'Squid Game's' global popularity has real-life ripple effects

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Is Squid game about North Korea?

It's an Allegory: North Korea Website Says 'Squid Game' Reflects South Korea's 'Beastly' Society. ... "It is said that it makes people realize the sad reality of the beastly South Korean society in which human beings are driven into extreme competition and their humanity is being wiped out," the article said. U.S. News & World ReportIt's an Allegory: North Korea Website Says 'Squid Game' Reflects South Korea's 'Beastly' Society | World News | US News

How much money is won in squid game?

In the dystopian thriller, contestants clad in tracksuits and white slip-on sneakers compete in six games for a $38 million cash prize, and viewers are eager to buy merchandise to match the show's characters. ForbesVans, Tracksuits And Lots Of Dalgona: How Squid Game Mania Drives Massive Sales

Why was squid game created?

Squid Game (Korean: 오징어 게임; RR: Ojing-eo Geim) is a South Korean survival drama television series streaming on Netflix. ... Hwang had conceived of the idea based on his own economic struggles early in life as well as the class disparity within South Korea. wikipedia.orgSquid Game - Wikipedia

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SheThePeople 12 October, 2021 - 10:26am

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Also known as Hell is Other People, Strangers From Hell is a psychological thriller drama. The story is based on a popular webtoon, and revolves around a man, in his 20s, who has recently moved to Seoul. Unable to afford much, he takes up accommodation at Eden Studio, where the tenants give out a rather eerie vibe as if they all harbour a dark secret. Series of bizarre events spiral into madness and soon the young man begins questioning the motives of those around him.

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Taika Waititi Doesn’t Think Squid Game Should Be Watched With English Dub

Screen Rant 12 October, 2021 - 10:13am

It was very funny and a smart way to leverage the zeitgeist. Here is 'Squad Game.'

Just great stuff. The creative team is really doing a great job this year over at the network. Every week they have at least one quality skit that wouldn't be out of place on a PG version of Saturday Night Live.

'Squid Game' Episode 6's biggest twists are hiding in plain sight

Inverse 12 October, 2021 - 06:31am

Inside the Netflix hit series’ most closely held secrets.

The South Korean series could have been another flash in the pan for its streamer, but gripping storytelling and heart-wrenching twists help demystify why the series has instead become a global phenomenon.

If you’re not convinced, one episode of the series contains a number of hidden twists that set up the series’ best moments. Here’s how Squid Game crafted the smartest episode of the year.

Episode 6 of Squid Game follows the remaining players as they begin learning how to strategize to maximize their chances of winning. No longer just a game of Red Light Green Light, the gameplay is more akin to Survivor.

The game depicted in this episode requires the players to pair up, which poses an obstacle for players: do you play with someone strong? Smart? Manipulative? Nobody wants to play with elderly player Oh Il-nam, so protagonist (and degenerate gambler) Seong Gi-hun offers to pair up — despite Il-nam’s failing mental state.

The other pairs of interest are businessman Cho Sang-woo and Pakistani immigrant Ali Abdul, and righteous murderer Ji-yeong and North Korean defector Kang Sae-byeok. Each of these pairings is made in the hope they’ll play the game in conjunction with one other, but the first twist of the episode is the pairs have to play against each other in a simple game of marbles, with the loser’s life ending.

Each of these three pairings works to deconstruct what we’ve learned about the characters so far and foreshadows what will happen to them later. Here’s how each game breaks down.

For Il-nam and Gi-hun, choosing a game isn’t difficult. As a longtime gambler, Gi-hun gels well with a simple game of guessing and wagering. However, with his life on the line, Gi-hun isn’t willing to leave everything up to chance. When Il-nam’s memory fails him, Gi-hun takes advantage of the moment to ensure he’ll survive.

Right at the end, Il-nam reveals he knows Gi-hun was dishonest but lets him win anyway. It’s a sad moment, at face value, but after finishing the entire series, there’s much more to it. In the final moments of the series, we learn Il-nam was the hidden host of the Squid Game all along.

This seems like a giant shock, but it was foreshadowed by the marbles game. Il-nam seems like the most feeble person both in that match and the larger Squid Game, but there’s good reason for that: he knows what’s going on at all times.

Kang Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong take another approach to the game: they’re going to spend it getting to know each other, and then do a quick round at the end to decide who will perish. As they get to know each other, Ji-yeong realizes Sae-byeok isn’t participating in the game for her own enrichment, but for the sake of her family. To Ji-yeong, who murdered a member of her own family, this hits home.

When Ji-yeong loses the game at the end of the allotted time, she’s at peace with that outcome, knowing Sae-byeok has more to play for. This foreshadows Sae-byeok’s untimely end later in the game, when she peacefully accepts her fate knowing Gi-hun will take care of her brother if he wins.

For Ali and Sang-woo, the marble game isn’t a game of skill, but one of manipulation. After being convinced by Sang-woo to carry all the marbles in a sack around his neck, Ali wanders around looking for Sang-woo, only to realize he doesn’t have the marbles. Instead, he has a bag of pebbles.

It’s a heartless betrayal, but Sang-woo chose to sacrifice Ali and keep living. However, this decision doesn’t come without guilt, which foreshadows Sang-woo’s ultimate demise. There, he sacrifices himself in order for Gi-hun to win.

If you look closely, the end of the Squid Game is built into its beginning, and into this episode in particular.

Squid Game 's Lee Jung-jae Reveals Hollywood's Surprising Reaction to His Performance

Yahoo Entertainment 11 October, 2021 - 07:27pm

"No proposals or requests have come my way," he said in an interview from Oct. 11. "But, if the right one came along, I'd be happy to be in an overseas production. It could be fun."

For those who need a refresher, in the survival drama, Lee plays Seong Gi-hun, a divorced dad with a severe gambling addiction and a tendency to be self-involved. He's then presented an opportunity to compete in a mysterious game, which could settle his ever-growing debt.

The only catch? The participants who fail to successfully complete each round will be eliminated—for good.

Throughout this harrowing experience, viewers watch as Gi-hun grows into a respectable and empathetic man. And this flawed yet likeable portrayal is all thanks to Lee, who apparently predicted the series would reach audiences beyond his home country.

"I didn't expect this kind of success at all when I first boarded Squid Game as a project," he added. "But when I read the script, I understood that it contained elements that could resonate with everyone and work outside of Korea."

It's more than resonated with audiences, as Squid Game is set to be the streamer's "biggest non-English-language show" worldwide, per Ted Sarandos, Netflix's co-chief executive officer and chief content officer.

So, it's actually mind-boggling that Hollywood isn't fighting over Lee as we speak! Still, Lee is unbothered by Hollywood's underwhelming reaction—though it likely helps that he has a well-established career in South Korea.

"Nothing much has changed for me as an actor," he said about himself during Squid Game's ongoing success. "But Gi-hun's character changes a lot over the course of the show. It has a large spectrum, which any actor would want to try out at least once in his career. This was possibly the first time I've played a character with such a range."

We hope Hollywood comes to their senses and books Lee in something ASAP, because we'd watch him in just about anything.

Squid Game is available to stream on Netflix.

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The following contains spoilers from Netflix’s Squid Game. Squid Game. The Netflix hit hailing from South Korea is either something you’ve heard of but have no interest in… a show you sampled but soon realized you didn’t have the stomach for… or it was your latest binge. Across nine episodes (including the abruptly short one […]

Top South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae is thoroughly enjoying the extra burnish to his already distinguished career that has come from the global success of “Squid Game,” Netflix’s hit survival game TV series. However, he says that the phone is not ringing off the hook with new offers from Hollywood. “No proposals or requests have […]

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