NETFLIX’S new sensation Squid Game becomes the first series to top daily charts in all 83 countries where Netflix streams.
The South Korean survival drama television series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk based the narrative on Korean games of his childhood.
How much money do the players win in Squid Game?
There can only be one winner in the Squid Game, and those who lose the series of children’s games also lose their lives. For every dead player, 100,000 won or $84.62 is added to the prize fund.
In the violent and atrocious competition, 456 desperate and indebted contestants play with their lives. The last player standing wins 45.6 billion won, which is $38.6 million.
What inspired the creation of Squid Game?
Netflix’s Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk originally developed the script in 2008, when he was struggling financially.
“I wanted to write a story that was an allegory or fable about modern capitalist society, something that depicts an extreme competition, somewhat like the extreme competition of life. But I wanted it to use the kind of characters we’ve all met in real life,” Hwang told Variety. “As a survival game, it is entertainment and human drama. The games portrayed are extremely simple and easy to understand. That allows viewers to focus on the characters, rather than being distracted by trying to interpret the rules.”
Huang told Variety he derived inspiration from Japanese comics and animation over the years. It took him six months to write and rewrite the first two episodes of Squid Game.
What are Hwang Dong-hyuk other works?
Hwang has worked on multiple thought provoking major hit films throughout his career.
He wrote and directed The Crucible, a 2011 sexual abuse film based on real-life events at the Gwangju Inhwa School for the deaf, where young students were sexually abused by their authorities. The movie became a box-office hit in Korea and also provoked public uproar, causing the case to reopen.
Hwang was also the final screenwriter and director of Miss Granny, a popular musical comedy in Korea that has been remade in seven other countries, including China and Japan.
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