Hoyeon Jung, Squid Game star, reveals in a recent interview to Vogue Korea that lately she’s been obsessed with "VALORANT" by Riot Games “I just think it’s something the world needs right now, whenever I play it my mood changes for the better" pic.twitter.com/blQfwUKYUd
Hoyeon Jung, Squid Game star, reveals in a recent interview to Vogue Korea that lately she’s been obsessed with the video game expansion “Destiny 2: Forsaken.” “I just think it's something the world needs right now. Whenever I play it, my mood changes for the better.” pic.twitter.com/mDTjwRQjPZ
Thank you Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-jun, and Jung Ho-yeon for stopping by last night to talk all things #SquidGame! pic.twitter.com/9tkVWqe6bH
‘Squid Game’ star Jung Ho-yeon is hired as global ambassador for Louis Vuitton after she gains over 13 million Instagram followers since the hit series debuted on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/yB0vlrzwOw
Is there a season 2 of squid game?
Netflix and director open to making season 2 of Squid Game Netflix says that nothing has been decided about a season 2 of the Squid Game but speaking to Vulture Netflix's global TV head Bela Bajaria said it was up to the director's schedule and how he wants to proceed. AS EnglishWill there be season 2 of Squid Game? Have Netflix or its creator said something about it?
How many games are in squid game?
Squid Game season 1 had nine episodes, and six games played total, meaning most episodes contained a game and lots of deaths and reveals about who won or survived. Doing a weekly release model would mean that at the end of almost every episode, everyone would be buzzing about the last game, not the show in general. Forbes‘Squid Game’ Season 2 Should Change Netflix’s Release Model
What is the last game in squid game?
6. Squid Game. The final game in the show is a brutal face-off between Gi-hun and Sang-woo in which they play the titular children's game, Squid Game. It's a fierce and bloody battle between the two former friends with both taking the upper hand at certain points. INSIDER'Squid Game' games ranked from least to most stressful to watch
To help ensure you didn't miss any announcement, we've gathered all the best reveals from this year's NYCC below.
A new trailer for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has been revealed and shares a bit more about the film that takes place about ten years after Goku defeated Buu. While the trailer ended with a 2022 release window, no firm release date was given.
Star Trek: Prodigy stopped by NYCC to debut the first extended look at Kate Mulgrew's return as Hologram Captain Kathryn Janeway. It was also revealed that Robert Beltran will once again voice Star Trek: Voyager's Chakotay in this new series.
The Legend of Vox Machina - the animated show based on the Dungeon & Dragons web series Critical Role - will officially arrive on Amazon Prime Video on February 4, 2022. Alongside the release date, the show's opening title sequence was also shown.
Amazon's Wheel of Time is set to premiere on Amazon Prime on November 19, 2021, and NYCC saw the release of a new clip featuring Rosamund Pike's Moiraine.
A teaser for the sixth season of Outlander was shown at NYCC 2021 and gives a glimpse of the incoming storm and war the show's characters will have to face.
Funimation confirmed that Eureka: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution will be released in 2022. This final full-length film in the Eureka sequel trilogy is st 10 years after the events of the last film that was released in 2018.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus will officially be released on November 13, 2021, and will debut on both Crunchyroll and on Adult Swim's Toonami block.
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11 October, 2021 - 11:00am
Some recent tweets by 100T JobTeam and Jake Lucky pranked Valorant fans across the globe by reporting that HoYeon Jung, the star of Squid Game, is not only a massively Valorant fan but also an avid follower of the 100T JobTeam.
Recently, Valorant fans across the world were trolled by reporting that Squid Game star HoYeon Jung is not only a Valorant fanatic but also “obsessed” with 100T JhbTeam.
HoYeon Jung portrays Kang Sae-byeok (강새벽, 067), in Netflix’s hit series Squid Game, as a North Korean defector who enters the Game to pay for a broker to find and retrieve her surviving family members who are still across the border.
The 27-year-old model turned actress recently did an exclusive interview with fashion and entertainment-focused magazine Vogue, which led to the entire prank.
On Sunday (09/10/2021) morning, the entirety of Twitter was filled with alleged “reporting” that HoYeon Jung said she is a massive Valorant fan in her interview with Vogue. Considering the popularity of the series and Valorant, the news spread like wildfire, and many fans were amused.
But it was soon discovered to be nothing more than a troll, orchestrated by 100T JhbTeam and Jake Lucky.
While the rumours were soon debunked, and it was all in good fun, the fast spread of information also highlighted a dark side of information technology, where false news can easily fool anyone on the internet.
Squid Game, the Korean thriller drama series, has become an overnight sensation on the streaming service Netflix. The series follows Seong Gi-hun, a middle-class man with a massive debt, who is invited to participate in a series of children's games for a chance at a large cash prize.
He soon finds himself competing against 455 other people, each of whom wants the cash prize. The innocent children's game turns into a bloodbath when it's revealed that the eliminated players are killed off.
The series holds up a mirror to the economic class difference and desperation when people are willing to lose their lives for money. The series has expanded into a worldwide success with mainstream popularity.
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11 October, 2021 - 11:00am
Squid Game actress Jung Ho-yeon aka Player 067 of Netflix's smash hit Korean web series, which has become a global phenomenon, may have (SPOILER ALERT) lost the prize money and also her life after landing till the final round, much to possibly every viewer's chagrin, but in real life, her popularity in the aftermath of the show has resulted in an extremely lucrative deal. Jung Ho-yeon aka HoYeon Jung has just been appointed as the global ambassador of international fashion powerhouse Louis Vuitton, becoming presently the brand's second and only individual celebrity to hold the distinction after K-pop band BTS. That both of Louis Vuitton's brand ambassadors are Korean must come as immense pride to the country.
You could say life has come full circle for Jung Ho-yeon as she used to model before landing her first acting stint on Netflix's Squid Game. In fact, she had walked the runway for Louis Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2017 show and also appeared in its pre-Fall 2017 ready-to-wear campaign, thus making her new collaboration with the fashion label no less than a homecoming for the actress albeit in a much bigger way than how she was last associated with it.
Opening up on becoming Louis Vuitton's new global ambassador after BTS to a press contingent, Jung Ho-yeon said, “It's an honour to return to the fashion house that she once modelled for. I look forward to all the moments with Louis Vuitton as a global ambassador.”
Chipping in, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of women’s collections, told the press, “I hope to start a new chapter in the journey that began 5 years ago. I immediately fell in love with Ho-yeon’s great talent and fantastic personality.”
What's more, Jung Ho-yeon has also amassed as much as 15 million followers on Instagram after Squid Game. Talk about basking in your glory...eh?
11 October, 2021 - 11:00am
As Netflix's runaway fall hit, "Squid Game" hasn't just entertained, but has prompted audiences to reflect on its themes of the corrosive violence and dehumanization of predatory capitalism. And while most of its characters end up losing under the show's cutthroat conditions, the series particularly fails in the narratives assigned to its few featured women.
Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show follows hundreds of impoverished people competing in what they think will be a series of children's games for a chance at approximately $40 million U.S. dollars. Instead, they soon discover they're fighting for their lives, while the ultra-rich watch and make bets.
As the players – designated by numbers on their uniform green tracksuits – are eliminated one by one, and sometimes en masse, it's not terribly surprising that the main female characters all meet grisly deaths, albeit deaths that are somewhat coded as heroic. But upon further examination, it's clear that their stories are just bulked up enough to provide leeway for the series' male characters.
"Squid Game" has notably been praised by some for its surprising feminism in its short but touching scenes between two young women. Sae-byeok (Jung Ho-yeon), aka No. 67, is introduced from the outset as a rather surly pickpocket who is reluctant to trust others. We don't meet Ji-yeong (Lee Yoo-mi), No. 240, until halfway through the series during the tug o' war episode when it appears it seems there's little else to her beyond hating on a religious teammate.
When Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong decide to pair up for the next challenge, playing a game of marbles, it's revealed to them afterward that they're not teammates this time but opponents, and that the loser must die. While the rest of the pairs glumly decide on which game of marbles will decide their fates within the next half hour, the two young women instead spend their time together talking and getting to know each other.
Sae-byeok reveals her desperate journey from North Korea with her younger brother, and how the game's prize money will allow her to retrieve him from an orphanage and take care of him. Ji-yeong, on the other hand, has just gotten out of prison after killing her father, whom the show hints was abusive toward Ji-yeong and her mother. This is essentially 240's only significant amount of screentime throughout "Squid Game," and her story, presumably as a survivor who has been criminally and economically punished for self-defense toward her abuser, is compelling and gutting.
And as the clock ticks down to the deadline when a winner must be determined, Ji-yeong willingly throws the game. She chooses to be the one to die.
There's no doubt that nearly every contestant on "Squid Game" has a powerful personal story and reasons for playing the games. But 240's story stands out among those we know of men like No. 456 Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) and his gambling problems, or Jang Deok-su (Heo Sung-tae), No. 101, and his debts as a gangster. Ji-yeong is a survivor who ultimately sacrifices her life to help another young woman reunite with and take care of her family.
Losing Ji-yeong shortly after hearing her story and witnessing her kindness is tragic, but it's also frustrating because like so many other narratives about women told by men, it uses abuse as a mere storytelling device. It's a shorthand approach to building a deeper understanding of motivation and character, instead of offering her more focus, unpacking and screentime to build a narrative properly. Ji-yeong cheated in her marbles game to sacrifice herself, and we as viewers feel cheated as well.
Following 240's poignant death, the two remaining women are of course doomed also. The brash and mouthy self-proclaimed single mom Han Mi-nyeo (Kim Joo-ryoung), No. 212, had made her presence felt – and heard – from the start. Although, there's some question of whether her sob story about not being able to name her newborn was just a con for sympathy, very little effort is spent in telling her backstory to determine why she needs the prize money so badly. Regardless, she's portrayed to be a rather ruthless player but also wily; she's one of only two characters shown to be smart enough to figure out how to smuggle in contraband into the competition.
The arrogant Deok-su finds out she's a force to be reckoned with in the worst possible way. In the next round of play on the bridge made of glass panels, the majority of the remaining 16 contestants fall to their deaths. It looks like Han Mi-nyeo and Deok-su may just make it out alive, until she voluntarily plunges to her own death while taking him with her. She thus fulfills her pledge to kill him for his earlier betrayal.
Considering what a loathsome figure Deok-su is – bullying, assaulting and even murdering others in the competition – their shared death is a triumphant moment in some ways. It's a display of Mi-nyeo's courage, and the power of her lust for vengeance. But it's still a death, the end of her story, all while many questions continue to linger about her, like what will now happen to her mysterious nameless baby or more about the circumstances that led to her participation in the games.
Had Mi-nyeo's story been treated with more depth, this might have deepened our understandings of the plights of impoverished single mothers or even her upbringing in which she didn't receive the benefit of education like some of the more privileged men in the game. Instead, much of her character's screen time is devoted to scenes of her mouthing off to guards, being rejected by those she seeks to team up with because of her gender, or being bullied by Deok-su.
It's also particularly galling that Deok-su has had such an influence on her and garnered her loyalty for most of the series. She had initially teamed up with him because he seemed strong, and even had sex with him to cement their alliance. Within the same episode, he abandoned her, which is what eventually sealed his fate. The revenge isn't all that sweet when one considers that she killed herself as a reaction to a man's actions.
As one of the final three, Sae-byeok is definitely set up to be one of the series' central protagonists. After all, the audience had the privilege of seeing her life on the outside of the game and even met her younger brother. Unfortunately, the other two finalists are everyman hero Gi-hun and his childhood friend-turned-rival Sang-woo (Park Hae-soo), so of course her time is up as the last woman standing.
As the trio survive traversing the bridge, it self-destructs behind them in a shower of glass shards, which slashes each of them. While the men walked away with minor flesh wounds, it's revealed that Sae-byeok sustained near fatal injuries from shattered glass cutting open her stomach. Despite making it almost to the end, she knows she's on the verge of death.
Her last scenes are tragic and disheartening as she spends most of them in pain and collapsed on her bed (she didn't even get to enjoy eating that lavish steak dinner!). Even though she and Gi-hun share a few moments of trust in which she tries to elicit his promise to help out her family if he wins, he's too caught up in his rivalry with Sang-woo to pay attention.
Sae-byeok's last moments are spent on acting as Gi-hun's conscience – reminding him about his sense of honor and not giving into the temptation of killing Sang-woo while he's asleep – and then having her throat slit by Sang-woo himself. Seeing his newly trusting friend dead at the hand of his enemy, rage overtakes Gi-hun, who is even more determined to triumph in the final faceoff.
With Sae-byeok out, all of the female characters of "Squid Game" are now dead to make way for the anticipated duel between Gi-hun and Sang-woo. Compared to some of the other deaths on the show, from No. 1 (O Yeong-su) supposedly succumbing to his brain cancer to Sang-woo's fatal deception of Ali (Anupam Tripathi), the deaths of Ji-yeong, Mi-nyeo and Sae-byeok are memorable and heroic, displaying their courage, honor and even their self-sacrificing natures.
But their deaths are still deaths in service of advancing male narratives.
This is, of course, a recurring theme in popular action flicks that subtly hints at an understanding that audiences are mostly male and just want to see men fight. It's also assumed that women in the audience are perfectly content to see men fight because male narratives are regarded as the more important default. In an attempt to dodge overt criticisms of sexism or lack of gender representation, these action flicks may write in women, only to then write them out via character deaths that seem epic, but are really just upholding the status quo of action storytelling. In "Avengers: Endgame," Natasha Romanoff may have died to save the world, but her death was also about prioritizing a male character's future in the MCU over hers.
The spectacle of female death in action projects is given a glossy, feminist polish when women are subjected to memorable, heroic deaths. But going out in a blaze of glory isn't feminist if it's to clear the path for men, rather than other women.
The female characters of "Squid Game" are compellingly written, facing and uniquely overcoming sexism in the games, and taking control of their lives. But these characters are still in many ways written in service of male-centric storytelling — a mold that it's past time for the action genre to break.
Beyond these three women, "Squid Game" touches only lightly on gender and sexuality. These themes come up in peripheral ways: female contestants struggling to find partners and teams for the games that are rooted in physical strength or jokes about Mi-nyeo's status as a single mother.
Toward the end of the series, however, Hwang Jun-ho (Wi Ha-joon), the undercover cop searching for his brother who disappeared, at one point disguises himself as a waiter and is sexually preyed upon by a lascivious, wealthy VIP who is watching the games for entertainment. This VIP is portrayed as a pervert and sexual predator, and his same-sex soliciting of Jun-ho also just so happens to be the only queer representation in the series. Intentionally or not, there are some frustrating, homophobic connotations to this, especially considering recent progress and growth in LGBTQ representation in K-dramas, which "Squid Game" lacks.
Ultimately, the problems with gender representation on "Squid Game" aren't trivial, when we consider how predatory capitalism has particular, disproportionate impacts on women. In the U.S. and around the world, women are substantially more likely to experience poverty, and are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation and violence in the workplace. Giving more focus to female characters in a story about the horrors of wealth inequality, rather than semi-developing a few female characters and ultimately killing all of them off, would have actually made a lot more sense.
The obvious economic messages and capitalist critiques of "Squid Game" don't inherently mean the show has done enough, or that it doesn't have to "go above and beyond" to be inclusive and further explore the implications of identity in economic marginalization. Instead, if anything, in this story of inequality and economic predation, gender and identity should have received even greater focus, considering how inextricably capitalist oppression intersects with patriarchy.
The premature deaths and neglect of female characters like Ji-yeong, Mi-Nyeo and Sae-byeok are a lost opportunity for "Squid Game" — and a mistake to rectify should the show continue.
Kylie Cheung is a staff writer at Salon covering culture. She is also the author of "A Woman's Place," a collection of feminist essays. You can follow her work on Twitter @kylietcheung.
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11 October, 2021 - 11:00am
By this point, it seems there’s no one left who hasn’t heard of hit South Korean show ‘Squid Game.’ The gory series has taken the world by storm, and has even become the number one most-watched Netflix show in over 90 countries.
Fans have naturally been keen to follow the talented actors on social media after finishing the show, and many of them have been seeing insane growth in their follower count within just a matter of weeks.
The account is called ‘heyonjungnotofficial,’ although contrary to the username, they are actually verified, with over 3.5 million followers. So far, they’ve posted several short clips of the actress, and many fans were left wondering whether this is really her account or not.
However, HoYeon cleared up the confusion on October 9 in an Instagram story. “This is the only social media account I have at the moment,” she wrote. “I am currently not on Twitter, TikTok, etc. Thank you again for your support!”
The TikTok account has now changed its bio to reflect the fact it’s a “fanpage,” but many in the comments are calling out the mystery user for only changing it because they were “exposed.”
Although fans now know for sure that it’s fake, many are still hoping that HoYeon will eventually actually get her own TikTok account, and perhaps join in with some of the ‘Squid Game’ related trends on the platform.