Squid Game, created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, was originally released on September 17th, 2021 on Netflix. It is a Korean drama that took 10 years in the making and has already been watched by many viewers all over the world. The Netflix Original Series is currently ranked #1 in the U.S., and is the first Korean series to do so. There are nine episodes of Squid Game so far, and each episode is roughly an hour long. Hundreds of contestants desperate for cash accept an invitation to play children's games. The cash prize is high and the stakes are deadly.
Squid Game was filmed in one city an hour outside of Seoul, South Korea. Daejeon is a popular city for many South Korean films, and now Squid Game will be added to the archive. Before the official game for episode 6, we (the audience) are taken back in to the 4-dimension stairway set, which was an inspiration from the drawings of M.C. Escher. It seems like the main drawing inspiration was from a piece called Relativity. For episode 6, \"Gganbu\", the set was built to look like the old alleyway houses of a Korean neighborhood where it seems like many of the players grew up. (001), Oh Il-nam, said that he remembered living in one of the houses with his wife and son... so the set was made pretty well.
In episode 6, the players are onto the fourth game, a marble game. The players are instructed to pair up, and because there are an odd number of people in this episode, one person gets \"taken\" away. The game is simple. Everyone is told to play any marble game of their choice, and each person has 10 marbles. There are no rules to this game except for one person to have all 20 marbles, both their own and their partner's. Whoever gets all the marbles within 30 minutes wins and moves on. Most duos choose to play odds or evens, which is a guessing game as to how many marbles one player has in their palm. That requires guessing whether the partner has an odd or even number of marbles in their hand. You are also \"wagering\" your own marbles. If guessed correctly, you get the amount that you wagered from your partner. Before knowing the game, the players were told to choose a partner. Many people assumed it would be a teamwork game and chose partners based on new friendships, known strengths, because they worked together in other games, and so on.
1. \"Gganbu\" is mentioned in conversation between (001) and (456). Both men are reminded of their childhood where they used to play marbles as well. The lighting used in this episode is very warm-toned, and it tends to tell a story of \"warm\" and open-minded, even open-heartedness. Many of the players now understand that there can only be one winner from the marbles' game. After trying to play a fair game with (001), it seems that (001)'s dementia starts \"kicking in\", and (456) takes that to his advantage. He (456) understands that he is betraying his elderly friend, but he must do what he can to survive. At the end of viewing (001) and (456), 001 mentions that he knows he is being \"manipulated\" by (456).
2. (199) and (218) play odds or evens. (199) mentions that he does not know how to play, so (218) teaches because he used to play it in his own childhood. Ali (199) is one of the nicest players within the game. He is friendly to all and does not seem to hold anyone to a \"lower\" level or anything. That makes it fairly easy for the other players to manipulate him if needed. In this case, \"other players\" is Sang-woo (218). Ali and Sang-woo have been through the games together for a bit, even after leaving the game. Many of the up-close shots done by the camera crew really show that there is a sense of mystery as well as hesitancy within the characters' motives. Because the viewers are not physically on the film set watching, only what is shown in the camera is seen. That leaves time for the actors to do their \"under-the-table\" scenes and leave the rest up to the other actors and the viewers to figure out what happens next. (218) ends up tricking (199) with a promise of trust. Because of (199)'s nature to trust, he is definitely shocked and feels betrayed when he finds his own bag filled with pebbles instead of marbles.
3. This is a very thorough female-led scene shown in Episode 6. There are not many prolonged female-led scenes in the series, so this episode definitely opened up to that. While many of the other pairs are playing or deceiving each other into winning, (067) and (240) don't start to play anything for a while. The two plan to take as long as possible before time runs out. In this Episode is when we really get to learn about one of the main characters, (067), and even a good amount about (240). While shown as usually \"closed-off\" or just quiet, Kang Sae-byeok (067) shares her background about leaving her family behind in North Korea. Ji-yeong (240) was just released from jail after dealing with a rather personal affair. Both women have gone through many traumatizing moments in their life, so this was definitely an eery way to bond... but a bond is a bond. It seems like an interesting friendship could have form between the two, but (240) is reminded again that only one will pass. When watching the body language and close-up shots of this scene, it does not seem tense or malicious. It is rather mellow and disheartening. When it is finally time to play, the girls decided the game to be throwing one marble closest to the wall. (240) \"carelessly\" throws it only a few inches in front of her, and that is when (067) realizes what (240) had done. The scene is very emotional and it shows just how well-written it is. The bond that was just beginning to form breaks just like that.
The surviving players proceed to the next game and have to pick a partner. Gi-hun notices that Player 001 had wet himself the previous night, and covers it up by tying his tracksuit round his waist. As the players walk through the staircase room, they notice the bodies of Byeong-gi and his co-conspirators strung up. The Front Man then says over the intercom that the game was created with equality in mind and reiterates that there is no tolerance for cheating in the games.
Jun-ho explores the Front Man's office, trying to get more information on him. While this is happening, the players are told to partner up with someone. Sang-woo and Ali pair up, the former figuring they'd make a great team due to the combination of Sang-woo's intelligence and Ali's physical strength. Gi-hun declines partnering up with Player 062 when he sees Player 001 sitting in the corner without a partner, and offers to partner up with him instead, which the old man accepts. Ji-yeong (Player 240) and Sae-byeok decide to pair up for the game. By this point, everyone has a partner besides Mi-nyeo, who is taken away by their guards, presumably to be eliminated.
They are then introduced to the fourth game, Marbles. To win the game, the players have to try to steal all of their opponent's marbles without violence while playing a sub-game with them. The person who ends up with no marbles is killed off and eliminated. They have a time limit of 30 minutes. If no one wins by then, both players will be eliminated. Their opponent in the game is who they chose to be their partner. This comes as a shock to everyone as they had partnered up with someone they trust, not knowing what the game really was, especially Players 069 and 070, a married couple. The four main pair-ups are Sang-woo and Ali, Player 001 and Gi-hun, Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong, and Deok-su and one of his cronies, Player 278.
Sang-woo and Ali begin playing the game. Ali supposedly doesn't know how to play that well, so Sang-woo teaches him, and Ali ends up gaining the upper hand quickly. Sang-woo quickly grows nervous about Ali, and though Ali is clearly unhappy about beating Sang-woo, the latter forces him to keep playing. Eventually, Sang-woo is down to his last marble and furiously accuses Ali of cheating. Ali denies this, and before Sang-woo can grow more violent, he is stopped by one of the guards at gunpoint.
Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong meanwhile decide to spend the next 30 minutes talking to each other instead of playing. They start revealing their pasts to each other, with Sae-byeok telling Ji-yeong that a plague in her home village in North Korea had killed her grandfather, grandmother, and older brother. Sae-byoek explains that her family decided to escape to South Korea, seeking a better life, but only she and her younger brother crossed the border successfully, as her father was shot and killed attempting to cross and her mother was caught and deported back. Ji-yeong reveals that she and her mother were abused by her father, who was a pastor, and would pray for forgiveness every time he abused them. One day, after coming home from school, she found her father had murdered her mother, and Ji-yeong killed him out of retribution. She had received the Squid Game card the same day she was released from prison. Ji-yeong asks Sae-byeok what she would do if she wins, to which Sae-byeok replies she'd get her mother out of North Korea, buy a nice house for herself and her family to live in, and maybe go on a vacation to Jeju Island. Ji-yeong chides her for having such a basic vacation in mind, telling her to aim for something more extravagant and promises to take her out on a girls' night out shopping before somberly remembering their situation.
Gi-hun tries to play the game with Player 001, but the old man seemingly has suffered a severe lapse in his lucidity. Player 001 wanders around the game arena, saying this is his home neighborhood, and tries to find his house. Because of the old man's confusion, it takes a lot of insistence for Gi-hun to convince him to play. When Player 001 finally accepts to play marbles, Gi-hun finds himself losing until he has one marble left, but realizing Player 001 cannot remember his bet, lies to him and begins winning back their marbles. Eventually, Player 001 finds himself out of his marbles and asks Gi-hun if he could borrow one. Gi-hun apologizes and is about to hand over his marbles to a guard when Player 001 reveals he has one marble left. Gi-hun then frantically counts his marbles and sure enough, he is one short and has not won yet. However, instead of continuing the game, Player 001 gets back up again and continues \"searching for his house\". 59ce067264