The squid game, an unexpected success
Not even the red N itself expected such boom. This has been confirmed by one of its directors in a recent interview, in which on behalf of the company he confesses that “they did not see it coming.” And is that The Squid Game It is the topic of conversation of all meetings and the protagonist of all kinds of memes and publications on the internet, not to mention that it is very close to becoming the most watched series on Netflix.
Just in case you live in a cave and haven’t heard of it, it’s a South Korean series directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk which is currently composed of a 10-episode season. In it we meet Lee Jung-jae, a divorced man addicted to horse racing who hardly makes it to the end of the month and who decides to participate in a game after the proposal of a mysterious man, with whom he meets one night in the subway, and promising you a large sum of money that will solve all your problems.
The problem, of course, is that he will soon discover that nothing was as he imagined, not being able to escape the macabre game in which he has been involved.
A frenetic pace, a very original proposal and an effective staging are the ingredients that are combined in this series that is sweeping the platform and that you have probably already finished, leaving you wanting more. Do you want other equally interesting proposals? Well, keep reading.
Korean alternatives on Netflix
Here is a list of the best proposals available right now on Netflix.
Well, this series is not really Korean but it is based on a movie that is, directed by Bong joon-ho (the director of the famous Parasites) so… Do we accept octopus? This story presents us with an apocalyptic future in which the Earth’s ecosystem has been destroyed, leaving an icy planet that is no longer habitable for humans. The survivors are on board a train divided by social class that circulates without stopping.
Format: TV series
The best: Good staging and character development
Worst: It has very diverse reviews and has not convinced everyone, especially the fans of Jonn-ho’s movie (which we recommend you watch).
Another South Korean series, this time about a mysterious plague that begins to spread through a kingdom in which the king himself appears to be infected. The crown prince will be the only one who can end this.
Format: TV series
The best: Original proposal about a kind of The Walking Dead set in medieval Korea.
Worst: Precisely the theme “zombies” can be tiresome at this point for some.
DP: The Defector Hunter
A young soldier is on a mission to capture military deserters. Your task may reveal the painful reality that many recruits face.
Format: TV series
The best: Good performances, an interesting plot and miniseries format to consume relatively quickly (they are only 6 chapters).
Worst: It can be so short that you want more.
Vincenzo was sent to Italy as a child and adopted by the powerful Cassano mafia family. Over time he is trained as a lawyer to manage his family’s affairs, however after the death of his father, he is forced to go to South Korea, since his brother has ordered his murder. It is already his homeland, he will orchestrate a plan of revenge.
Format: TV series
The best: Your main character hooks.
Worst: Its chapters are long, not suitable for people with little time.
They say that Korean zombie movies are the best in the genre and #Vivo could be a good example of this. In this film, a zombie invasion leaves a young man entrenched in his apartment and isolated from everything, so you will have to manage to save yourself.
The best: In the midst of all the chaos, there is room for posing some human questions.
Worst: The base story (an infectious virus that spreads turning people into zombies) can be tiresome.
Jae-Hyeok works in his local nuclear power plant that one day, due to an earthquake, suffers several explosions. To avoid a disaster similar to that of Chernobyl, Jae-Hyeok along with other colleagues will enter the plant with the idea of fixing what happened.
The best: Good staging and entertaining plot if you like nuclear power plant stories.
Worst: The script can be a bit lazy and sometimes it is casin.
Watch out for this thriller because it could be your discovery of the weekend. The phone (The Call) introduces us to Kim Seo-yeon, who finds a cordless phone in a ruined house and nevertheless receives a call with him. When he picks up he meets a woman who claims to be being tortured by her mother … 20 years ago.
The best: Good performances and an original approach that hooks you.
Worst: Sometimes the script is a bit dizzy.
* Extra: Burning
This movie is no longer on Netflix, but it was and for that alone (and because of how good it is, of course) it is worth looking for and enjoying it. And is that Burning is based on a short story by the famous writer Haruki Murakami in which we meet a young aspiring writer who agrees to take care of the cat of a former classmate with whom he has recently re-established contact. When she returns, she does not do it alone but is accompanied by a mysterious man with quite particular hobbies.
The best: An intense thriller, with a very careful photography, that you will like yes or yes.
Worst: That you haven’t seen it before.