What Is Good And Bad In Squid Game?

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Squid Game, the most successful global series of Netflix, has been the center of discussion amongst the fans since its release around the globe. From the day of release it has been the constant topic of the talk in the town for several reasons, Here we will try to find what are the things which were good in Squid Game and which are the things which were bad that almost ruined the series.

This series is created, written, and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, he was looking for the funds for this project since 2008 and it was in 2019 when Netflix took an interest in his idea as part of their drive to expand their foreign programming offerings.

Within 28 days of the release Squid Game Officially Become The Biggest Series Launch Ever For Netflix by drawing 111 million viewers.

Concept and Storyline

Uniquely Good Concept

This series is created, written, and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, Hwang based the narrative on Korean games of his childhood to show the irony of a childhood game where competition was not important becoming an extreme competition with people’s lives at stake.

Additionally, as his initial script was intended for film, he opted to use children’s games with simple rules that were easy to explain in contrast to other survival-type films using games with complex rules.

The series revolves around a contest in which 456 players, all drawn from different walks of life but each deeply in debt, play a series of children’s games with deadly penalties if they lose for the chance to win a ₩45.6 billion prize.

How About Actors

Good Casting & Superb Acting

Each character has a unique characteristic to offer, whether you talk about Seong Gi-hun (456) played by Lee Jung-jae, is the man who likes to own his shit but never crosses the line or HoYeon Jung who plays Kang Sae-byeok (067), a defaulter from North. Lee made this character so likable that even if wants to do something unethical, fans do not doubt his intentions.

Cast of SQUID GAME – (from left to right)

  1. Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun (456)
  2. Park Hae-soo as Cho Sang-woo (218)
  3. HoYeon Jung as Kang Sae-byeok (067)
  4. Wi Ha-joon as Hwang Jun-ho (The Cop)
  5. Oh Young-soo as Oh Il-nam (001)
  6. Heo Sung-tae as Jang Deok-su (101)
  7. Kim Joo-ryung as Han Mi-nyeo (212)
  8. Tripathi Anupam as Ali Abdul (199)
  9. Lee Byung-hun as The Front Man
  10. Gong Yoo as The Salesman

Games in Squid Game

Games shown in the series – Well Received By The Fans

Well as the title and the theme suggested, everyone did expect childish games and the series served what it promised. Out of all the games some games like “Tug of war”, “Marbles” and “Red Light, Green Light” are kind of universal with other names and can be found in other parts of the world. So every one connected with the series very well. Along with these the audience was served with the games like “Dalgona Candy”, “DDAKJI” and “Squid” which are more native to Korea, bringing forth the more Korean vibe to the series.

To even better the game list, the series comes with the games like “Glass Stepping Stone” and “Mid Night Fight”, which is like a universal action movie sctup.

So over all games list is one of many things about the Squid Game that people agreed upon; which is, they were awesome.

Find more about What Are The Games In ‘Squid Game’?

VIP Controversy

VIP Casting & Acting – Not So Good Part Of The Series

This is the 2nd most controversial thing, which is also current hot topic about Squid Game. People who watched Squid Game were scratching their heads out about the role of the VIPs. Most people didn’t receive the acting of VIP actors as convincing and yes I am one of them.

To this VIP responded (In an interview with The Guardian)-

I suffer from extreme clinical depression, so it’s been a bit of a challenge.Initially, I was gutted by the comments but, with time and distance and some honest self-reflection, I’ve been better able to filter the feedback into the stuff I can use to improve next time, versus the stuff that is bound to come when you’re part of a project that gets global recognition.

VIP two actor Daniel C Kennedy

I ain’t complaining, baby! I’m in the hottest show in the world. I got fan mail. Just today I got a woman who said: ‘Send me your autograph.’ So I did, and two hours later she sent me a photo where she had ‘Geoffrey Giuliano, VIP four,’ tattooed right across her forearm

VIP four actor Geoffrey Giuliano

In conversations –

I think the first thing to dispel is this myth that they just pick us up off the street,

It’s different for every show, but non-Korean performers often act with dialogue that is translated by a non-native — sometimes even by Google Translate — so it can sound unnatural. And often we don’t have the scripts for the rest of the show. We are only given our scenes, so we have no idea of the tone.

We are generally providing an interpretation of what a Westerner is from the point of view of a different culture. For Western viewers, there can be this kind of uncanny valley feeling that comes from that. But as an actor, unless I feel that it’s pointlessly abusive, it’s not my place to challenge a director’s view of my culture. And as a human being, I can learn from it.


Squid Game As The Worst Dubbed Series

Worst Dubbing

The Korean-language drama is about an alternative world where people in debt compete in deadly games.

But fluent Korean speaker Youngmi Mayer claims the closed-caption subtitles in English are “so bad” that the original meaning is often lost.

Netflix hasn’t yet responded to Newsbeat’s request for a comment.

The series has proved hugely popular since its release last month and is on track to beat Bridgerton to become Netflix’s biggest original series.

The plot sees a group of people tempted into a survival game where they have the chance to walk away with 45.6 billion Korean won (£29m) if they win a series of six games.

If they lose, they die.

The issue surfaced when fans in South Korea found that the subtitle were not meaning the same thing as they were suppose to, This has become one of the topic of debate not just for this series but for overall content that is served in different language. A lot of articles are being written and shared on the internet about this.

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