This is not the first time that Netflix has provided its fans throughout the world with high-quality Korean entertainment. “Squid Game” will be another of its upcoming South Korean venture. This original TV series, which will premiere worldwide on September 17, 2021, is a mix of action, thriller, intense suspense, adventure and drama. It will be available in 190 countries from its premiere date.
The style of the series appears to be a horrific combination of the popular 2020 Japanese drama Alice in Borderland and classic anime program like Deadman Wonderland and Darwin's Game.
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The director and screenwriter of the show is Hwang Dong-hyuk who is also recognized for his works like The Fortress, Miss Granny, and Silenced, among others.
‘Squid Game' will consist of nine episodes, each of which will last around 50 minutes.
What Is a Squid Game, Exactly?
‘Squid Game,' the direct translation of the Korean title, is a children's street game popular in the 1970s and 1980s in Korea. It's a physically demanding game that only ends when a winner is determined, similar to the survival game in the series. It gets its name from the fact that both offensive and defensive players draw distinct geometric forms on the ground, which together resemble a squid or a squid board. The game is also known as Round Six, Cuttlefish Game and Ojingeo Geim.
A Sneak Peek of the Plot…
A thrilling and dangerous survival game with a twisted plot in which 456 debt-ridden adults are kidnapped and forced to play warped versions of six childhood games for a prize pool of 45.6 billion won ($39.4 million). With a mastermind at the helm, the stakes are high and the games ahead are diabolical.
It features a group of people who have failed in life for various reasons and receive a strange invitation to take part in a nefarious game that offers them a large sum of money in exchange for their participation. As the game takes place in a peaceful looking unfamiliar area with warm colours, it looks to be considerably more deadly, as the penalty for losing is ‘death'. Even yet, the eventual winner might change the course of his/her life with the colossal prize money received. Children's games from South Korea from the ‘70s and '80s are included in the tale. These games include red light/green light, tug-of-war and squid games and so on.
Get to know the cast…
This narrative of a brutal test of morality and humanity has a fantastic ensemble cast of South Korean favourites, with Lee Jung-Jae and Park Hae-So in the major parts.
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Lee Jung-Jae is a Korean actor and model from Seoul who has appeared in films such as The Face Reader (2013), New World (2013), Assassination (2015), The Thieves (2012) and Deliver Us From Evil (2020). The 48-year-old actor will make his Netflix debut in ‘Squid Game,' in which he will portray Gi-Hun, a guy who gets dismissed from his job and loses everything before entering the game.
Park Hae-Soo, who is recognised for his previous roles in Prison Playbook (2017), By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture (2019), and Time to Hunt (2020), co-stars with Jung-Jae in the lead role. By this time, he's undoubtedly a Netflix veteran, having appeared in a number of films on the streaming site, including the aforementioned Time to Hunt, Persona (2019), and Racket Boys (2021). In the game, he plays Sang-Woo, Gi-Hun’s childhood pal who also enters the game since he sees no future in his current workplace despite all the hard work he puts in.
Other cast members who have been announced as well, include:
- Oh Young-soo who plays Il-nam is along term name in theatre, film and drama.
- Wi Ha-Joon portraying as Joon-ho is known for his supporting rules in Soul Mechanic, Romance is a Bonus Book and was recently seen in 18 Again.
- Jung Ho-Yeon playing the role of Sae-byeok shows her strong emergence with her debut in the show
- Gong yoo’s cameo
Let’s look at the trailer!
Our awareness of juvenile games' dark side deepens thanks to a trailer on social media.
When a voice in the tape states, “A player who refuses to play will be eliminated,” the show shows the evil side of the scheme and the repercussions that would follow.
The trailer begins with multiples shots at a grand scale with people shown being seized and transported to a big chamber where they are collectively clothed. In the next shot, the contestants are told what they need to do to earn the prize money (45.6 billion won) and how to get there and also their current predicament of being under the burden of debt.
Prior to the games, the players are informed, “If you do not wish to participate, please tell us now.” the participants are provided with a way out of the game, however, they don't complain because of the alluring prize money at stake.
In the next scenario, the people are seen in the large ground where ‘Red light, green light' is the command given by a huge talking doll to the stranded gamers. Once when the game starts and the people who move during the ‘red light' are shot down to be eliminated, shock, panic, chaos and confusion among the other players are created, which leads to more individuals being ‘eliminated' from the game in vehement numbers.
This is the point at which the players decide to build the strongest team possible in order to survive the ordeal.
Several Korean traditional childhood games, such as tug-of-war and the squid game, are played by the players. Elite black masked individuals are spotted behind the strange game's command.
Many players, on the other hand, appear to be protesting against the violence, injustice and the awful circumstances in which they find themselves. “The fittest will survive,” being the mantra, forces everyone else to play along to keep their own lives and put others lives on the line.
What the Cast Has to Say?
The director and writer Hwang Dong-Hyuk revealed in an interview that, “I wanted to make a survival drama that was the most Korean.” He also said that he “wanted to create a sense of connection between the nostalgic games we played in our childhood and the sense of never-ending competition that modern adults feel.”
The director also explains Squid Game's significance by describing it as “a huge metaphor that reflects modern capitalism.” Throughout the series, there is a subtle twist that highlights the diverse stories of the participants that creates a striking contrast by illustrating how those who have ‘failed' in their lives and are going through financial crisis are now enslaved by modern society and find themselves in the mysterious competition playing children’s games, when the unexpected happens, the warm location and children's games turn into something intense, life-threatening and competitive battleground. People who are in precarious positions scramble towards money. It's a great example of how hard we have to work to live in a capitalist world.
The production team also stated that “It will be intriguing to follow the stories of the diverse characters along with how they engage in the game, with their motivations.”
Who will make it to the end?
What’s the point of the game?
Who are the cloaked figures in charge of the game?
Keep an eye out for the reveal of the mystery…