Netflix OTT platform makes a surprise mega-hit with South Korean production Squid Game has thrilled all type of audiences around the world. Squid Game became Netflix’s most-watched original web series ever after it was released in September this year.
As of November 2021 reports, it is Netflix’s most-watched series, becoming the top-viewed content in 94 countries. It is OOT channel platform’s first-ever Korean series which has reached at No. 1 position in the United States.
The series took the world by storm but the little hermit country North Korea banned it publicly declaring the show an indictment of South Korea’s capitalist system. The series was smuggled across the North Korea border from China in USB drives.
If this wasn’t enough, the students who had been found to have watched Squid Game will also face punishment from the North Korean government. In spite of being banned in the hermit country, people were secretly watching the Netflix series by duplicate copies.
Original Story of Squid Game
Story starts from Seong Gi-hun, a divorced father and indebted gambler who lives with his old mother, is invited to play a series of children’s games for a chance of large cash prize. By accepting this offer, he has been taken to an unknown location where he finds himself with other 456 players who are all deeply in debt.
The players are force to wear green tracksuits and are kept under watch at all times by masked guards in pink jumpsuits, with the games overseen by the Front Man, who wears a black mask and black uniform. The players soon discover that losing game results in their death, with each death adding ₩100 million to the potential ₩45.6 billion grand prize.
Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, to try to survive the physical and psychological twists of the games.
Seasons and Episodes
Right now Squid Game seasons 1 available with below 9 episodes.
1. Red Light, Green Light
Hoping to win easy money, a broke and desperate Gi-hun agrees to take part in an enigmatic game. Not long into the first round, unforeseen horrors unfold.
Split on whether to continue or quit, the group holds a vote. But their realities in the outside world may prove to be just as unforgiving as the game.
3. The Man with the Umbrella
A few players enter the next round — which promises equal doses of sweet and deadly — with hidden advantages. Meanwhile, Jun-ho sneaks his way inside.
4. Stick to the Team
As alliances form among the players, no one is safe in the dorm after lights-out. The third game challenges Gi-hun’s team to think strategically.
5. A Fair World
Gi-hun and his team take turns keeping guard through the night. The masked men encounter trouble with their co-conspirators.
Players pair off for the fourth game. Gi-hun grapples with a moral dilemma, Sang-woo chooses self-preservation and Sae-byeok shares her untold story.
The Masked Leader welcomes VIP guests to the facility for a front-row viewing of the show. In the fifth game, some players crack under pressure.
8. Front Man
Ahead of the last round, distrust and disgust run deep among the finalists. Jun-ho makes a getaway, determined to expose the game’s dirty secrets
9. One Lucky Day
The final round presents another cruel test — but this time, how it ends depends on just one player. The game’s creator steps out of the shadows.
Cast and characters
Lee Jung -jae as Seong Gi-hun – A divorced chauffeur and gambling addict. He lives with his mother and struggles to support his daughter financially. He participates in the game to settle his many debts, and to prove himself financially stable enough to have custody of his daughter, who is living in United States with her mother and stepfather.
Park Hae-soo as Cho Sang-woo – The former head of an investment firm team at a securities company. He was a junior classmate of Gi-hun, and studied at Seoul National University. He is wanted by police for stealing money from his clients, and racking up massive debts from bad investments.
Wi Ha-joon as Hwang Jun-ho – A police officer who sneaks into the game as a guard to find his missing brother.
Jung Ho-yeon as Kang Sae-byeok – A North Korean defector. She enters in the game to pay for a broker who can rescue her parents across the border, and buy a house for her reunited family to live.
O Yeong-su as Oh Il-nam – the old man suffering from brain tumor who prefers playing the game as opposed to waiting his death in the outside world.
Heo Sung-tae as Jang Deok-su – A gangster who enters the game to settle his massive gambling debts, which includes money he stole from his boss and underlings.
Anupam Tripathi as Abdul Ali – A migrant worker from Pakistan who participated to provide financial support to his young family after his boss refuses to pay him for months.
Kim Joo-ryoung as Han Mi-nyeo – A loud and manipulative woman. Her reasons for entering the game are never explained, but she boasts that she was charged five times for fraud, which insinuates that she is a con woman.