Squid Game becomes Netflix’s biggest hit ever

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It’s official! Squid Game becomes Netflix’s biggest series ever launched, viewed by 111 million users in its first 28 days, leaving behind Bridgerton (82 million).

The streaming service counts a view if anybody watches an episode for at least two minutes.

According to Netflix’s president for content in Korea, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand the show’s success is “beyond our wildest dreams”.

The series contains nine parts and debuted in September. Its story revolves around a group of loners taking part in a sequence of children’s playground games.

And a prize of 45.6bn Korean won (£28m) will be given if you win, which seems to be reasonable until you realise – you lose, you get killed.

People from all walks of life, be it a celebrity or a sports star, everyone’s been talking about Squid Game.

Actor starring in the Squid Game – Jung Ho-Yeon, who plays Sae-byeok got international fame and has gained 14 million Instagram followers since it launched on 17 September, Forbes says.

Warning – mild spoilers ahead…

Why is Squid Game so popular?

Squid Game is based on a group of people in South Korea who were badly in debt.

Initially, they were tricked and later volunteered to play a deadly tournament of children’s games. They realised that this might be their only chance to win the money they need to survive.

A fan of Korean shows – Chloe Henry, says the series stands out from the others.

“It’s not something that’s been done before,” the 26-year-old told Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“With other shows, you can guess what’s going to happen whereas this one is more ‘wow’ – a shock that you weren’t expecting.”

She feels the characters and intense acting keep you connected to the show. She further adds: “The actor who plays Seong Gi-hun, his emotion was so raw and it was so interesting to watch.”

The show’s main character Seong Gi-hun is a loveable gambling addict with huge debts and is suffering the loss of his daughter.

Korean influence has grown enormously in the UK. In October, people searched even more Korean content on Google than ever before – said the Google Trends Data.  

 

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