The Squid Game is Netflix's most-watched original series, at a budget of $900 million.
When Hwang Dong-hyuk received multiple rejections for his story and had to stop writing and then sell his laptop to get out of debt, he had no idea that his story would become the most-watched drama on a streaming platform with fans from all around the world almost a decade later (except mainland China, Syria, North Korea, and Crimea).
Squid Game from South Korea has surpassed Bridgerton as Netflix's most-watched original in less than a month after its release. According to Netflix, after 17 days of availability, it had attracted over 111 million views globally, breaking Bridgerton's previous record (82 million viewers). According to a report in Bloomberg based on a document supplied by Netflix, roughly 132 million individuals had seen at least 2 minutes of the show by the 23rd day.
As of July 2021, the streaming behemoth had over 209 million customers.
The survival thriller is also said to be worth about $900 million, according to the report. Since its September 17 release, it has topped countless charts in the blink of an eye. The series was the first Korean drama to top Netflix's top ten weekly most-watched TV shows rankings in the United States, and it also topped Netflix's top ten weekly most-watched TV shows charts globally, reaching number one in nearly 94 countries.
The dystopian series serves as a criticism of the people of South Korea's economic situation and problems. A mysterious salesperson approaches 456 people from various walks of life who are crippled by crippling debt and have no possibility of getting back on their feet.
individuals. They are required to play simple children's games, with those who fail to complete the game being eliminated. However, one important component is omitted, which the players discover while playing the game. The word "elimination" denotes "death" in this context. On the other hand, a Seoul police officer discovers the mystery location while searching for his missing brother, who had a connection to the game.
Word of mouth and social media trends aided the show's appeal. People are already producing dalgona candy, selling Squid Game-themed Halloween costumes, and holding real-life Squid Games (without the killings, of course!) all over Instagram.
Netflix has introduced Squid Game Profile icons for its subscribers.
Lee Jung-Jae, Park Hae-soo, Jung Ho-Yeon, O Yeong-Su, Anupam Tripathi, and Gong Yoo Wi Ha-Joon are among the cast members of Squid Game.
The dystopian program tackles a number of themes and real-life topics, including economic instability, class division, capitalism, the hustle culture, and, most crucially, prioritizing one's own survival over everything and everyone. It's a kill-or-death situation for them because the game is designed to eliminate players at every stage. That brings out the unspeakable in the characters, who will go to any length to manipulate or force someone to commit suicide.
It also demonstrates how society's entitled elites have no qualms about dominating the lives of others and taking joy in watching them murder one another. "You gamble on horses," says one character in the episode. It's the same here, only we put our money on people."