If you loved how crazy was the plotline of Alice in Borderland last year, Netflix has a new offering that should interest you as you wait for Season 2 of Alice in Borderland.
The new show, entitled Squid Game, is a Korean production that revolves around 456 participants, who are experiencing individual desperate situations, playing mysterious games to win a 45.6 billion Won (or roughly Php 2 million) cash prize while risking their lives in the process.
Director Hwang Dong-hyuk introduces Squid Game 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. Yes, this crazy fun TV series can also be seen as a social commentary on the current situation of the world.
The “games” in Squid Game are said to resemble games we enjoyed during childhood–except that they are made more extreme and competitive.
“If you do not wish to participate, please tell us now.” That is what is told to all 456 participants, as they prepare themselves for a really wild ride that they are unsure if they will make it alive.
Once the game begins, the childlike game arena transforms into a chaos-filled scene full of shock and screams. Since the game has already begun, the only way out is to win the game. In order to win the prize and in order to stay alive, the participants even resort to putting the lives of other participants on the line. With such unpredictable and large-scale games, who will eventually win?
Actors starring in Squid Game include Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Oh Young-soo, Wi Ha-Jun, Jung Ho-yeon, Heo Sung-tae, Tripathi Anupam, and Kim Joo-ryoung.
Squid Game will be available for streaming on Netflix on September 17. Check out the official trailer here: