SINGAPORE – In the K-drama series Squid Game, 456 debt-ridden contestants are invited by a mysterious organisation to take part in a series of children’s games for an astronomical cash prize. The catch? These games put their lives on the line.
Evoking a rather Hunger Games-like vibe, the series delves into how far a group of people will go to survive and stars Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) as a divorced man who is a gambler, and Park Hae-soo as Cho Sang-woo as his childhood friend as well as a fellow participant. Other game participants include a pickpocket from North Korea, a fraudster, and an elderly man with a brain tumour.
In a press conference with regional media, leading men Lee Jung-jae, 48, and Park Hae-soo, 39, and director Hwang Dong-hyuk, 50, share five things to know about the show, which is available on Netflix.