Squid has taken Netflix viewers around the world by storm recently, with millions tuning in to watch the new drama series from South Korea. It’s been so successful that it’s now on its way to becoming Netflix’s biggest series to date, and it could even take over movies like Netflix’s. Bridgerton (82 million), Lupine (76 million), and The Wizard (76 million).
As of September 28, 95% of Squid viewers are outside of Korea, so it has been dominating the international market. It is available in multiple languages and can also be viewed with Korean audio and subtitles, so there are options available to everyone.
Following the success of the series, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarando revealed: “Squid It will definitely be our largest program in a language other than English in the world, hands down, and there is a very good chance it will be our largest program to date. “
The heartbreaking series follows desperate members of the public, each of whom is riddled with debt and desperate to improve their lives. When offered to participate in a tournament that has a whopping 45.6 billion won (£ 28 million) prize at stake, they agree, but there is a deadly twist.
At first, players believe that they are simply playing large-scale versions of children’s games with each other, and that all they have to do is avoid being eliminated from them. But it soon becomes clear that elimination actually means death, and players start risking their lives to get the money.
The series was created by director Hwang Dong-hyuk, known for his award-winning films such as Silenced, Miss grandma, and Strength. He really planned Squid for 10 years, so it’s been a long-term project before its big release on Netflix.
It has been revealed that Dong-hyuk’s creative intention is to show the irony of how capitalism’s good intentions, which were intended to help people live well and prosper, can harm people and lead to brutal competition.
All nine episodes of Squid are available on Netflix right now.