‘Squid Recreation’ director Hwang Dong-hyuk: ‘It is a story about losers’

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2021-10-08 07:06:18

In the event you’ve watched the breakout hit Netflix collection “Squid Recreation,” harmless kids’s video games like tug of conflict and purple gentle, inexperienced gentle might tackle a complete new that means for you.

For its creator Hwang Dong-hyuk, they have been a part of his childhood in South Korea. “All of us have in some unspecified time in the future performed these easy and infantile video games,” he advised CNN.

Among the many ones Hwang performed as a baby was the titular “Squid Recreation,” a staff sport involving attackers pushing their approach by means of a vaguely squid-shaped space, with defenders attempting to cease them. “It was very bodily demanding, and so each time we performed somebody would get injured, have their garments torn or cry,” he stated. “It might at all times be the final sport of the day.”

“Having grown into an grownup, the query ‘what wouldn’t it be like to return and play these childhood video games once more?’ was the begin to the creation of the whole collection.”

Launched in September, “Squid Recreation” — about debt-ridden contestants battling it out in a collection of lethal kids’s video games — is at the moment on observe to grow to be Netflix’s hottest present ever, having reached primary in 90 nations, together with the US.

For Hwang, the present’s narrative displays the “aggressive society” we dwell in at present. “It is a story about losers,” he stated — those that wrestle by means of the challenges of on a regular basis life and get left behind, whereas the “winners degree up.”

It’s also a private story. The 2 essential characters, Seong Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo, are named after his outdated mates, and he calls them his “internal clones.”

In the show, contestants take part in a series of deadly children's games.

Within the present, contestants participate in a collection of lethal kids’s video games. Credit score: YOUNGKYU PARK/NETFLIX

“They characterize the 2 sides of me. Like Gi-hun, I used to be raised by a single mom in a financially troubled atmosphere in Ssangmun-dong,” he defined. “On the identical time, like Sang-woo, I went to Seoul Nationwide College and my whole neighborhood praised me and had excessive expectations of me.”

Producing the present was an intense expertise, with Hwang dropping six enamel whereas filming due to stress. Nevertheless it hasn’t utterly put him off the concept of creating a second season.

“Writing, producing and directing a collection alone was actually such an enormous process. After I take into consideration doing the identical for season two, I am personally type of nervous,” he stated. “There’s nothing confirmed in the intervening time, however so many individuals are enthusiastic that I am actually considering it.”

Watch the video for extra on Hwang’s plans for season two and different shocking details concerning the present.

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