Oct 1, 2021

Squid Game: The Netflix show adding murder to playground nostalgia

In Squid Game, a group of 456 people, in debt and desperate, are lured into a bloodthirsty survival game where they have the chance to walk away with 45.6 billion Korean won if they win a series of six games. The games are simple enough - they are childhood games that the players grew up playing. "People are attracted by the irony that hopeless grownups risk their lives to win a kids' game," Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk said in an interview. As one gaming official says in the series: "All participants in the game are equal. We are giving people who have suffered unequal treatment and discrimination in the outside world the last chance to win a fair competition." In one of the most famous scenes from Squid Game, a giant robot girl uses her laser eyes to spot players who have lost the game.

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