Chips 1, 2, 3. The South Korean series Round 6, also known as Squid Game (Squid Game), brought a new version of Hunger Games, mixed with Fall Guys and conquered millions of users on the platform.
How much would you risk for your family’s money and recognition? Well, this is the central issue discussed by the series throughout the episodes. In the plot, people drowning in debt propose to play a sequence of games in exchange for a lot of money (45.6 billion Korean won, in other words, more than R$ 200 million). But there’s a detail: whoever doesn’t win, dies. However, competitors only discover this when participating.
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Full of mysteries, the production invested almost in a parallel world to record the series and managed to create two central symbols: people dressed in red overalls and masks, as well as a giant doll that represents a game.
Check out 10 trivia of the most watched series in Brazil in recent days:
- In the beginning, there were many beds covering the dormitory walls, but as more participants died, the number of beds decreased. Hidden behind the beds were paintings showing the games that would be played. With only three participants and three beds remaining in episode eight, the paintings on the dorm walls became apparent. This backdrop design detail impressed many spectators. At first glance, these paintings resemble illustrations in a children’s book, which made it easy to dismiss them without thinking too much. However, the paintings on the dorm walls were actually important clues that could have helped the participants win.
- The script for Round 6 was completed in 2009. However, it was difficult to attract investors and actors because, 12 years ago, the genre and plot of Round 6 were considered too brutal, far from the conventional.
- During Round 6’s press conference, director Hwang Dong-hyuk revealed that he wrote the script for the series 13 years ago, back in 2008. That year, the director was in deep debt, as were the 456 participants in Round 6. This led him to think, “If there was a game like this, I would have played in it.”
- If we had to choose two colors to define Round 6, they would be green and pink. Principal Hwang Dong-hyuk dressed the participants in green gym clothes as it reminded him of what Korean high school students wore when he was young. To give a good color contrast, the soldiers were dressed in hot pink, which is the color directly opposite to green on the Color Wheel. The result is not only visually appealing, but it also makes it clear that the two groups are on opposing teams. Interestingly, pink is used to provoke fear in Round 6. In addition to the soldiers’ pink uniforms, the hallway between the dorm and the game arena is also pink.
- Although all soldiers wear the same clothes, the shapes drawn on the masks are different. Some have a circle drawn on their masks, while others have a triangle or square. The circle represents workers, the triangle represents soldiers, and the square represents managers. In Round 6, workers, soldiers and managers only perform their own tasks and nothing else. Otherwise they would be shot dead.
- In episode one, a top-down shot of the colorful and disorienting stairs impressed viewers and created an unsettling atmosphere. The director revealed that he was inspired by a lithographic print by Dutch artist MC Escher. Lithographic printing is one of Escher’s most famous, entitled “Relativity” and illustrates a world where the laws of gravity are different from the real world.
- At the start of Round 6, there were a total of 456 participants in the game. And these participants were all played by real actors. Hwang was adamant about minimizing the use of CG, which means that most scenarios were practically created and constructed. Lee Jung-jae, the veteran actor who played Gi-hun in Round 6, was surprised when he saw how large-scale the sets were in real life.
- Of course with so much success and drawing so much attention, Round 6 would not be far from some controversy. And the biggest one says that the South Korean story has some similarities with the Japanese film As the Gods Will, from 2014, by renowned director Takashi Miike.
- In Korean, the name Oh Il-nam literally means “man number one”. Oh Il-nam’s name is linked to his designated number, 001. This could have been the director’s way of foreshadowing the brain of Round 6. Oh Il-nam is not only the first participant in Round 6, but also occupies the first in terms of wealth and power. Another tip is shown in the first episode of the series. If you look closely, Oh Il-nam was not detected by the animatronic girl in the game “Red Light, Green Light”. You can see how it wasn’t outlined in green when the animatronic girl scans the crowd.
- During a talk at the Code Conference in Bervely Hills, Ted Sarandos, head of programming at Netflix, confirmed Round 6. become the biggest hit in the entire history of the platform.
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