Director Hwang Dong-hyuk says ‘Squid Game’ asks questions about capitalism
SEOUL, November 18 (Korea Bizwire) – Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of “Squid Game,” said Thursday that the hit Netflix series aims to ask questions about modern capitalist society which forces people into extreme competition.
âI thought capitalism had proven its own limits in the 21st century,â Hwang said in an online speech at the SBS D Forum hosted by SBS TV.
âEveryone is faced with situations of fierce competition and is driven to the bottom of society if they fail to survive the competition. “
In “Squid Game,” Gi-hun, played by Lee Jung-jae, the ultimate winner of the deadly contest of the heavily indebted to win 45.6 billion won ($ 38.9 million) in cash prizes, is l ‘one of the victims of capitalist society which made her fight against business failures, divorce and heavy debt.
But he does not lose his humanity under the pressure of life or death and the large sum of money, and shows sympathy for the weaker participants.
At the end of the ninth and final episode, Gi-hun said over the phone to those behind the mysterious competition, âI’m not a horse. I am a person. This is why I want to know who you are and how you can commit such atrocities against people.
Then he doesn’t get on the plane to see his daughter in the United States, but turns around to leave the airport.
âThanks to Gi-hun, I kept asking questions, like who made this system of competition in our society and who is pushing us into a corner,â said the 50-year-old director.
âThis is the question I want to ask everyone living in the midst of the pandemic in the 21st century. “
In keeping with his intention to portray capitalism realistically, Hwang said that violent scenes the camera doesn’t fear, showing pink soldiers shooting people down, reflect failures or losers in the competition in dramatic language.
âThe violence in the show looks very realistic, but it’s figurative and allegorical,â he said. “This reflects people who find themselves in a bind after failing to survive in the competitive society.”
But the violence in “Squid Game,” which is considered an adults-only series on Netflix, has grown in importance as the show has quickly grown into one of the most talked about TV shows in the world.
Many underage students watched the show on various channels like YouTube and imitated violent challenges.
Some schools in the United States have warned parents of its potentially harmful effects or asked them to prevent children from accessing the R-rated show.
Hwang admitted he was already aware of the controversy, asking the children’s parents to carefully explain the meaning of death and violence.
âIf there are teenagers who have watched this show, we can discuss with them the current issues in our society,â Hwang said, quoting one of his friends, who complained about the same issue.
“I hope parents tell their kids that violent scenes have their own message on the show.”
âSquid Gameâ has become the most watched Netflix content of all time, with a total of 1.65 billion hours of streaming in the first four weeks of its September 17 release.
Last week, Hwang confirmed that the popular series will return for a second season.