The South Korean Netflix series is sweeping the platform’s subscribers and is already a phenomenon on social networks, where some tests are going viral and theories are being raised for season 2.
The Squid Game has been sweeping Netflix for a couple of weeks, but the story created by Hwang Dong-hyuk had been in the mind of the South Korean filmmaker for a long time. Specifically more than 12 years, since it was in 2008 when the creator came up with the concept in question and thought that the public would not buy it easily. Not that he was wrong, but the truth is that today it is clearer than then that audiences like what they once considered macabre. And so Hwang himself explained it in an interview with Korea Times, although still surprised by the reception: “After 12 years, the world has drifted towards a place where peculiar and violent stories of survival are welcome, indeed.”
The story behind The Squid Game dates back more than a decade, in which Hwang worked delicately on each of the tests that were to be part of the competition and during which he could not help wondering if the spectators would find it coherent. The creator, who attributes the term “experimental” to his work without hesitation, was inspired by some Japanese manga and anime about survival during a time when he was going through a bad financial situation and that, like his story, pretend to be a allegory about today’s capitalist society and the competition it fosters.
The story behind ‘The Squid Game’ and the real game that inspired the Netflix series
The Squid Game [el juego real en que se inspira] it was one of the most physical and one of my favorite games. I felt that this game could be the most symbolic, and that it could represent the type of society we live in.
But in addition to the influences on manga and anime and the children’s games from which he was born The Squid Game, the main character of the Netflix series is also based on a real person. Gi-hun, played by Lee Jung-jae, is player 456 in the game, the last of the contestants, and the main figure around whom the plot revolves.
Gi-hun, like the game itself conceived as a survival competition, does not exist in real life, but Hwang Dong-hyuk he was thinking of a specific person when he created the character. Specifically in several people, in fact: those who organized the labor strike against South Korean carmaker SsangYong Motor in 2009 as a result of the massive layoffs that were taking place.
Gi-hun’s past in the series is that he was fired from the motor company “Dragon Motors”, a reference to the real-life layoffs of Ssangyong Motor that one of the real victims quickly detected and even thanked the creator of the series its inclusion through Facebook. “It’s true that I used Ssangyong Motor as a reference,” Hwang admitted. I thought that incident would help explain how a normal guy like Gi-hun could get this far. “
In a capitalist society, anyone can find himself in Gi-hun’s position at any time
“I wanted to present a character that could represent these people. It’s what I can do as an artist,” he explained to the South Korean newspaper. The Hankyoreh.
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