Squid Game on Netflix: All you need to know about the disturbing hit


Desperate and in debt, Squid Game players risk their lives playing deadly children’s games in the hope of winning big.

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Show n ° 1 on Netflix right now is a Korean series with a strange name. Squid game is a disturbing nine-part series about a world where children’s games become deadly. Squid Game Is The First Korean Drama To Reach # 1 On Netflix, Reaching The Milestone only four days after its release. It’s bloody and violent, but it’s also addictive and highly bingeable. Here’s what to know about the hugely popular show.

Disclaimer: Minor spoilers ahead, although I will only explain the basics of the series, not who lives or dies.

What is Squid Game?

Squid Game, which started airing on September 17, focuses on a group of people in dire debt in South Korea. They are first drawn into a deadly children’s play tournament, but many volunteer to return, realizing that the games may be their only chance to earn the cash they need to survive. Significant sums are at stake: 45 billion South Korean won, which translates to 38 million US dollars (27 million pounds sterling, 52 million Australian dollars). But the chances of survival are not good. Think The Hunger Games, which only offers contests such as Red Light, Green Light and Marbles.

You’ll likely get Hunger Games flashbacks while watching Squid Game, and there are flashbacks to Hostel and other horror movies when a group of wealthy masked VIPs come in to bet and cheer on the dead. But Squid Game doesn’t look like an impersonator – it’s a well-made drama / horror series. Rich stories are developed not only for the desperate contestants, but for those who run the game. Make sure you don’t miss the final episode, which is a real roller coaster.

You can watch the trailer here:

What does the name Squid Game mean?

In the first episode, main character Seong Gi-hun (played by Lee Jung-jae) explains that Squid Game was a game the kids in his neighborhood once played on a squid-shaped field. It’s kind of like Red Rover, or an elaborate version of tag. No spoilers, but the Squid Game itself ends up appearing in the Deadly Tournament.

Why should you watch Squid Game?

There is no doubt that the series has a dark theme and the blood is spurting freely. Watching children’s games turn into deadly battles is nerve-racking, and it’s not for everyone. But the characters are well developed and the action moves fast and never stops for long.

Main character Seong Gi-hun is a desperate father who is easy to root, but he’s not perfect – there’s a heartbreaking episode where his actions lead to heartbreaking loss. And he’s not alone – other nominees include an elderly man who becomes the group’s grandfather, a North Korean refugee, a gangster with a snake tattoo on his face, and a highly educated man who was the pride of his hometown, but didn’t quite live up to his potential.

The characters are introduced quickly and smoothly, and then the games begin. Once you’ve watched an episode, it’s hard not to keep coming back, if only to see who survives the next twisted game. And then … this end.

How can you watch Squid Game?

You will need Netflix to connect to the nine-episode series. (Read learn more about Netflix and how to get it here.)

Squid Game is an original Netflix drama, produced in South Korea, but it’s being dubbed in English. And unlike some shows where the dubbing leaves a little to be desired, this is top notch work. Viewers never forget that the show was originally in Korean, but the voice actors, many of whom are experienced American voice actors of Korean descent, are excellent. The show does not suffer when viewed in English. But you should read our article on why you want to adjust the subtitle settings on your TV for the best experience.

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Some of Squid Game’s scary guards have their own storylines.

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Will Squid Game have a season 2?

All nine episodes of Squid Game are already on Netflix, so if you’ve got nine hours to spare, go ahead and indulge yourself. Content Warning: When people lose these innocent children’s games, they die, often horribly. It’s up to you to decide if you want to see this in a nine hour binge, or if you’re going to need to space out your viewing and take breaks for sanity. (The episode of the marbles is particularly heavy.)

Once you’ve watched the whole series, don’t hold out for a second season. Writer / director Hwang Dong-hyuk told Variety he might return to the movies before he thinks of a Squid Game sequel.

“I don’t have any well-developed plans for Squid Game 2,” he told Variety. “It’s quite tiring just thinking about it. But if I had to do it, I certainly wouldn’t do it alone. I would consider using a writers’ room and I would like several experienced directors.”

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Squid Game has elements of The Hunger Games in its competitive format. It’s also reminiscent of Battle Royale, a 2000 Japanese film where middle school kids have to fight to the death using random weapons. It’s also a bit like the 2014 movie Snowpiercer, in which people fight for survival on an endless train traveling through a frozen apocalyptic world. (Snowpiercer later became a TV series.) And the three-part Japanese show, Alice in Borderland, features students transported to a parallel world where they must play games to survive.

Some claim that Squid Game is eerily similar to a 2014 Japanese film, As The Gods Will, directed by Takashi Miike. This film itself is based on a Japanese manga. This is also a tournament of death using childhood games and appears to have very similar scenes including a doll spinning around and trying to catch moving players.

What real life events inspired Squid Game?

Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk told IndieWire he came up with the idea behind the show in 2008, inspired in part by real-world events.

“At the time, there was the Lehman Brothers crisis; the Korean economy was hit hard and I was also struggling economically, ”he said. “In the last 10 years, there have been a lot of problems: there has been the cryptocurrency boom, where people all over the world, especially young people in Korea, go all out and invest all their money in cryptocurrencies. And there’s been the rise of IT giants like Facebook, Google, and Korea, there’s Naver, and they’re just restructuring our lives. It’s innovative, but these IT giants have also become very wealthy. “

And in 2016, a new global event prompted Hwang to develop the show further.

“And then Donald Trump became President of the United States and I think he looks a bit like one of the VIPs in the Squid Game,” he said. “It’s almost like he’s running a game show, not a country, like giving people horror. After all these problems, I thought it was time for this show to come out in the world.”

How did Squid Game spread in the real world?

People want to emulate some of the events of Squid Game – minus the murder. In Abu Dhabi, the show’s murderous tournament has been redesigned for a real event at Korean Cultural Center there. Two teams of 15, wearing T-shirts with the show’s logo, played Red Light, Green Light, Dalgona candy challenge, marbles, and Ddakji paper flipping game.

It might be fun, but things turned dark in a Belgian school. Kids who apparently watched the show even though it’s supposed to be for adults played Red Light, Green Light, and beat those who lost. The school has alerted parents and is cracking down on this behavior. The game is still allowed, but not the fighting afterwards.

Expect to see plenty of track-clad competitors and red-clad guards on the streets and at Halloween parties this year. There wasn’t enough warning for the big costume companies to step up, so people put the outfits together or look to Etsy and other artist markets. Here is our guide to Squid Game Halloween Costumes.