The Korean series “Squid Game” has been a huge hit for the Netflix streaming service. But the mix of satire and thriller also drew a lot of criticism.
The hit Korean series “Squid Game” is getting a second season. Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of streaming provider Netflix, confirmed this during a conference call on Thursday, several US industry journals reported unanimously.
“The ‘Squid Game’ universe is just beginning,” Sarandos said as quoted by Deadline magazine. “Squid Game” is Netflix’s biggest hit to date. The thriller series was viewed by 142 million households in the first four weeks of its launch last fall.
A popular K-drama
The success of the format is due to the Korean team, Sarandos said. “They tried to find all the elements of Korean cinema and drama and build them in a way that takes the production value to a new level.” The world was curious about “K-Drama” before, but it was the ease of access through streaming that brought mainstream success.
“Squid Game” is a mixture of thriller and social criticism: on a game show, hundreds of highly indebted people from completely different social backgrounds compete in children’s games to win millions in prizes. Losers are killed instantly in gruesome competition.
Actor Oh Young-soo won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the number one contender, and the series was also nominated for Best Drama Series and Best Actor in a Drama Series. “Squid Game” also drew criticism in this country – for example, children played the series in a daycare and after-school daycare. After that, the call went out for children not to watch the series. (dpa)