Netflix's new drama, Round 6 or Squid Game, is making waves, isn't it?! Launched on September 17, 2022, Round 6 has already generated a lot of talk on social media and many positive and negative reviews about the drama. There is even comparison with the style of the Deadly Games and The Hunger Games.
With short release time the drama is already leading the Netflix rankings. and it has already conquered the record for being the first korean series to lead in the United States. Round 6 is a drama and suspense series, and contains 1 season with 9 episodes of approximately 1 hour each. The creation is by Huang Dong-hyuk. The cast includes Lee Jung-jai, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-jun, Oh Young-soo, Jung Ho-yeon, Heo Sung-tae, Kim Joo-ryoung, Tripathe Anupan, You Seong and Lee You-mi.
Let's see the details of this series and its outcome. So, remember that this article contains spoilers!!!
Plot of Round 6
Round 6 tells the story of people who have huge debts, impossible to pay and they receive a mysterious proposal to participate in a sequence of games in which the winner receives a huge cash prize, 45.6 billion of wons (South Korean currency).
They receive an invitation from a man who bumps into them and challenges them to participate in a seemingly simple game of turning a square of paper inside out by throwing another square of paper. When the man who challenged him wins, he can slap his opponent as he has no money for anything, but when the indebted person wins he gets 10,000 won.
After the player sees the possibility of "easy money", the man responsible for finding players for the challenge hands over a card with a phone number so that if the person is interested in participating in the other games, they can register.
Protagonist Seong Gi-hun, played by Lee Jung-jae, is the first to call and agree to participate in the games. But he's not the only one! Upon accepting the participation, a meeting point is set for the participants and they are taken unconsciously to the place, there they wear uniforms with their registration numbers.
Altogether there are 456 players, but only 1 can win. Games are common children's games in South Korea, but if you are eliminated from the game, you lose your life. The challenge consists of 6 games in 6 days, surviving until the end takes the money. The vault starts out empty, but as participants die 1 billion won per loser is placed. Each challenge has a timed time to complete. Let's understand each episode.
Green Light Red Light
The first game is Green Light Red Light, in this game the participants must cross the finish line while a giant doll closes its eyes and speaks the name of the game, when it opens its eyes the person must stay still. If she moves, she gets shot. In this game alone, half are eliminated.
After the participants realize the seriousness of the games, they start talking about giving up. So according to one of the rules if the majority gives up, everyone can go back to their normal life and the money is donated to the family of the others who died. By 1 vote they manage to break the tie and return home. Everyone returns, but they realize that life abroad is more painful and without any perspective, so of the 201 who gave up, 187 return to the game.
Seong Gi-hun even tries to report the case to the police but no one believes it, but a policeman starts to follow him when he returns to the games and infiltrates the game officials wearing a red circle mask overalls.
the umbrella man
Upon returning, the participants start to form teams to see if they can get more advantage in relation to the games. The second game is Hive. In this challenge, participants must highlight a geometric shape of sugar with a needle without spoiling.
In this episode the biggest conflicts between the participants begin. When they fight over food, one member kills another, but no one does anything about it. Actually killing other participants is part of the game so when they find out that this is a form of strategy the dorm becomes a very dangerous place.
a fair world
The conflicts between the employees start to increase because of the undercover policeman, they realize that 029 (the employees are also enumerated) acts very strange. The policeman went in search of the missing brother, the only clue being a card that game participants receive for wanting to play. He witnesses the removal of organs from dead participants. In this episode the game also happens Tug of war among the participants, they are divided into 4 teams of 10 people, the 2 groups that lose fall off the cliff.
This is by far the most emotional episode in the series, if you've become attached to a character so far it's time to say goodbye!! The next game is from Marble, this game is to play in pairs so each one chooses the one that has the most affinity, but the problem is to find out that they will play with each other, so 1 member of each pair dies.
In this episode the so-called VIP'S finally appear. They are gamblers with golden masks in the shape of animals who bet on the remaining players for fun. The penultimate game is glass bridge, the participant must step on the glass squares until reaching the end of the bridge, but not all glass are resistant, so the last 3 participants manage to survive (the game is in numerical order according to those chosen by the players).
In this episode the 3 finalists get a special dinner and at the end each gets a knife to use as a strategy, participant 219 kills the 067 and goes to the semifinal with Seong Gi-hun, the 456. In this episode the identity of the leader is revealed from games to the undercover cop, who is the brother he was looking for. The policeman is shot and falls into the sea.
This is the ultimate game. O squid game it consists of the participant walking completing a drawn squid, but the opponent tries to prevent it through aggression. What survives wins. The winner is the 456, which despite having fought did not want to kill the opponent so the opponent took his own life. The end of this episode is certainly very unexpected, it shows that who was behind everything that happened was 001.
Second season of Round 6
The final episode of Round 6 got taste of I want more! Although the games have come to an end every year, new players are recruited so it's far from over for good. But the 456, Seong Gi-hun seems to be looking to put an end to these games that cost his life.
According to Rolling Stones, in reality series creator Huang Dong-hyuk is known for creating movies so he found the creative process too time-consuming. Dong-hyuk said it took him 6 months just to create the first two episodes, so in addition to directing he wrote each of the chapters. So he believes a second season would be exhausting.
The director has no plans for season two yet, but he doesn't rule out the possibility. Dong-hyuk says that if he has the second season he would not do it alone anymore, but with the collaboration of a good team of directors.
The Round 6 series despite having a lot of suspense and drama carries with it a strong social criticism surrounding money. The film shows to what extremes the abundance of money and lack of it can take a human being. All participants have high debts acquired through gambling, bad investment, involvement in illegal things, loans to survive and several other reasons. and almost everyone agreed to play to the death for a modicum of comfort.
Criticism weighs on social inequality showing that when we owe someone, we become their slave. and that even if we have money, we cannot have everything like health, life, just a momentary comfort.
It also shows that when money is at stake, even the nicest can do atrocities. and that human beings need to know how to use the skills they have to achieve things such as intelligence, agility, physical strength, lies... all of this so that they can guarantee their own survival. Also remarkable is how trustworthy someone is.
The film brought other themes such as organ trafficking and also VIP'S with animal faces, I believe it may be in allusion to the games that humans bet on animals to earn money, but in the case of the games in the series these "animals" are the humans themselves who struggle with instinct to survive, the feeling is sidelined.
Lee Jung-jae (이정재) started his career in 1993. He was born on December 15, 1972 in the Korean capital, Seoul. He was discovered while working in a cafe and started working as a model. Lee Jung-jae has an extensive background in the field he has made 32 films, 11 TV appearances and won 26 awards to date.
In the series he plays the 456 or Seong Gi-hun, a failed man who owes moneylenders billions, addicted to games and who still lives with his mother. Because of his irresponsibility, he cannot have custody of his daughter.
Park Hae-soo was born on November 21, 1981, began his career in 2007 in musical theater. In 2017, he starred in Prison Playbook, which earned him the award for Best New Actor. Park has participated in 7 films, 14 series and 16 plays.
In Round 6 series he plays Cho Sang-woo or 218, who is an apparently successful man who studied at one of South Korea's top universities. even her mother's store.
Hoyeon Jung (정호연) was born in the Korean capital, Seoul, on June 23, 1994. She is an actress and model and began her modeling career at the age of 16. She has even modeled for big brands like Louis Vuitton in 2016 and advertised for several brands. She was the cover of Vogue Japan and Vogue Korea, among other magazines. Your first performance it was in round 6.
In Round 6 she plays the 067 or Kang Sae-byeok. She is a North Korean woman who gets into debt to try to get her mother to South Korea and get her brother out of the orphanage. She lives her life as a pickpocket.
Oh Yeong-su (오영수) was born on October 19, 1944, currently the 76-year-old actor plays one of the most charismatic characters and the one that will surprise everyone the most, 001 or Oh Il-nam. He is ultimately revealed as the "head" of the entire game.
Have you watched Round 6? What did you think of the series?