It is true that an important part of the impact that audiovisual productions have is reflected in the money generated at the box office when it comes to movies, and in the rating when we talk about television programs, whether in traditional transmission or in the streaming era ; And just as critics give their own verdict on what a project achieves, it is the viewers who will be in charge of making it a success or a failure.
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But when a series (or film) exceeds the limits of word-of-mouth conversation and manages to become a trend on social networks, we could say that it is already in the major leagues, because by filling Facebook or Twitter with memes or images related to the program, not only demonstrates the impact that it is having, it also generates interest in third parties who want to be part of the conversation or understand what the image that has invaded their feed in recent days is about.
That’s just what has been happening with The Squid Game – 100% by Hwang Dong-hyuk, a survival drama that, while not a strictly new plot, the way it all unfolds visually and narratively, it turns out striking. But after a week of release, accusations have arisen against the director for the alleged plagiarism of a Japanese horror film released in 2014: As The Gods Will, by Takashi Miike (Fudoh: The New Generation – 100%, 13 Assassins – 96%).
The Squid Game Its premise is a group of people who struggle with economic scarcity, when they are invited to a competition that involves a series of children’s games, they are attracted by juicy rewards, however, these also involve a mortal risk. The accusations arise from a couple of scenes that are quite similar both narratively and visually; they have mostly referred to the scene of the giant wrist and the countdown clock.
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Through The Straits Times (via AsiaOne), the also director of Silenced, a story that reveals the abuses to which deaf youth are subjected in South Korea, faced accusations of alleged plagiarism. Hwang Dong-hyuk assured that the script of The Squid Game It was developed between 2008 and 2009, but due to a lack of interest from studios, the project was shelved for years, until Netflix decided to make its best bet.
It is true that [los primeros momentos son] similar, but after that, there are no similarities. But if I had to say it, I’d say I did it first.
The filmmaker made it clear that he was aware of how similar the first scenes could be, but assured that it was nothing more than a coincidence since he had already written his project before the release of As The Gods Will, so it would be impossible for him to have copied them. Realizing that ideas can sometimes turn out to be similar, he stated that he had no intention of making any claims just for those scenes.
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Some critics pointed out that one of the great successes of the series is that it manages to highlight everything it narrates through visual games, which not only involve the shots and cinematographic shots, but also the use of certain striking colors and figures that generate a certain echo in the mind of the viewer. Although the stories of survival games are not something new, proof of this is the entire Saw franchise: The Macabre Game – 48%, the peculiarity of this is that it presents children’s games that will gradually become dark or sinister.