Cashing in on the Hallyu wave and love for all things ‘Hunger Games’, Netflix’s latest offering ‘Squid Game’ is a fictional South Korean survival drama where contestants, who are up to their neck in debt, participate in violent murder games to win money. Yes, you read that right.
This fictional drama, which has taken the world by storm, is well on its way to becoming Netflix’s biggest show ever. Here’s all you need to know about it before you start watching it, if you haven’t already.
- The show is based on a real-life children’s playground game of the same name, and is a variation of the tag game.
- 456 people compete against one another for the grand prize of ₩45.6 billion.
- The contestants have to play simple children’s games such as Red Light, Green Light or Tug of War. Winning equals money. Loser gets death. There’s no in-between.
- The shapes on the mask of the costume worn by the guards in ‘Squid Game’ were inspired by buttons of a PlayStation controller.
- Writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk wrote the script back in 2008. Back then, he was in debt and it made him think that if a game such as this existed, he would have participated in it.
- ‘Squid Game’ became the first Korean drama to top Netflix’s ten-most watched charts globally.
- The phone-number that’s used in the series is an actual South Korean number. And the owner has been offered $85,000 by a South Korean presidential candidate to buy it off him.
- The show stars popular South Korean model HoYeon Jung, hailed as Korea’s next top model by ‘Vogue’.
Creator: Hwang Dong-hyuk
Cast: Lee Jung-jae, HoYeon Jung, Park Hae-soo, Heo Sung-tae, Kim Joo-ryoung
Streaming on: Netflix