Squid Game is a drama related to the survival theory, in the Korean language, under the direction and penmanship of Hwang Dong-hyuk. The story revolves around people who are trying to survive and, in return, will be paid a sum of a few billion won. The show is streaming on Netflix and its first episode aired on September 17, 2021.
The writer and Director Hwang have expressed that he had originally written the script in 2008. Still, he was in bad financial shape, and he thought that the storyline might be too complicated and grotesque for the audience. He also said that he decided to return with the story as the audience has undergone a transformation. Nowadays, unbelievable stories related to survival are considered intriguing, and the views enjoy it.
On September 2, 2019, Netflix announced that a series inspired by a popular 1970s-80s children’s game would be produced by Hwang Dong-hyuk, which was originally named Round Six. The casting of the film was confirmed on June 17, 2020. As of now, the producer has no plans of making a second season, but looking at the popularity, he might request the other members of the production crew to pitch in and help him with a story for the second season.
The series is developed surrounding people who are in debt. These people are in need of money and hence are successfully tricked into a game that appears to be a children’s game but is deadly. It shows that some that is so innocent looking can also lead to a person’s death. After realizing this, some want to come back, as the game will allow the participants to win a huge sum of money, but only if they survive, and the chances of survival are grim.
It can be considered as an innocent take on Hunger games with Red Light, Greenlight a few marbles, but the result of not winning is death. In the first episode itself, one of the main characters, Seong Gi-Hun, explained the game, which sounded like an elaborate version of tag, which the neighborhood children often played in a court shaped like a squid.
In the role of Seong Gi-hun, we will see actor Lee Jung-Jae. Actor Park Hae-soo is cast as Cho Sang-woo. We also have actor Jung Ho-Yeon as Kang Sae-byeok.
In other minor roles, we will have actor Gong Yoo cast as Salesman responsible for selecting participants. Actor Lee Jung-jun is playing the role of a guard. Actor Kim Young-ok is cast as the mother of Gi-hun, and we will also see Cho Ah-in cast as Gi-hun’s daughter, Seong Ga-Yeong.
The game’s massive audience reach has also given birth to several internet versions of the same game. The series has received 8.5/10 rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has also successfully broken many viewership records on Netflix, and is trending in the first position for quite some time now.