Childhood games turn bloody in Netflix’s new K-drama ‘Squid Game’

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Netflix is releasing a new K-drama called Squid Game this month, and it’s about to take you to the edge of your seat.

The action-thriller tells the story of 456 people invited to play in a mysterious competition called “Squid Game” for a cash prize of ₩45.6 billion (approximately P2 billion).

The game’s title refers to Korea’s version of tag, which kids play inside a squid-shaped board drawn in the dirt. This, combined with the fact that the ‘players’ are swamped with unpayable debt, makes joining the competition a no-brainer for them.

What they do not know is that the tempting prize comes with deadly stakes. Once the game begins, the childlike game arena transforms into a chaotic scene filled with murder and mayhem.

Since the game has already begun, the only way out is to win it. In order to bag the prize and in order to stay alive, the participants even resort to putting the lives of other participants on the line. Check out its gripping trailer below.

In a press release, Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk introduces the series as “one giant allegory that expresses the capitalist society of contemporary times” and alludes to the diverse stories of the game participants and how they have been driven into a corner due to competition in modern society.

A stark comparison is created by showing children’s games enjoyed during childhood and altering them into something much more extreme and competitive. The participants, who feel like they are on the edge of a cliff, charge forward without hesitation toward the enormous prize. The way they rush toward the money reminds us of ourselves as we struggle in a capitalist society.

Squid Game will be released on September 17 only on Netflix.

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