Spoiler Alert: Please watch the series before reading this post or watching the videos below, unless you don’t mind plot spoilers.
I couldn’t resist writing about Squid Game, the most watched series ever, I love that South Korean creators are being acknowledged worldwide, I am Seoul Sister after all. The series is violent but it’s not done in a glorified or torturous way. I think the series is a sociological statement that’s worth watching.
The characters in Squid Game are interesting, sympathetic, and memorable. If you’re familiar with South Korean dramas they’re characteristically tragic and sentimental. This is a reason why many fans like KDrama, it’s heartfelt and unapologetically emotional. I think this reflects the traumas within Korean history. The resilience of korean people shine through in the stories they tell, Squid Games has a moral compass that reveals the cruelty of the decadent elite overlords and the opportunism or compassion that common people have to make in order to survive both inside and outside of the game’s arena.
Hunger Games Parallel:
The contestants of Squid Game are working-class people in massive debt who are initially tricked, kidnapped by an elite group of voyeurs that derive entertainment from viewing the life or death consequences of the game. The cruel irony is that they’re forced to play kid’s games like Red light green light and tug of war.
Initially players form alliances but those teams are broken by the game and by the nature of survivalism, it’s brutal to see likable characters being betrayed by their fellow allies. Even likable characters resort to cheating because of the game’s design to pit players against each other. Squid Game reveals the cut-throat nature of the world, set-up by hidden (masked) elite controllers, the silent puppeteers that begin wars and disasters. The message of both Squid Games and the Hunger Games is that we are the gladiator players that are forced to eliminate each other but it’s the choices we make under these circumstances that retains our sense of goodness and humanity.
Major spoilers here but interesting analysis:
We are their masked peasants:
“Los Angeles County health officials responded Monday after the Emmys ceremony held Sunday evening was blasted for hypocrisy after allowing stars to appear in a crowded venue maskless while support staff at the venue were still forced to wear masks.”https://www.bizpacreview.com/2021/09/21/l-a-county-defends-maskless-stars-at-emmys-explains-performers-get-special-treatment-1137488/
My post about the “Hunger Games” as Nazi propaganda:
“Five university students who used the signature three-fingered salute from “The Hunger Games” in front of Thailand’s Prime Minister were detained…
Hollywood has played a role in part of this movement, thanks in part to protest leader Sombat Boonngamanong. On Twitter and elsewhere, Sombat has often used pop-culture references to spread his messages.https://www.cnn.com/2014/11/19/world/asia/thailand-hunger-games-salute/index.html