It's Squid Game on for Korean culture in confronting Netflix series

  • Photo: Viewer watching Squid Game on Netflix. Photo: Jamie Kidston, ANU

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Netflix has heralded Squid Game as its most popular series yet, with more than 111 million fans tuning in since its debut less than four weeks ago. However, two ANU experts question if it will provide an enduring interest in Korean popular culture, as Michael Weaver writes.

Take a handful of your favourite childhood games like tug-o-war and marbles and turn them into a voyeuristic life and death battle to win more money than you’ll ever know how to spend.

Squid Game arrived with little fanfare on 17 September but is now the most-watched Netflix series of all time with 111 million views, according to the streaming service giant.

But, will it lead to an enduring interest in Korean popular culture?

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