K-drama ‘Squid Game’ becomes Netflix’s ‘biggest series launch’ with 111 million views since debut

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NEW DELHI: Streaming platform Netflix on Wednesday confirmed that its Korean language present “Squid Recreation” has develop into its “greatest sequence launch” until date after the survival drama hit the mark of 111 million views in lower than a month since its debut.

The present, directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, premiered on the streamer on September 17.

“Squid Recreation” has surpassed the document set by Netflix’s Regency period sequence “Bridgerton”, an English language sequence, which stood at 82 million accounts in its first 28 days.

“Squid Recreation has formally reached 111 million followers — making it our greatest sequence launch ever!” a tweet on Netflix’s official account learn.

The nine-part present follows 456 folks combating debt in Seoul who signal on to play a sequence of lethal competitions based mostly on Korean kids’s video games, the winner of which can obtain 45.6 billion gained (USD 38 million).

It stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-jun, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung.

Final week, Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix, mentioned “Squid Recreation” was on its technique to changing into the largest present in Netflix historical past.

Similar to the Oscar-winning Korean language movie “Parasite”, directed by Bong Joon-ho, the present has been lauded for highlighting the widening gulf between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

“Squid Recreation” has additionally attracted consideration for its vibrant and fantastical manufacturing design by Chae Kyung-sun; the inexperienced and pink tracksuits worn by the contestants and the sport referees have sparked a merchandise race, and ‘dalgona’, the Korean candy on the centre of one of many video games within the contest, has develop into a worldwide rage.

In response to stories, the recognition of the present in South Korea led to a surge of community site visitors which prompted SK Broadband to file a lawsuit in opposition to Netflix, searching for financial damages to pay for elevated broadband utilization and upkeep prices related to the present.

A cellphone quantity utilized in “Squid Recreation” belonged to a personal resident who reportedly receiving as much as 4,000 calls every day from folks.

After the person raised this difficulty, Netflix said they might edit the present to take away the quantity, stories mentioned.

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