Squid Game

Squid Game

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  • Duration: 1h
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Squid Game Story

Synopsis

A narrative about people who fail in life for various reasons, but then receive a mysterious invitation to play a survival game for a chance to earn 45.6 billion won. The game is played on an isolated island, and the competitors are imprisoned until a winner is determined. The plot will include classic Korean children's games from the 1970s and 1980s, such as the squid game, a form of tag in which offensive and defence utilise a squid-shaped board painted in the dirt. Watch the series to learn more about who won the game and what happened to the other competitors.


Why should you watch Squid Game?

Squid Game starts by offering us a detailed review of the main contestants: Cho Sang-Woo (an investment manager) aka Park Hae-Soo,  who is now sought for embezzlement; Seong Gi-Hun aka Lee Jung-Jae, a driver and a compulsive gambler; and Kang Sae-Byeok aka Jung Ho-Yeon (descendent from North Korea). The trio and other numerous characters, including Abdul Ali aka Anupam Tripathi, are in financial trouble, and the game's ruthless, deceptive rules don't help.

There are brutal carnage, numerous anxiety moments, and some horrifying disclosures and deceits, but what elevates Squid Game beyond the typical survival show format is the players' rare moments of togetherness. One can't help but root for them as they struggle to work together as a team through a genuinely terrifying game. Lines of inspiration for the games may be found in Hunger Games, Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale, David Fincher's The Game, and even Takashi Mike's As The Gods Will.

Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-Jae) is a gambling addict who's already spent so much of his life seeking for and gambling on shortcuts. His ex-wife is relocating across the country with his kid, his mother requires surgery, and he has agreed to give up organs to money-lenders who practically drain his blood. The first episode builds up his anguish before introducing the series' game show mechanics, and the subsequent episodes exacerbate it. He desperately needs to win. Besides the protagonist Gi-hun, the game focuses on and delves deeper into the minds of several other individuals, making you want to root for or even despise some of them. When you add in the problems of survival outside of the game, it pushes everyone to choose between defending themselves or attacking their biggest threats.

The unrelenting cruelty of the Korean drama Squid Game is not for the faint of heart, but incisive social criticism and an unexpectedly sensitive core will keep viewers riveted to the screen. This series is available in both Korean, with English subtitles and English as the preferred audio. However, viewing it in Korean gives justice to the riveting performances of the key protagonists.


Trivia Alert

  • Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show's creator, created it 10 years ago. However, it was rejected for ten years by media corporations and performers.
  • Lee Jung-Jae was cast as Gi-hun by director Hwang Dong-hyuk to disrupt the charming image displayed in his prior performances.
  • The loose fit of the worker jumpsuits was selected to conceal the employees' gender and give the scene a colony vibe. The soldiers' masks were particularly fashioned to imitate an ant's face.
  • The set designer, Kyung-Sun Chae, believed this was her most difficult project since she had to create something, not just childlike and charming, but also spooky and menacing, and safety issues for the performers.

Squid Game - Where to watch?

Yay! The show is available for streaming online and you can watch Squid Game on Netflix.

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