The Squid Game (or in English Squid) is the new Netflix series which has become the sensation this fall. We’ll tell you then the true story behind this series that has attracted attention for being as raw as it is attractive.
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Upon The Squid Game a group of people with financial problems has come together to participate in a game whose winner will win a fortune. However, players are unaware of the violence with which this game will unfold.
The nine-episode series was created and written by Korean Hwang Dong-hyuk. The director has stated that among his main influences to develop his series was the novel Real battle and the manga Alice in Borderland.
Hwang Dong-hyuk was inspired by the mechanics of these two works of the genre survival to create the oppressive and cruel atmosphere of his series. As reported in various interviews, the screenwriter and director struggled for many years to be able to produce Squid game.
After abandoning the project a couple of times due to lack of support and budget, it was finally acquired and produced by Netflix in 2018.
Traditional games of South Korea
Upon Squid some have a huge role typical South Korean children’s games. Such is the case of the game that gives its name to the series; The squid game is usually played in schools and parks in the Asian country.
In this game, which has some similarities to Latin American hopscotch, the children draw a square, a triangle and a circle on the ground. The shape of these three symbols on the ground would form a figure similar to that of the cofalopod animal.
Another popular game in South Korea that has a special relevance in the series is called “Green Light, Red Light.”
In this other game, players must advance only when there is a “green light” and stop with the “red light” that indicates another player. If a moving player is caught during the red light, they lose.
Another crucial point to better understand the background of The Squid Game it is his music. TO soundtrack There are multiple children’s songs from the Asian country, as well as some famous songs from past decades.
As in the case of children’s games, the purpose of this music is to create a threatening atmosphere with elements that must be recognized as calming and nostalgic by the audience.