Netflix series viewers Squid game noticed that the K-drama has scenes and storylines that are similar to a Japanese movie from 2014, As the gods will.
The storylines of both shows involve survival death matches using childhood games and there are similarities in the filmography as well, like a close-up of a giant doll’s head and a countdown clock scene.
Squid game, which premiered on the streaming service on September 17, has garnered rave reviews and is trending online. It stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo and Jung Ho-yeon.
The nine-episode series follows a group of desperados who must play twisted versions of their childhood games to stand a chance of winning 45.6 billion won.
Its director Hwang Dong-hyuk is best known for the 2011 film Quiet, based on a true story about the abuse of deaf students in South Korea.
He had previously mentioned that the script for Squid game was in the works from 2008 to 2009, but was put aside as there was a lack of interest until Netflix hit a decade later.
At a press conference, he said: “It’s true that (the first game is) similar, but after that there are no more similarities.”
He pointed out that As the gods will was established in the 2010s, after his initial idea of Squid game, which came to him after reading a lot of manga on the survival genre.
While hesitating to claim ownership of the story, he added, “But if I had to say it, I would say I did it first.” – The Straits Times / Asia News Network