'Squid Game' director, "Trump resembles one of the VIPs, the bad guys in the series"

연합뉴스 / 2021-10-13 09:12:46
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▲ Former US President Donald J. Trump speaks with supporters at a Save America rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, 09 October 2021. (EPA=YONHAP)



SEOUL, Oct. 13 (Yonhap) -- Director Hwang Dong-hyuk of Netflix Korean original series “Squid Game” described the US former president Donald Trump as one of the VIPs, the bad guys with power and money in the series.

Saying that former president Trump resembles one of the VIPs in his recent hit production to some extent, he added, “It’s almost like he (Trump) is running a game show, not a country, like giving people horror,” during an interview with an American media covering films, IndieWire, via translator on the 10th (local time).

“Squid Game” portrays a deadly survival game in which the final participant wins 45.6 billion won of prize money. The masked VIPs in the drama appear as the immoral high classes with power and wealth who bet money on the game.

The director explained that events such as the election of former president Donald Trump in 2016, Lehman Brothers crisis in 2008, the cryptocurrency boom and the appearance of giant IT firms influenced in constructing the series.

"At the time, there was the Lehman Brothers crisis; the Korean economy was badly affected, and I was also economically struggling. Over the past 10 years, there were a lot of issues. There was the cryptocurrency boom, where people around the world, especially young people in Korea, would go all-in and invest all their money into cryptocurrencies,” said the director.

“And there was the rise of the IT giants like Facebook, Google, and in Korea, there’s Naver. It’s innovative but these IT giants also got very rich. And then Donald Trump became the president of the United States and I think he kind of resembles one of the VIPs in ‘Squid Game’.”

“After all these issues happened, I thought it was about time that this show goes out into the world,” added Hwang.

The American press has keenly dealt with director Hwang’s mention about former US president Donald Trump in his interview.

Fox News reported Tuesday, “the election of Donald Trump inspired him (Hwang) to make the show,” and Insider reported, “Hwang compared these VIPs to Trump when describing how he came up with the story of the popular Netflix series.”



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