For its creator, Huang Dong Hyuk, they were part of his childhood in Korea. “All of us have played those simple and naive games at some point,” he told CNN.
The game Hwang played as a child was the nominal “Squid Game”, which is a team game in which the attacker advances through a fuzzy squid-shaped area and the defender tries to stop them. “It’s very physically demanding, so every time we play someone gets injured, their clothes are torn or weep,” he said. “This will always be the last game of the day.”
“When I grow up, the question is,’How would it feel to go back in time and play those childhood games again?’ It was the beginning of the entire series.”
The “Squid Game” released in September-about debt-laden contestants fighting against a series of lethal children’s games-is currently expected to become Netflix’s most popular show ever, in 90 countries including the United States Ranked first in China.
For Huang, the narrative of this play reflects the “competitive society” we live in today. “This is a story about losers,” he said-those who struggle and are left behind in the challenges of daily life, and “victors will escalate.”
This is also a personal story. The two protagonists, Song Ki-hoon and Zhao Sang-woo, are named after his old friends, and he calls them “inner clones.”
In the program, contestants participated in a series of deadly children’s games. CEDIT: Yongkyu Park/NETFLIX
“They represent two aspects of me. Like Ki-hoon, I was raised by a single mother in the economically difficult environment of Ssangmun-dong,” he explained. “At the same time, like Sang Woo, I went to Seoul National University, and everyone around me praised me and had high hopes for me.”
Making this show was a stressful experience. Huang lost six teeth due to stress during filming. But this did not completely make him give up the idea of making the second season.
“It’s really a difficult task to write, produce and direct a series separately. When I thought about doing the same for the second season, I was a little worried personally,” he said. “There is no confirmation yet, but many people are very enthusiastic and I am really thinking about it.”
Watch the video to learn more about Huang’s second season plan and other surprising facts about the show.