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With terrifying twists and turns, Squid Game is addictive and certainly no child’s play

If you have exhausted all your favourite K-dramas, listen up because Hwang Dong-hyuk’s Squid Game is the latest thriller fans are obsessed with.

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In this dark thriller, 456 contestants who are saddled with debt are invited by an organisation to take part in a series of children’s games for a chance at winning an extremely large cash prize. The only catch is that they have to be willing to put their lives on the line for a shot at winning. 

With a star-studded cast, incredible sets and a host of unexpected twists and turns, we take you through why you need to get started on this K-drama pronto. 

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It features a star-studded cast

Hwang Dong-hyuk’s latest masterpiece features a stunning cast that includes Lee Jung-jae, one of South Korea’s most notable actors who has starred in movies such as The Housemaid, and also Park Hae-soo who recently acted in Netflix’s Time To Hunt

The series also stars Gong Yoo, well known for his many roles in iconic Korean films such as Train to Busan, as well as Park Hae Soo, Jung Ho Yeon and Wi Ha Joon.

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Jung Ho-yeon makes her acting debut in the show

Jung Ho-yeon is mostly known for gracing the covers of fashion magazines and strutting on international runways having made a name for herself when she emerged the joint runner-up in season four of South Korea’s Next Top Model in 2013.

However, despite her inexperience, the star slips into her first acting role as a jaded North Korean defector seamlessly.

In a press conference for the show, Jung admitted that this was “the first time [she had] put so much thought into and closely observed a character.”

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It has some pretty deep life lessons in it

At first glance, Squid Game may strike you as simply an elevated version of Hunger Games but the reality is that there are many life lessons embedded into the plot if you really pay attention. 

“These participants are trying to survive, like many people trying to do just the same in today’s world. The people in Squid Game are average Joes we may see on the news or around us in everyday life,” Hwang said at the press conference. 

“The show tries to convey the message that we’re not that removed from the participants of this survival game, and on top of that, the possibility that we, too, maybe beholden this future,” he continued. 

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The sets are an impressive sight to behold

One of the most impressive parts of the show is the incredible detail that went into building the sets. Towering sets that include a huge dormitory that houses all the contestants to a big mechanical doll are some of the things to look out for in the series. 

“I didn’t think the sets would be so big. I thought it might be produced using computer graphics but it was built in real life. And 456 people participated in the filming of the game, so the scale was amazing and almost overwhelming,” said Lee at the press conference.

“The set that made an impression on me was the dormitory. It was like a colosseum, there was a sense of eeriness to it,” Jung added. 

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Even the soundtrack was given much thought

You can probably tell by now that a lot of detail went into producing the show. In fact, even the soundtrack was very carefully chosen in order to give the series a unique atmosphere.

If you listen closely, you will notice that the gameplay music is performed using nostalgic instruments from our days in school such as recorders and Korean drums. 

Jung Jae-il, who composed Squid Game’s many dualities into song created a track that blends seamlessly into the fictional space and that beautifully captured the character’s ever-changing emotions and situations so make sure you listen up while you’re watching. 

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