TL;DR – Gory as hell.
Squid Game in 3 words: Violent, addictive and bingeworthy.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you may have heard references to this popular show on Netflix. Now this Korean series titled Squid Game was released on September 17. What a name for a show though!
A dramatised survival game in the vein of “Hunger Games” and nine-episode series about a world where children’s games turn deadly, Squid Game is the first Korean drama to top the charts on Netflix, reaching that milestone in mere four days after release. It’s written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk.
What’s Squid Game about?
Squid Game focuses on a group of people with huge debts taking part in a series of deadly games to win prize money in South Korea. These 456 people, who have all struggled in life, are invited to play a deadly survival competition with hopes of winning big bucks. US$38.7 million to be precise.
All in all, Squid Game is a well-developed horror series with strong cast. But miniiii spoiler alert: The final episode though…
Why the name Squid Game?
In the first episode, main character Seong Gi-hun (played by Lee Jung-jae) explains that Squid Game was a game kids in his neighborhood once played on a squid-shaped court.
Do I want to watch Squid Game? Family-friendly?
Squid Game is made in South Korea, and dubbed into English. And the dubbing is well-executed!
Well, do you want to watch it though? TBH, the show is kinda dark. Children’s games turned into deadly competitions can be unsettling, and not everyone’s cup of tea. When people lose in these innocent games, they suffer horrible fates… But the characters are well-developed, and the story moves quickly! Trust us, you won’t be bored. It’s addictive, so start when you have a few hours to spare!
Now… that ending… OK, don’t worry – no spoilers here!
Watch Squid Game on Netflix
All nine episodes of Squid Game are on Netflix already, so go ahead, block out 9 hours, sit back with your favourite snacks and “enjoy”. In case you have already finished it, don’t bank on a sequel. It seems Hwang had no immediate plans to write a sequel to Squid Game. Reason? He did not have well-developed plans for a follow-up story. Shortly after the show’s release, users of social media adapted some of the games featured in Squid Game as Internet challenges, including the first “Red Light, Green Light” game and the second honeycomb cookie game.
Enjoy! And oh, friendly warning: Not for kids, bloody scenes and sex scene to be expected.