Squid Game in addition to being an acclaimed TV series and protagonist of social networks, hides a deeper meaning: what is the secret of Squid Game? What did the director want to tell and what does serious TV represent?
Squid Game continue to reserve many surprises: the Korean TV series, after an initial period of mistrust, has become a true cult, enjoying incredible success.
The hype aroused by the series and the related viral effect on social media, turned a potentially risky experiment into an unparalleled success for Netflix.
Despite being a series with a purely oriental imprint (the games, the actors, the style and much more …), Squid Game has managed to involve a huge audience, feeding a hipe equal to historical series such as “Game of thrones” or “Lost”: just think that only on Tik Tok the videos related to Squid Game have exceeded 30 billion views
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Squid Game Secret Meaning
In the last challenge, the one that gives the title to the k-drama and that we see, at the beginning of the show, played innocently by the children, we do not remember an exact Italian correspondent. The name takes its cue from the shape of the perimeter outlined in the playing fields, the aim is to reach home plate by hopping on one leg, trying not to be thrown to the ground by the opponent who tries to hold you back (Jung revealed to finish always, as a child, to go home with the t-shirt in tatters). Director Hwang chose this game as a symbol of the series because its level of competitiveness and aggression most likely evokes the harshness of contemporary Korean society.
Some Koreans initially criticized the choice of “tarnishing” the purity of their childhood games by turning them into murderous versions, however the 50-year-old director of the series Hwang Dong-hyuk (the same of the denunciation film Silenced) did not take this decision lightly: the games represent both something nostalgic – today’s children prefer videogames and more sophisticated play activities – and the passionate compatriots for games without borders such as the very popular TV game show Running Man, which was attended by all the famous actors of the Country. Middle-aged contestants like Gi-hun and Elder Oh Il-nam still remember them, the rich and sadistic promoter of the game so obsessed with the memory of childhood happiness that he creates a corrupt and perverse version of it. Foreigners like immigrant Ali Abdul and North Korean refugee Kang Sae-byeok ignore some of them, ending up as disadvantaged as any foreigner struggling with South Korea’s rigid and exclusive society.
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