Netflix viewers have been raving about streaming site’s new South Korean series Squid Game.
The series sees contestants compete in a series of playground-style games in which the loser is brutally killed off.
Squid Game cast
The cast boasts a line-up of top actors including Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun, Park Hae-soo as Cho Sang-woo, Jung Jo-yeon as Kang Sae-byeok, Tripathi Anupam as Abdul Ali, Oh Young-soo as Oh Il-nam, Wi Ha-joon as Hwang Jun-ho, Heo Sung-tae as Jang Deok-su, Kim Joo-ryung as Han Mi-nyeo and Lee Byung-hun as In-ho.
Who are the characters in Squid Game?
Seong Gi-hun is a divorcee, gambling addict who needs cash for the custody of his daughter. After discovering that his mother needs surgery for diabetes, he joins the games in an attempt to win some money.
Cho Sang-woo is Gi-hun‘s old childhood friend. The businessman has been caught embezzling money from his clients and is fleeing the police. His ability to make quick decisions and his previous knowledge of playground games gives him the edge over the others.
Kang Sae-byeok needs the money to get her family out of North Korea and to provide a better life for her who is currently living in a Seoul orphanage. She is a skilful pickpocket and is handy with a knife.
Squid Game review
Squid Game provides an interesting social commentary, with each character representing a segment of modern society. It’s the age-old told of the powerful exploiting the powerless for their own amusement.
The character Kang Sae-byeok will stand out for many Korean viewers as she is a defector from North Korea, but all of the characters will resonate with people from all over the globe.
Viewers become more and more invested in the characters as the story moves on, although the sequence of events could be predicted from the first episode onwards.
An explanation of the ending to Squid Game
So Seong Gi-hun wins, and he discovers who is running the entire game. He then deals with the master of the game, before dying his hair red and fleeing for Los Angeles.
A sequel is perfectly set up when he spots the same man who recruited him attempting to convince another poor soul to join in with the game.
He then grabs the card and calls the number on it, telling the person on the other end that he’s going to hunt them down, setting up another season perfectly.
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