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On 26/09/2021 at 07:29, NexivRed said:

I fucking love Korean film. There’s just something about it, and this doesn’t disappoint. Brilliant fun. Only one episode in so far. 

 

What films/series have you seen and would recommend? :)

 

Actually, I think I'll create a recommended Korean films/TV series thread off the back of this to separate that discussion out.

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So like the rest of the planet I thought I'd see what the the fuss was about and have watched an episode...

 

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Oh look it's a sledgehammer metaphor for capitalism! Because no matter how far you run, there's always someone behind you waiting to take your place in line if you falter. And of course many will get left behind.

 

The very start of the second episode I can already see exactly where it's going: another metaphor for capitalism, where people don't want to die, but when presented by the possiblity of making lots of money a lot of them are of course willing to vote against the interests of the group and screw them over. Because Capitalism.

 

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But of course the whole point is the system still can't be beaten even if you want out, so naturally I know all the characters are going to end up wanting back in. Because Capitalism.

 

All the rest now is just wheel spinning until they do.

 

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After the next few episodes finding this quite grim to watch to be honest. It seems to be mostly misery porn with "comedy" bits that don't sit well with the rest of it. And it's genuinely quite sickeningly violent.

 

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Know what's getting on my nerves lately? online news outlets putting out articles with headlines like 'This new show is the new Squid game!'; it's like haha...no. Will be another year or two at least until you have that lightning in a bottle formula for making something that connects with people as much as Squidgame. Am not saying SG is good or bad but it's connected on such a mainstream level that is incredibly rare.

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Overall I can see why people liked this, though baffling how it became so popular considering the content and the genre. I didn't really feel particularly emotionally invested, as it's too obviously signposted what will happen throughout and how it's trying to manipulate its audience. And the violence, gore and banal evil just kind of left me numb to it all after a while. I also think in the end it was pretty shallow and metaphorical things I was reading into it didn't really go anywhere.

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12 hours ago, Benny said:

Overall I can see why people liked this, though baffling how it became so popular considering the content and the genre. I didn't really feel particularly emotionally invested, as it's too obviously signposted what will happen throughout and how it's trying to manipulate its audience. And the violence, gore and banal evil just kind of left me numb to it all after a while. I also think in the end it was pretty shallow and metaphorical things I was reading into it didn't really go anywhere.

 

Yeah I don't get its global appeal. I watched it all but after I while I just found it to be rather depressing and along the lines of crap like Hostel. 

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19 hours ago, therearerules said:

It's popular because there's actually a dearth of popular media explicitly blaming capitalism for societies ills, and people are hungry for it, even if they don't think they are.

 

That and the cinematography.

 

Can't say I buy this kind of false consciousness stuff. 

 

It's popular with adults for the same reason it's popular with kids. The idea of a game with life or death stakes is nothing new in TV, film and literature, and it remains an intriguing and exciting concept to people. This is an especially well executed version of it.

 

The veneer of social commentary allows some adults to think there's something more sophisticated going on, but there really isn't, and there's nothing wrong with that. Enjoy it for what it is.

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