We breakdown everything that you need to know about Netflix’s upcoming K-drama ‘Squid Game’, including release time plot and cast.
Netflix continues to provide fans around the world with excellent Korean content, with the streaming giant recently revealing more details about their upcoming original series, Squid Game.
The series appears to be a gruesome mixture of the hit 2020 J-drama Alice in Borderland and iconic anime series like Deadman Wonderland and Darwin’s Game.
With the teaser trailer for Squid Game going viral on social media, we explain everything you need to know about the upcoming suspense drama, including the global release time!
What is Squid Game?
Squid Game, also known as Round Six, is an upcoming South Korean action-adventure series, created and distributed by Netflix.
The title references a popular children’s game in Korea, a variation of tag that uses a squid-shaped board.
In the Netflix series, 456 people are invited to play a mysterious competition called ‘Squid Game’ for a cash prize of ₩45.6 billion (around $40 million).
The ‘players’ are considered to be failures in life with some having an excessive amount of debt, but there is more to this ‘Squid Game’ than meets the eye.
What looks like childish challenges turns out to be a deadly survival tournament; lose any of the daily games and the players are killed off until one final player is left.
Who will be the last player standing and who are the mysterious tracksuit-wearing people running the Squid Game? All will be answered soon enough!
Squid Game: Netflix release date and time
Squid Game, also known as Round Six, is currently scheduled to release worldwide via Netflix on Friday, September 17th at 12 AM PDT.
There will be a total of eight episodes in Squid Game season 1, each with a runtime of approximately 50 minutes.
As the series is a Netflix original title, fans can expect the entire first season to be released on September 17th – at the following international times:
- Pacific Time: 12 AM PDT
- Eastern Time: 3 AM EDT
- British Time: 8 AM BST
- European Time: 9 AM CEST
- India Time: 12.30 PM IST
- Philippine Time: 3 PM PHT
- Korea Time: 4 PM KST
There had previously been concerns that the launch of Squid Game would be pushed back towards the end of 2021 or even into early 2022, following the suspension of filming for the coronavirus pandemic.
“Although the progress of the production will be affected depending on the future situation, we will decide to resume by taking safety of creators and producers as a top priority.” – Netflix, via Han Cinema.
Meet the cast…
Squid Game will feature a superb cast of fan-favourite actors and actresses from South Korea, with the two leading roles being Lee Jung-Jae and Park Hae-Soo.
Lee Jung-Jae is an actor and model from Seoul, who is best known for his performances in The Face Reader (2013), New World (2013), Assassination (2015) and Deliver Us from Evil (2020).
Squid Game will be the 48-year-old actor’s debut on a Netflix original title, where he will be playing Ki-Hoon: a man who is fired from his job and loses everything, before taking part in the deadly tournament.
Alongside Jung-Jae in the leading roles is Park Hae-Soo, who fans may recognise from Prison Playbook (2017), By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture (2019) and Time to Hunt (2020).
Hae-Soo is arguably a Netflix veteran by this point, appearing in multiple titles on the streaming platform including the aforementioned Time to Hunt, Persona (2019), Racket Boys (2021).
He will also appear in three upcoming Netflix titles; Suriname, Money Heist and Yacha.
Other confirmed cast members for Squid Game includes:
- Heo Sung-Tae as Deok-Soo
- Wi Ha-Joon as Joon-Ho
- Kim Joo-Ryung as Mi-Ryeong
- Jung Ho-Yeon as Sae-Byeok
- Gong Yoo (cameo)
- Im Ki-Hong as an unknown character
- Won Chun-Gyu as (cameo)
- Jung Woo-Hyuk as (cameo)
- Oh Young-soo as Il-Nam
- Lee Yoo-mi as Ji-Yeong
Who directs Squid Game?
In charge of Squid Game is the popular South Korean director and screenwriter, Hwang Dong-Hyuk.
After working on multiple short films in South Korea, Dong-Hyuk made his breakout with the 2007 hit movie My Father.
He would go on to direct five incredibly popular movies, The Crucible (2011), Miss Granny (2013), Collectors (2020) and the must-watch historical drama, The Fortress (2017).
Dong-Hyuk recently spoke to YTN and revealed that planning for Squid Game has taken 10 years to complete.
“I wanted to create a sense of connection between the nostalgic games we played in our childhood and the sense of never-ending competition that modern adults feel. There’s an irony in our most beautiful and innocent memories being changed into the most horrifying reality.” – Hwang Dong-Hyuk, via Soompi.
This article will be updated as soon as more information on Squid Game is revealed.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]