‘My own art,’ says Squid Game developer in response to Hunger Games comparisons.
Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of the successful South Korean Netflix series SQUID GAME, has responded against claims that his hit South Korean Netflix series copied too many ideas from a Young Adult book and film franchise.
The brand new South Korean thriller has surpassed all expectations and is Netflix’s top new series for the year 2021. Unfortunately, Squid Game has received significant criticism, with some viewers drawing negative analogies to other survival films like The Hunger Games and Battle Royale. Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show’s creator, has now retaliated against the show’s detractors.
Hwang Dong-hyuk has defended using prior works as inspiration for his current Netflix series, Squid Game.
The South Korean thriller, starring Lee Jung-jae as down-on-his-luck chauffeur Seong Gi-hun, pits over 400 people against each other in a cruel sequence of children’s games.
Similar franchises such as The Hunger Games and Battle Royale have garnered comparisons to the series’ survival horror trappings, artistic choices, and critiques of capitalism.
In an interview with Variety, Hwang stated that he was highly influenced by Squid Game’s predecessors, but insisted that the series has its own distinct voice.
“I fully acknowledge that Japanese comics and animation have provided me with a great deal of inspiration throughout the years,” he said.
“When I first started, I was broke and spent a lot of time in cafes reading comics like Battle Royale and Liar Game.”
The first series, based on Koushun Takami’s 1999 novel, was translated into a manga and a feature film in 2000, with a follow-up, Battle Royale II: Requiem, released in 2003.
An American adaptation was rumored to be in the works, but it was shelved after The Hunger Games was released.
Suzanne Collins’ series of books and subsequent film versions starring Jennifer Lawrence, like Squid Game, were panned by some for its resemblance to Battle Royale.
While the South Korean drama owes a tribute to its predecessors, Hwang’s fresh take on a familiar idea has helped propel the Netflix Original to international acclaim.
“I began to wonder how I’d feel if I participated in the games myself,” he concluded.
“However, I felt the games to be too sophisticated, so for my own work, I focused on using children’s games.”
Furthermore, the show’s harshly satirical take on modern society has prompted comparisons to other recent South Korean products, such as Best Picture winner Parasite, despite the fact that the aesthetic and narrative are completely different.
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