the end the crazy korean series explained
In 2019 won Parasite the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year. It was the first time in the history of the award ceremony that a foreign film, in this case directed by Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, was awarded the highest honor.
The unprecedented international success of Parasite made many foreigners curious about what else South Korea, a country with a rich film history of which Bong Joon-ho is only a small part, had to offer in terms of entertainment.
The morning after the Oscars, studios and streaming services immediately started looking for Korean movies and series. Netflix now has a particularly wide range of dramas from South Korea. This offer became even wider earlier this week with the addition of a series called Squid Game.
Squid Game: the story
Squid Game tells the story of Seong Gi-hun, a compulsive gambler whose condition has left him in huge debt. When he encounters a mysterious man at the train station, Gi-hun is so desperate that he decides to enter a secret and heavily illegal tournament.
The tournament, the so-called Squid Game, looks a lot like a survival show in which opponents have to carry out assignments for a chance to win a large cash prize. In this case, that price is fixed at 45.6 billion won, or 33 million euros. Enough money to save Gi-hun.
The missions performed by Gi-hun and his equally desperate opponents are based on Korean children’s games such as Red Light Green Light, known as Annemaria Koekoek among Dutch people. Here’s the twist: if you lose, you’ll get shot.
The end of Squid Game
When Squid Game starts, the tournament will have about 456 participants. Of these people, 454 are brutally murdered during gameplay. In the end, two players are left: Gi-hun and Sang-woo, a friend from the past.
Gambling addict Gi-hun is the only one who knows the Squid Game to survive.
At the start of the series, Sang-woo seems like a good guy; he is one that Gi-hun can build upon. However, the more challenges Sang-woo endures, the more he becomes a villain. He easily throws weaker opponents under the bus when it suits him.
Sang-woo is so obsessed with winning that he’s even willing to get rid of Gi-hun. When it becomes clear to him that he will not succeed, he commits suicide. In this way he manages to deprive Gi-hun of a fair victory.
The secret meaning of Squid Game
A stupid move by Sang-woo, because Gi-hun doesn’t care about winning. At the beginning of Squid Game he was a lap swan who couldn’t stand up for anything or anyone. During the perilous game, by saving others, he has regained his sense of responsibility.
Squid Game does more than just sicken its viewers with brute force; the series also makes them think. Between the blood and tears, director Hwang Dong-hyuk tries to prove that goodness lurks in every person, but that it often only comes out in times of need.
In terms of unexpected violence and surreal storyline Squid Game really think about the conclusion of Parasite. As for voltage and bingewatchpotential, on the other hand, the series is more like another popular show from abroad: Paper house. Not a bad combination, if you ask us.
Curious about Squid Game? You can watch the trailer here, but be warned!
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