The South Korean drama Squid Game arrived on Netflix in September and quickly became one of the most popular shows of 2021, with countless fans prepping their Squid Game costumes for Halloween and baking the infamous dalgona cookies.
Now Netflix’s biggest series, Squid Game catapulted its stars – many of whom were well known in South Korea – to worldwide fame, with Lee Jung-jae leading the cast as Seong Gi-hun, a driver. with a huge game which is invited to play a series of children’s games to try to win a large amount of money.
However, Gi-hun and his fellow tournament participants soon learn that losing the game results in the loss of your life and those who survive continue through the various rounds of Squid Game in an effort to come away with a changing amount of money. life and avoid the cremation room. .
Read on to learn more about the stars of Squid Game and the movies and shows they’ve appeared in before.
Lee Jung-jae plays Seong Gi-hun
Who is Seong Gi-hun? Seong Gi-hun is a gambling addict divorced whose financial problems prevent him from obtaining custody of his daughter. He lives with his mother in a modest home and soon finds out that she has diabetes and needs surgery. When he hears about the secret game and its substantial cash prize, he decides to participate in it so that he can settle his debts and pay his mother’s medical bills.
Where have I seen Lee Jung-jae before? The South Korean actor began his career as a model before moving on to television and film. He has appeared in numerous South Korean series and films, including The Face Reader, The Last Witness, Typhoon and Il Mare in 2000, which inspired Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves’ The Lake House.
Park Hae-soo plays Cho Sang-woo
Who is Cho Sang-woo? Cho Sang-woo grew up poor alongside Seong Gi-hun. A gifted student, Cho Sang-woo eventually graduated from Seoul National University and became the leader of an investment team. Unfortunately, he gets caught stealing money from his clients and is wanted by the police, so he decides to enter the game with Seong Gi-hun.
Where have I seen Park Hae-soo before? Hae-soo’s career began in musical theater before making his breakthrough in the 2017 drama Prison Playbook, which won him the Best New Actor award at the Seoul Awards. He also appears in the Korean adaptation of Money Heist.
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HoYeon Jung plays Kang Sae-byeok
Who is Kang Sae-byeok? North Korean defector, resourceful Kang Sae-byeok joins the game in a bid to get the money she needs to get the rest of her family out of North Korea and help her little brother, who is in a orphanage in Seoul. She is good with a knife and a skilled pickpocket, both of which are useful in the arena.
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Where have I seen HoYeon Jung before? Squid Game marks Jung’s first acting role, with the newcomer rising to fame after appearing in the upcoming Korean Top Model and parading for Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
Anupam Tripathi plays Abdul Ali
Who is Abdul Ali? He is a migrant worker from Pakistan who loses several fingers in an accident in the factory where he works. He has never been compensated and he volunteers to participate in the Squid Game to provide for his wife, child and the rest of his family in Pakistan.
Where have I seen Anupam Tripathi before? India-born Tripathi is one of the few non-Korean actors in Squid Game. Much like Jung, Squid Game is his first major acting role, although he has appeared in Space Sweepers, also on Netflix, and in the movie Ode To My Father.
Oh Young-soo play Oh Il-nam
Who is Oh Il-nam? Squid Game’s oldest player Oh Il-nam, also known as Player 001, joins the game after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. He soon befriends Gi-hun, who feels responsible for the old man in Squid Game – but he’s not as helpless as he seems at first glance.
Where have I seen Oh Young-su before? Oh Young-su played a monk in both A Little Monk and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring.
Heo Sung-tae plays Jang Deok-su
Who is Jang Deok-su? Seoul gangster Jang Deok-su has racked up a considerable gambling debt and is on the run from his crime lord chief when he joins the game. Don’t disturb him, in case you haven’t. guessed on the photo above.
Where have I seen Heo Sung-tae before? Heo Sung-tae is no stranger to playing baddies, having appeared in the Beyond Evil series as ruthless businessman Lee Chang-jin. He rose to fame in 2016 in The Age of Shadows and played roles in Netflix’s Racket Boys and The Fortress.
Kim Joo-ryung plays Han Mi-nyeo
Who is Han Mi-nyeo? Not much is known about the mysterious Han Mi-nyeo when she enters the game, other than the fact that she is a poor single mother – and that she intends to survive at all costs.
Where have I seen Kim Joo-ryung before? Korean drama fans will recognize Kim Joo-ryung for her roles in Korean dramas Kingmaker: The Change of Destiny and When My Love Blooms. She also appeared in Sleepless Night and Mr Sunshine in 2012.
Wi Ha-joon plays Hwang Jun-ho
Who is Hwang Jun-ho? Hwang Jun-ho is a Seoul policeman whose missing brother is linked to the game. After meeting Gi-hun, Jun-ho goes undercover as a guard in the game.
Where have I seen Wi Ha-joon before? The prolific Wi Ha-joon has starred in a series of popular Korean films and dramas, including horror images Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum and the thriller Midnight, and the dramas Romance Is a Bonus Book and Something in the Rain.
Lee Byung-hun plays The Front Man
Who is the front man? The Front Man is responsible for directing the entire game. Like everyone who works on the game, he wears a mask to maintain strict anonymity, with viewers not finding out who is below until episode eight.
Where have I seen Lee Byung-hun before? The Face Under the Mask is perhaps one of the best-known of the Squid Game cast, with actor and singer Lee Byung-hun appearing in some of Korea’s top-grossing films including Inside Men, Master, and The Good, the Bad, the Weird. He also played T-1000 in Terminator Genisys in 2015 and appeared in The Magnificent Seven and GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Lee Yoo-mi plays Ji-yeong
Who is Ji-yeong? Another cash strapped gamer – number 240 to be exact – Ji-yeong forms an unlikely bond with Sae-byeok. It is revealed that she was in prison for killing her abusive father.
Where have I seen Lee Yoo-mi before? The actress had roles in 365: Rehearsal of the Year, Hostage: Missing Celebrity and Doctor John.
Squid Game English Dub Actors
- Greg Chun as Seong Gi-hun
- Stephen Fu as Cho Sang-woo
- Paul Nakauchi as Jang Deok-su
- Hideo Kimura as Oh Il-nam
- Vivian Lu as Kang Sae-byeok
- Rama Vallury as Abdul Ali
- Tom Choi as a leader
- Donald Chang as Hwang Jun-ho
- Stéphanie Komure as Han Mi-nyeo
- Yuuki Luna as Ji-yeong
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