23rd June 2024

Bear in mind Squid Recreation?

Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, “Squid Recreation” made its debut on Netflix on September 17, 2001. It shortly turned must-see TV through the pandemic lockdown, Selection reported that Squid Video games turned a worldwide phenomenon, racking up 1.65 billion hours of streaming within the first 4 weeks after its launch. Finally, the present turned Netflix’s most-watched unique present by far, with over 2.2 billion hours considered.

It will need to have been an unimaginable, apparent success from the onset, with studios tripping over one another to purchase such a large, successful idea, proper?


Dasl Yoon and Timothy W. Martin, wrote within the WSJ that the South Korean survival drama was initially dismissed by the business as grotesque and unrealistic . . . for over a decade:

“Squid Recreation” creator Hwang Dong-hyuk got here up with the thought for the present greater than a decade in the past, whereas dwelling together with his mom and grandmother. He needed to cease writing the script at one level: He was pressured to promote his $675 laptop computer for money.

Again then, potential traders and actors bristled on the brutal killings and implausibility of people competing to the loss of life for cash…” (emphasisi mine)

It’s superb how many individuals with expertise, experience and capital handed on funding what would turn out to be the preferred worldwide present of the 2020s.1

Credit score Netflix for recognizing the dynamic stress and shock worth of a recreation with lethal penalties would have for viewers;  add in components of sophistication struggles and you’ve got a recipe for streaming attraction ignored by conventional Korean and US studios.

Season Two of Squid Video games is coming, and it’s a reminder of how little we all know in regards to the future, and the way typically sheer randomness determines the result of occasions…

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Netflix’s ‘Squid Recreation’ Is the Dystopian Hit No One Needed—Till Everybody Did.
By Dasl Yoon and Timothy W. Martin
WSJ, Oct. 4, 2021

‘Squid Recreation’ Is Decisively Netflix No. 1 Present of All Time With 1.65 Billion Hours Streamed in First 4 Weeks, Firm Says
By Todd Spangler
Selection , Nov 16, 2021


1: What number of writers would preserve pursuing their dream of getting a present made within the face of that form of resistance for over a decade?

A trailer dropped over the weekend for Season 2; I can’t inform if that is actual or not (I don’t see it wherever from an official Netflix supply) nevertheless it appears fairly convincing…

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