On Sunday, the business tycoon and billionaire Jeff Bezos tweeted and appreciated Netflix’s internationalization strategy that turned several non-English shows into a global hit.
The latest tweet by Bezos was in reference to Netflix’s latest global hit ‘Squid Game’ which was originally a Korean show, is now the most talked Netflix show.
“.@ReedHastings and Ted Sarandos and the team at @Netflix get it right so often. Their internationalization strategy isn’t easy, and they’re making it work. Impressive and inspiring. (And I can’t wait to watch the show.),”Jeff wrote in a tweet while praising Netflix
‘Squid Game’, set in South Korea, revolves around a plot of a game competition where 456 players, each of them in their own financial debt, are randomly selected to compete in a series of six children’s games for a whopping 45.6 billion-won prize at stake.
The plot looks simple but what’s the twist? you lose, you die!
The series sets in with the protagonist of the play, ‘player 456’ or Gi-hun, and as the show advances each of the characters who have a pivotal role in the series are introduced.
The games look simple enough to play but the innocence of child’s play with cold blood murder held the viewers tight on their seats.
The series also had an element of nostalgia in it as the games featured in the series were mostly originated from old Korean games and the director Hwang Dong-hyuk also confirmed that the games played in the series were from his childhood.
The show was also a portrayal of the biased, miserable attitude of the capitalist society in contrast to the lives of the lower class of people living in that society which was portrayed using different characters in the show.
For example, the protagonist of the play was a middle-aged unemployed man addicted to gambling, the character is desperate like every other character in the story still chooses to be on the right side even when things go wrong. Through the game, he meets with an educated man who fell into debt because of his investment in the share market, a laborer from Pakistan who is mistreated in his workplace, an old man with brain tumor wishing to die for a cause than just from his illness and finally a girl who wants to make money to reunite her family.
Every character in this show was desperate, hopeless, and was treated harshly by the modern capitalist world yet each of them had their own story which the viewers find relatable to some extent which made the show even more interesting.
Spoiler alert: Player 456 won the game and emerged to be the only survivor of the whole series of games
The show of course ends with a note to society which is powerful which is prefer not to reveal as now until you watch it and the ending also leaves the viewers confused whether there will be a season 2 or not.