“He looks a bit like one of the VIPs”


Squid Game – Hwang Dong-Hyuk, Donald Trump

Presley Ann / Getty; Brandon Bell / Getty Hwang Dong-Hyuk (left), Donald Trump

The creator of Netflix’s ubiquitous new series Squid game said this week he knows the world is ready for it following a series of global financial crises and other pressing economic issues … and the election of Donald Trump.

“After all of these issues happened, I thought it was time for this show to hit the world,” he told IndieWire on Sunday.

The Korean-language drama – reportedly to become one of Netflix’s most popular shows – revolves around a group of 456 people facing massive debt who voluntarily participate in a series of simple games with the goal of winning a prize. in cash of $ 40 million.

But in Squid game, games are deadly and the lives of all who play them are at stake. If a player loses, he will die.

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Speaking to IndieWire, writer and director Hwang Dong-hyuk said he designed the show in 2008, taking inspiration from the real-world financial crisis.

“At the time, there was the Lehman Brothers crisis; the Korean economy was hit hard and I was also in economic trouble,” Hwang told IndieWire via a translator.

He said he initially envisioned the story as a movie, but met resistance from studios and artists when pitching the idea.

The appetite for such a show grew, however, as other issues – the rise of cryptocurrency, the election of Trump – began to dominate the global conversation, he said.

“In the last 10 years, there have been a lot of problems: there has been the cryptocurrency boom, where people all over the world, especially young people in Korea, go all out and invest all their money in cryptocurrencies, ”Hwang said. “And there has been the rise of IT giants like Facebook, Google and in Korea, there’s Naver, and they’re just restructuring our lives. It’s innovative but these IT giants are also became very wealthy. “

“And then Donald Trump became President of the United States… After all these problems, I thought it was time for this show to be broadcast to the world,” Hwang continued.

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He said the former US president was similar to the so-called “VIP” characters in the series, a group of ultra-rich who support the game and wear animal masks in order to remain anonymous while they watch the games. competitors play.

“I think he looks a bit like one of the VIPs in Squid game“Hwang said.” It’s almost like he’s running a game show, not a country, like giving people horror. “

Netflix is ​​out Squid game in the United States on September 17. The series “entered the Top 10 on September 19 at No. 8, climbed to No. 2 the next day, and was at No. 1 on its fourth day of availability on September 21,” according to Variety.

In South Korea, the show’s home market, it debuted at # 2 and reached # 1 the next day.

“The concept itself wasn’t realistic back then 10 years ago. It was too weird and people thought it wouldn’t be a profitable movie, also because it was violent and it there would be an audience problem and that target audience would shrink, ”Hwang told IndieWire. “But 10 years had passed and for Netflix their distribution system is different from the movies; they have less restrictions, so I was able to go my own way of making this movie and I felt less pressure on those. problems.”

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