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Netflix Super Hit ‘Squid Game’ Releases Soundtrack: Look + Listen

Heralded as one of Netflix‘s most successful series, the Korean-based fictional series Squid Game has released the official soundtrack.

Debuting on the streaming platform September 17, the Korean survival drama series centers around a group of adults struggling to pay off their debts by playing children’s games to win the cash equivalent to $40,000,000. However, losing the trivial playground games has deadly consequences.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show’s creator and director, initially came up with the idea while living with his mother and grandmother, but at one point had to stop writing the script in order to sell his laptop for $675.

Before Netflix green lit the show two years ago the concept was initially rejected over the course of a decade by several studios that deemed the plot as too grotesque and unrealistic. Since then, it has been subtitled in 30+ languages and dubbed in 13 and is now trending number one in more than 90 countries, with about 95% of viewers being outside South Korea. Squid Game also made history becoming Korea’s first show to hit Netflix’s top trending spot in the US.

According the show’s creator, Hwang believes that the COVID-19 pandemic made his show’s concept more appealing to studios as it emphasized the socioeconomic differences between the rich and poor, playing into the show’s central theme. “The world has changed,” stated Hwang. “All of these points made the story very realistic for people compared to a decade ago.”

Netflix’s vice president of content in the Asia-Pacific region, Minyoung Kim, echoed the author’s feeling by saying that the show also poses moral questions of a person’s worth. “We are not horses, we’re all humans,” she said. “That is the question the show really wants to throw at you.”

Here is the complete soundtrack to Squid Game

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Author: al Denté

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