Netflix just dropped a teaser for the upcoming original K-drama thriller series “Squid Game,” set to be released on Sept. 17. The name of the show is based on a children’s game, where players draw different shapes on the ground and compete until one winner remains. The characters will be playing that and similar games, but more gruesome versions that you won’t see at a playground.
The series is helmed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, whose previous works include “The Fortress,” “Miss Granny,” and “Silenced,” and follows the story of 456 individuals who compete in a mysterious game where only one survivor remains. And, for them to win the 45.6 billion won reward (which is about P1.9 billion), they must risk their lives playing the “Squid Game” every day.
In the teaser poster, we see a person in a green tracksuit being dragged by another person in a pink tracksuit, leaving a trail of blood while being surrounded by a circle, triangle, and square. Then next to them is a huge gift box with a pink ribbon, which seemingly can be seen as the casket for the body, and the words “45.6 billion won is child’s play.” It seems like we’re up for a series of gruesome and bloody events. Are they going to do playground games to the death?
The teaser trailer also gave us a little more of a peek into the show. We first see a masked man who seems to be the one monitoring and giving the rules of the game. Next, we see the players running and screaming for their lives. We’re then given scene after scene of people getting killed in the kind of rooms typically used in game shows. It’s as if “Takeshi’s Castle” was run by Jigsaw from “Saw.”
Although further details about “Squid Game” are not yet available, Netflix said that the program will “deliver deep, nuanced performances that vibrantly convey the humanity of the diverse characters who have no choice but to take part in the game.”
“Squid Game” was first unveiled in February at the See What’s Next Korea 2021 event, where the streaming giant showcased the original South Korean series coming to its platform this year.