Squid Game | 오징어 게임 The Best Korean Movies 2021

Squid Game | 오징어 게임 The Best Korean Movies 2021 After a failed business venture, the debt-ridden chauffeur Seong Gi Hun lives his life gambling away the money he mooches off his elderly mother while failing to provide for her and his estranged daughter.

Squid Game | 오징어 게임 The Best Korean Movies 2021

When his life finally hits rock bottom, he receives an irresistible offer promising him a ₩45.6 billion prize in exchange for winning traditional Korean children’s games against 455 other players, among them his childhood friend Cho Sang Woo. Commencing the games, the participants soon learn of the deadly consequences that come with losing.

  • Native Title: 오징어 게임
  • Also Known As: The Squid Game , Cuttlefish Game , Squid Games , Round Six , Ojingeo Geim , Round 6
  • Screenwriter & Director: Hwang Dong Hyuk
  • Genres: Action, Thriller, Mystery, Drama
  • Details

    • Drama: Squid Game
    • Country: South Korea
    • Episodes: 9
    • Aired: Sep 17, 2021
    • Aired On: Friday
    • Original Network: Netflix
    • Duration: 60 min.
    • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)


    • Score: 8.6 (scored by 25,477 users)
    • Ranked: #137
    • Popularity: #136
    • Watchers: 36,426

    Strong Start, Weak Finish | Squid Game | 오징어 게임 The Best Korean Movies 2021

    Contrary to the popular opinion here, I really appreciated the extensive backstories of the characters. It effectively provided justifications for why the participants would engage in such an insane project, which is quite rare for the typical Death Game film (usually, the participants are lazily thrown into their circumstances due to some metaphysical element within the story or deus ex machina reasoning).

    I also enjoyed the softer social commentaries in the beginning of the film and the fairly realistic and reasonable depictions of the main characters. That is, none of the characters are overly virtuous or exceptionally talented, and they all act or respond appropriately to the situation at hand; I can see these characters in my day-to-day life. Finally, the cinematography and acting (of the main characters) were masterfully executed.

    Where the series started to go seriously wrong was in the final few episodes when the filmmakers decided to use caricatures for their characters as if they were holding a contest to use as many tropes as possible to fit the bill of the caricature in question; at some point, I was not sure whether the series abruptly became a satire. Not only were these caricatures agonizing to watch, but the decisive shift in narrative presentation really killed the immersive experience evoked by the previous episodes.

    Additionally, the moral justifications for why the mastermind started the entire project were very banal, forced, and unconvincing; the creativity of the “midnight bet,” from which he grounds his perspective, is what you would expect from a #SocialExperiment Youtube video, not a Netflix produced K-drama. All in all, for someone who does not enjoy the typical Death game flick, I found the series very entertaining and well made within the category, but beyond this, it is forgettable. Although the cast, cinematography and music scores were appropriate and exceptional, there was, unfortunately, nothing noteworthy about the screenplay and directing.


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