid Game?
The show has a gloomy tone to it, and blood flows freely. It’s unsettling to see children’s activities converted into violent combat, and it’s not for everyone. However, the characters are well-developed, and the action is fast-paced and never stops.
The protagonist Seong Gi-hun is a desperate father who is easy to root for, but he isn’t flawless; there is a terrible episode in which his actions result in a heartbreaking loss. Other participants include an elderly man who becomes the group’s grandfather, a North Korean refugee, a mobster with a snake tattoo on his face, and a highly educated man who was the pride of his hometown but fell short of his potential.
The characters are swiftly and cleanly introduced, and then the games begin. It’s difficult not to return for more after seeing an episode, even if it’s merely to see who survives the next twisted game. Then there was that ending.
How can you watch Squid Game?
The nine-episode series will only be available on Netflix. (For more information on Netflix and how to get it, click here.)
Squid Game is a Netflix original drama from South Korea that has been dubbed into English. And, unlike some episodes where the dubbing falls short, this is excellent work.
The voice actors, many of whom are established American voice actors with a Korean background, are great, and viewers seldom forget the show was originally in Korean. When watched in English, the show does not suffer. However, you should read our article on why you should alter your TV’s subtitle settings for the optimal experience.
Will Squid Game get a season 2?
Squid Game has all nine episodes available on Netflix, so if you have nine hours to spare, binge it. Warning: When these innocent children’s games are lost, people often die brutally. It’s up to you whether you want to watch it all in one sitting or spread it out over several days and take mental health breaks. (The event with the marbles is particularly heinous.)
Don’t expect a second season once you’ve finished watching the first. Hwang Dong-hyuk, the writer/director of Squid Game, told Variety that he may return to big-screen films before considering a sequel.
He told Variety, “I don’t have well-developed plans for Squid Game 2.” “Just thinking about it is exhausting. But if I were to accomplish it, it would not be by me. I’d like to use a writers’ room and have several skilled directors.”
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The competition format of Squid Game is similar to that of The Hunger Games. It also reminds me of Battle Royale, a Japanese film from 2000 in which junior high school students must battle to the death with improvised weaponry.
It’s also reminiscent of the 2014 film Snowpiercer, in which characters fight for survival on a never-ending train journey through a freezing post-apocalyptic landscape. (Snowpiercer was eventually made into a television series.) Students are transported into a parallel world where they must play games to survive in the three-episode Japanese show Alice in Borderland.
Some have said that Squid Game is remarkably similar to Takashi Miike’s 2014 Japanese film As The Gods Will. The film is based on a Japanese manga series. It’s likewise about a death tournament employing childhood games, and it appears to have certain sequences in common, such as a spinning doll attempting to catch players moving.
What real-life events inspired Squid Game?
Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show’s creator, told IndieWire that he came up with the concept for the show in 2008, inspired in part by real-life occurrences.
“There was the Lehman Brothers crisis at the time; the Korean economy was adversely hit, and I was also struggling financially,” he explained. “There have been numerous concerns over the last ten years, including the cryptocurrency boom, in which people all over the world, particularly young people in Korea, went all in and invested all of their money in cryptocurrencies. And then there came the rise of IT behemoths like Facebook, Google, and Naver in Korea, all of which are reshaping our lives. It’s inventive, but these IT behemoths are also extremely wealthy.”
In 2016, a major world event inspired Hwang to expand the programme.
“And then Donald Trump became President of the United States, and I think he looks a lot like one of the VIPs in the Squid Game,” he explained. “It’s almost as if he’s in charge of a game show rather than a country as if he’s trying to scare people. After all of these problems, I decided it was past time for this show to be shown.”
How has Squid Game leaked out into the real world?
People wish to recreate parts of the events from Squid Game but without the murder. The show’s deadly competition was reinvented for a real-life event in Abu Dhabi at the Korean Cultural Center. Two teams of 15 played Red Light, Green Light, the Dalgona sweets challenge, marbles, and the paper-flipping game Ddakji while wearing T-shirts with the show’s emblem.
That may be entertaining, but at a Belgian school, things have taken a turn for the worst. Kids who presumably watched the show even though it is intended for adults played Red Light, and Green Light, and beat up the losers. Parents have been notified, and the school is taking action against this behaviour. The game is still permitted, but not the subsequent bouts.
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