Korean Drama Review: Squid Game (2021). The latest Korean drama Squid Game has become a discussion for netizens to go viral on TikTok.
Squid Game is one of the newest Korean dramas to be released and aired on Netflix starting September 17, 2021.
In this article, we will briefly review the Squid Game series which will only air in 9 episodes, for drama lovers it is mandatory to include Squid Game in the list of dramas that must be watched because it carries genres, Action-adventure, Suspense, and drama and there is a Thriller seasoning.
At the beginning of the story before the game starts, we meet our hero SUNG KI-HOON (Lee Jung Jae), but calling him a hero at this point the beginning of the story is a bit difficult.
He is the hallmark of ruin for someone and ruined his own life with his gambling addiction. His marriage was ruined, he also rarely saw his young daughter, he owed millions of won, he even had the heart to steal money from his aging mother to fulfill his gambling addiction.
Review Episode 1
Ki-hoon soon hits rock bottom even in his lowest moments, there is humanity and despair there that allows us to feel it.
His final victory was stolen, he lost his daughter for good, and he mortgaged a part of his body, which meant if he couldn’t pay, he would give him a kidney and an eye to pay his debt.
When Ki-hoon is at the subway station and when he feels at his lowest point, a mysterious man in a suit (played by Gong Yoo) approaches him.
He lures Ki-hoon into playing a simple game of ddakji, where 100,000 won (about $100) can be won or lost in each round. Surprisingly though, Ki-hoon agrees.
The two of them played countless rounds. Ki-hoon receives so many slaps in the face that his cheeks bleed in the end.
This is the moment in this Squid Game drama episode 1, where we realize what the story in the Squid Game drama explores, how people give up their humanity for their greed.
Ki-hoon could easily refuse and leave without money but his dignity remains intact. Instead, he left bloodied and battered, with a few hundred dollars in his pocket and a business card. He was told to call the number if he wanted to play more games for bigger prizes.
This is the beginning of the story of the Korean drama Squid Game about the involvement of Ki-hoon, played by Lee Jung Jae, in the murder game. In the end, he decides to call the number and participate in the game, but he (and everyone else he will meet), clearly doesn’t know the stakes involved in the game.
It is at this time that the story of the Squid Game drama begins was at midnight. A creepy van picks up Ki-hoon and shoots everyone as soon as the door closes behind them.
When Ki-hoon wakes up, he’s wearing a green tracksuit with #456 on his chest. He was among 455 other people who were just as desperate as he was — they were in a giant room with prison-like beds stacked as far as the eye could see. This is the first moment where Ki-hoon realizes that this whole “game” is going to be a lot more organized and powerful than he thought.
When everyone wakes up in a spooky barracks when they meet several other characters who become important players in the future. Interestingly, Ki-hoon has already found himself hooked up with many of them, one of which is the young woman who expertly pickpockets him, and the other is JO SANG-WOO (Park Hae Soo).
Jo Sang-woo is an SNU graduate, doctor, and proud of the neighborhood he and Ki-hoon grew up in, but the fact that he’s involved in the game means there’s a lot for him that no one knows (read: oppressive debt).
Another character he seems likely to be important is the monstrous gangster JANG DEOK-SOO (Heo Sung Tae).
What’s important is that we quickly learn that each of these 456 people is in debt and that they all go through the same weird hazing that Ki-hoon did, with a game of ddakji and hundreds of slaps in the face. On the one hand, it is sad to see desperate people gathered together; on the other hand, it’s unsettling, because we’ve seen a glimmer of their abilities.
The first game starts, and it brings Red Light Green Light. Everyone looks bewildered as they’re taken to a strange maze-like pastel-colored MC Escher and then dumped onto a playing field with sandpits and giant dolls in the distance and the finish line.
The rules of the game are quite simple, but what everyone slowly and realizes is that the game has a life or death stake. Getting kicked out of the game means you get slaughtered on the spot.
This is where the violence in the heavy and unforgiving Squid Game comes in. We will see in this drama Squid Game people are shot dead, vomiting blood, watching people trampling corpses in their desperation.
And most importantly, every player in the game seems to have become insensitive to what is happening around them.
Their desperation to get through episode after episode of the game and survive makes them forget about compassion for the humans who are gasping for their last breaths all around them.
It’s this element that makes Drama Game Squid so annoying. Players are dressed the same and sent running around like literal Lemmings whose lives don’t matter outside of the game.
It’s sickening that this happened and was orchestrated, but even more so, it’s sickening because we see what an inhuman person is truly capable of.
This is a cruel picture of the mentality of the masses and desperation. But the element of greed hidden here keeps us from siding 100% with the players, as we might want.
After a large group of players were eliminated (killed) in the first game Red Light Green Light, and here the Korean drama Squid Game began to hint at the bigger picture that was going on. In this story, it is clear that someone is behind everything.
There are legions of army-like characters in pink suits who seem to be there to keep players in check, and if that’s not spooky enough, someone in a black hood and mask manages the game from afar.
Then, there was a man sitting on the sofa and watching the game with the Red Light Green Light in front of him; the massacre seemed like pure entertainment. It’s like the blood sport practiced by Roman gladiators.
As the first episode draws to a close, it’s hard not to be completely sucked into this story. Just as players find themselves locked in this brutal gameplay that could take their lives.
The drama Squid Game has caught our attention by this disturbing story. While watching this Drama Squid Game from the start we wanted to look away, but couldn’t.
The entertainment factor is that there’s a gritty jazz soundtrack exploding as the players dive across the finish line, surrounded by corpses.
It’s almost as if the drama we’re playing in it. Are we as guilty as the creepy guy behind the scenes watching this mess happen? Seems like entertainment to him, but are we different audiences?
The first episode of Squid Game is a great introduction to not only the player characters and what drives them, but the scope of the game, and hints of what’s to come.
It’s not hard to imagine how brutal the game is, as the number of players decreases, and they are pitted against each other. It also has a mysterious setting ready for new chaos, unexpected twists, and a deeper look into how far humanity can be pushed.
The game constructs with unpredictable rules, and the real question is whether all human players will allow themselves to be inhuman, or whether they will realize their very essence is at stake. and instead, appreciate what makes them human.
With eight more episodes to go, Drama Squid Game couldn’t have imagined the stakes would grow stronger as it ventured deeper into this horror entertainment rabbit hole.
Details Squid Game
Drama: Squid Game
Director: Hwang Dong-Hyuk
Writer: Hwang Dong Hyuk
Episodes: 1- 9
Release Date: September 17, 2021
Country: South Korea
Genre: Action/Adventure, Suspense