Squid Game – The Blue Danube | Waltz Soundtrack
Date : 1867
Featured in Squid Game, Netflix K-Drama.
Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes.
Squid Game uses a premise we’ve all seen before: People are thrown into an artificial arena where they must fight for their lives. In Netflix‘s new series, the arena is a massive, secret compound; the competition is a series of children’s games; and the people are 456 contestants who desperately need the ₩45.6billion ($39 million) prize money more than they need the illusion of safety the outside world periodically provides. Some competitors, like central protagonist Ki-hoon (Lee Jung-jae), have fallen into debt, compounded by a gambling addiction and a loan shark looking to collect. Others, like Sae-byeok (Jung Ho-yeon)—a North Korean defector trying to help her parents escape to the south—need it to reunite their family. All have been carefully chosen by the game’s masked, seemingly unfeeling minder because they feel the chance at the prize money is worth more than their own lives.
Squid Game utilizes well-worn tropes, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with that—especially when the story template continues to hold such allegorical value and when the series expresses them so well. At least in its first two episodes, Squid Game isn’t afraid to follow its premise through to its inevitable, ruthless conclusions. The contestants only recognize the true horror of the game when they begin a deadly game of Red Light, Green Light, played out in a bright sun under which the characters—and the viewers—have nowhere to hide. Later, we see the logistics of the aftermath, as the anonymous workers who man the facility burn the bodies of the losers, making no distinction between the dead and the dying.
New Netflix original K-drama series The Squid Game sees hundreds battle it out in a survival game, with losers facing deadly consequences while one wins a prize worth around $39 million.
The mystery thriller, sees 456 cash-strapped people, from a recently unemployed divorcee to a North Korean defector, each be given a mysterious business card that ultimately offers them a chance to win 46.5 billion Korean won in a series of survival games.
The Squid Game is a real-life street game played by Koreans in their childhood, including the series’ director Hwang Dong-hyuk, who recalled it was the most competitive of the games he’d played as a child and is most symbolic of the “modern competitive society” we live in.
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