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Netflix’s 'Squid Game' creator responds to plagiarism rumours

Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the Netflix k-Original Squid Game has amassed massive popularity. However, the series has faced certain controversies where the creator has been accused of plagiarism. 

According to critics, there are various similarities between the series and Takashi Miike’s film As The Gods Will. It’s been enough to start to halt the show’s mega-progression.

Set in present-day Korea with a dystopian outlook, the film is a scathing commentary on capitalism, class divides and power dynamics where a group of people compete against one another for prize money of a whopping 45.6 billion Korean Won by participating in sinister games.

Based on a premise involving simple children’s games, the series adds a perverse twist to it, making it all the more fascinating and mind-boggling. With incredible performances from the cast, namely  Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, HoYeon Jung and more, the series saw a huge ensemble cast out of which certain characters stood out in their own right. 

The director has denied these allegations and quashed all rumours by exclaiming that he “did it first”. He spoke of how he has been working on this series for a long time, even before Miike’s film was released. 

At a press conference, he admitted that the first game that is the Red Light, Green Light game did have similarities with certain games like ousama and dead tube but the similarities stopped there. “I worked on [Squid Game in] 2008 and 2009, and at the time, the first game [had already been] fixed as Red Light Green Light,” he said. 

He shut down all rumours with a simple statement. “It’s not really something that I wanna do, to claim ownership of this story. But if I had to say it, I would say I did it first.”