A high-concept, ultraviolent South Korean thriller that was rejected by Seoul TV executives for a decade may appear to be an unlikely candidate for the most well-liked sequence ever to be proven on Netflix. However by now you in all probability know that Squid Sport – wherein a whole lot of down-on-their-luck contestants play a sequence of youngsters’s video games for an enormous money prize within the data that in the event that they lose they are going to be killed on the spot – has defied that evaluation and change into a worldwide phenomenon, a lightning rod for debates over depictions of violence, and an immediate traditional costume possibility for Halloween.
Beneath all that hype, although, is a narrative that resonates deeply in South Korea – the place ranges of private debt are actually equal to 105% of GDP – and has struck a chord around the globe. In Rachel Humphreys’ ultimate episode as presenter, the Seoul-based tradition journalist Nemo Kim explains the connection between the TV present and a disaster based on a system that makes taking out a mortgage as straightforward as shopping for a cup of espresso. And the TV critic Ellen E Jones examines how these themes have been picked up by audiences in all places – and what the present’s success tells us in regards to the extraordinary energy Netflix holds to reshape our cultural tastes.
You possibly can learn Nemo Kim’s piece with Justin McCurry: Squid Sport lays naked South Korea’s real-life private debt disaster, right here.
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