The Thriller Began To Hit Popularity Since The Series Premiered On September 17th 2021.
Squid Game, the survival series is the most-viewed TV show in about 80 countries. It is the brainchild of South Korean director and screenwriter Hwang Dong-hyuk, and until now, the biggest Korean Netflix series to top the charts.
The show is a deceptive thriller with people taking part in a deadly tournament. The desperate participants are in dire need of urgent capital to clear their debts, and with all the hardship they struggle to overcome, they also have to win their loved ones back.
It is known as a ‘dark social satire’ where players not only participate and choose to put their lives at stake but also to win a life-changing cash prize.
The protagonist Gi-Hun (Lee Jung-Jae), plays the role of a divorced father who is a bit of a degenerate and a gambler. He is dependent on his elderly mother whom he also lives with, however, occasionally stealing her money and spending it over gambling.
After spending a long hard day, Gi-Hun is approached by a smartly dressed young man in the subway, who offers Gi-Hun a chance at winning money by playing games. Gi-Hun decides to accept the offer and opts to play the game after giving the offer some thought. He is then taken to a deserted island, where he awakes in a dorm with 455 other players. He also finds his long-lost childhood friend Sang-Woo (Park Hae-Soo), the bright kid who escapes from the neighborhood only to steal & embezzle, leaving him wanted and in debt.
The final participants sign a contract as their first step towards the game and to get started with the Red-Light, Green-Light to begin with – rules are that even if a single participant moves during the Red-Light signal, they are killed by sniper rifle.
That is when the real game begins and becomes truly dangerous. If you refuse to play any game, you are to face immediate death. The players are offered to sign out of this nightmare however, giving up the cash prize of $40 million. The plot twist occurs when the players fear not only dying at the hands of the game owners but by each other as the worst side of human nature emerges.
You might get some Hunger Games feels while watching the Squid Game however, it will not feel as a copycat show at all. It is diabolically different, well-executed, and as disturbing as they come!
Do You Know What Squid Game Actually Is?
The show begins as the protagonist, Seong Gi-Hun explains that the Squid Game was a game kids in his neighborhood once played on a squid-shaped court. It is kind of like Red Rover, or an extended version of tag.
Why Should You Watch Squid Game?
The show has an addictive feel, you will watch, even when you don’t wact to. You will be invested in the characters and you will want to KNOW what happens to them.
You are in for a completely dark, disturbing and bloody Netflix series. You will experience a sickening feeling in the pit of your stomach as you witness how harmless children’s games evolve into a deadly battle for life. The characters are well-developed, the main character Seong Gi-Hun who is a desperate dad and not so perfect human has a heartbreaking episode of his actions leading to a heart-wrenching death.
And he is not the only one.
Which audiences is the show recommended for?
The show categorizes the seventeen-plus due to its gory, violent & sexual content. Do not be deceived by a large smiling doll that is often known to be the famous Red-Light Green-Light game on the Squid Game poster on Netflix. It is certainly not suitable for anyone still young enough to be playing hopscotch, marbles, or any game in the show.
There are a high number of deaths that occur during the series, during incredible takes on playground games that involves high levels of violence and torture.
Disclaimer: If a child under the age of 17 watches the series a guardian is recommended to accompany while watching the show.
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From those who were stuck on it!
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Ouch! That hurt if you’re Korean!
And there were many!
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Inspiration came fast & furious!
And there you have it – The Squid Game – And if ‘The Game’ has caught your fancy, then play on, but let it be known that …We Warned You!