NETFLIX’S popular Korean series, Squid Game, is being turned into a real-life event.
The record-breaking show is known for taking children’s games and turning them into violent, life-or-death challenges for its adult contestants, and now it’s becoming a reality – partially.
A non-murderous version of Squid Game is coming to Abu Dhabi, where fans of the Netflix series will be able to compete in similar challenges.
The Korean Cultural Center in the United Arab Emirates is setting up a reenactment with two teams of 15 players.
Fans had one week to send in their applications to participate, with the chosen ones sent email invitations to formally participate in the games, where prizes can be won.
Two sessions of the event will take place on Tuesday (October 12) at the KCC’s Abu Dhabi office.
The series opens with lead character Seong Gi-hun (played by Lee Jung-jae) having fallen on hard times, separated from his wife and daughter, gambling relentlessly and stealing from his elderly mother.
A chance meeting with a businessman on a train platform gives him an invitation card to take part in the contest, where 45billion won is up for grabs if he can simply survive six rounds of childhood games.
It turns out, all was not as simple as the contestants had though, as the kid games, like Red Light Green Light, have deadly consequences for the losers.
For this first challenge, those who don’t pass over a finish line before the timer runs out or don’t stop when a sinister doll says “Red light” are eliminated, aka killed, via sniper rifles.
Other challenges include the Dalgona Candy game, where hopefuls have to use a needle to cut out a shape in a biscuit without breaking it, tug of war, marbles, and more.
Red Light Green Light, the Dalgona candy challenge, Marbles, and the paper-flipping Ddakji game will all be played in the real-life reenactment of the show.
The upcoming real-life Squid Game event comes as star Wi Ha-joon (policeman Hwang Jun-ho) told The Sun that he felt Netflix’s twisted survival contest could one day become a reality.
The actor explained: “If the extreme competition and wealth gap of our society persist or intensify, I think it might become a reality to varying degrees.
“But I certainly hope it never happens and I don’t think it should.”
He continue: “It’s a captivating series where a social satire about class conflict, the wealth gap and the depths of human nature is presented in a survival genre that forces the characters into ruthless competition for a massive cash prize and their lives.
“It has a refreshing premise that uses Korean traditional games as part… Brinkwire Brief News.