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Nonetheless occupied with Squid Sport? Me too.

I am going to admit it: I used to be sucked into the Squid Sport vortex with the remainder of the 111 million individuals who watched the runaway South Korean Netflix hit. The plot twists, unbelievable performing, and interesting escapism of the present captivated me, but it surely’s the ultradetailed world constructing that Squid Sport does that has saved it lodged in my mind (and nightmares) for months. All that artistic world constructing produced some fascinating particulars and symbolism within the costumes, including to the advanced and intelligent layers of the present. In case you are still occupied with Squid Sport like me, listed below are a number of the most attention-grabbing particulars to reinforce your subsequent rewatch.

Warning: spoilers abound forward, so proceed with warning if you have not watched but.

The Authentic Model Idea For the Guards Was . . . Boy Scouts

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The now-iconic pink boiler fits the guards put on virtually by no means occurred! Director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s first thought for outfitting the imposing guards was to lean additional into the ironic schoolyard nostalgia aesthetic of Squid Sport. “At first, I wished a Boy Scout-like outfit,” Hwang defined in an interview with Netflix Korea. “Nevertheless it confirmed the lads’s figures too properly. It did not actually make them appear like ants in a colony. They wanted to cowl their complete physique and the best choice to maintain them nameless was a jumpsuit. With a hoodie too, as a result of they should cowl their faces.”

Talking of these guard masks . . .

The Black Masks Had A number of Fascinating Sources of Inspiration

One of many trickier parts to create have been the guards’ masks. “I labored on loads of completely different masks designs. The masks went by means of numerous designs,” mentioned Squid Sport artwork director Chae Kyung-sun. The masks needed to examine loads of bins with a purpose to make it into the present. “It must be snug, help you see clearly, and present their standing,” Chae defined. Hwang admitted, “We tried animals and another bizarre stuff,” earlier than deciding on the model.

The ultimate idea that made it into your front room (and, most likely, your Halloween costume) was an amalgamation of a number of sources of inspiration together with fencing masks, which have screened face shields, and conventional Korean hahoetal (하회탈) masks, a few of which have hinged jaws. That latter component grew to become necessary as Hwang requested that the masks be foldable.

The masks of the oppressor guards have been additionally impressed by ant colonies. When an ant colony from a distance, it is inconceivable to inform the tiny bugs aside, however throughout the colony, completely different ants have completely different duties, duties, and duties to perform. The guards are comparable on this manner, and the circle, sq., and triangle shapes painted on their masks are the methods they’ll inform one another aside. The circles symbolize staff, who you may see bringing our bodies to the crematorium. The triangles are worn by machine-gun-wielding guards. Lastly, the squares are worn by managers who oversee all the opposite pink-boiler-suited characters.

The circle/triangle/sq. shapes are echoed throughout the sequence, not solely within the guards’ masks but in addition within the present’s emblem and opening credit, in addition to on the playing cards given out to recruit gamers to the sport and within the kids’s squid recreation court docket. Within the Korean alphabet, Hangul, “squid qame” interprets to “오징어 게임” or “ojing-eo geim” when Romanized and sounded out phonetically within the English alphabet. The sequence abbreviates the phrase “ojing-eo geim” into “OJM” or (roughly) in Hangul “ㅇㅈㅁ,” which visually seems as our often-repeated circle, triangle, sq. motif.

These Inexperienced Tracksuits Are Recycled From a Seventies Political Initiative

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The normcore dystopia could not be normcore with out these white sneakers and inexperienced tracksuits. The precise shade of inexperienced was immediately recognizable for Korean audiences, however the cultural reference was most likely misplaced on the bigger worldwide viewers.

In an interview with The Korea JoongAng Day by day, Chae mentioned, “We selected a well-liked inexperienced colour from the Saemaul Motion [a political initiative launched by President Park Chung Hee] and the tracksuits kids wore on subject days at college throughout the Seventies. This will appear retro and kitschy, however they’ve their very own nostalgic allure.”

On the other finish of the Squid Sport energy dynamic from the green-clad gamers are the hot-pink-clad guards. Pink and inexperienced are additionally reverse one another on the colour wheel, reflecting their juxtaposition within the sequence as properly. That was a deliberate selection by manufacturing, Chae elaborated: “We selected pink [as one of the main colors] as properly as a result of it’s a colour incessantly utilized in fairy tales. However we [the production crew] got here up with our personal which means [depicted in Squid Game]. Inexperienced is frightened of pink as a result of it screens and suppresses inexperienced.”

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Did You Catch That Refined Star Wars Reference?

In an interview with The JoongAng, Hwang revealed the matte-black, multifaceted masks worn by the villainous Entrance Man was impressed by one of many greatest film villains of all time: Darth Vader. The masks was purposefully designed in another way from the masks of the opposite recreation guards with a purpose to highlight The Entrance Man’s subplot, which heightens the reveal of his true id. “It is a masks that offers a little bit character,” Hwang mentioned.

Seong Gi-hun’s Hair Makeover Is Really Foreshadowing His Remaining Episode Alternative

Everybody who has watched Squid Sport has an opinion about Seong Gi-hun’s finale-episode makeover. The cherry-red hair is a transfer Ok-pop idols pull on a regular basis, but it surely’s virtually by no means seen on middle-aged males in South Korea. Even Lee Jung-jae, the actor who performed Seong Gi-hun, was shocked by the script. He defined, “I talked to the director and requested why I ought to dye my hair crimson as a result of it is a colour that bizarre males at Gi-hun’s age do not do. I feel it was a will to point out actions that transcend the bounds that folks suppose Gi-hun would by no means do.”

Hwang confirmed that, whereas it may need appeared like a random makeover, the idol-worthy cherry-red hair was a deliberate selection. “I imagined being him and thought to myself, ‘what’s the colour that you’d by no means select to dye your hair?’ Then I got here to the conclusion that Gi-hun would by no means dye his hair crimson,” Hwang defined. “It will be the craziest factor for him to do. So I selected the colour and I believed it actually confirmed his internal anger.”

That internal anger builds in Gi-hun all the way in which to the ultimate second of Squid Sport when he’s pulled from the jetway and a promised reunion together with his daughter to as a substitute chase down the mysterious game-playing man within the subway to . . . who is aware of? Warn the potential contestant towards coming into the Squid Sport? Dismantle the complete macabre competitors? Your guess is nearly as good as ours till Squid Sport season two is (hopefully) introduced.