Characters In The 'Squid Game' Are Based On Real People
Spoilers for the future: Spoils for Spoiles Game Squid Game Season 1, episode 1. If youve read Squid Game before, you know that its both a thrilling and heartbreaking series. For all of their faults, the players are motivated by real issues, many of them involving their families back at home, as we see with Gi-hun, Sang-woo, Sae-byeok, and Ali. Of course, this only makes their life-and-death decisions even more devastating to witness. Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of the Squid Game, touched on this aspect of authenticity in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Well, these days, we're in fact living in a very unfair and economically hampered world, he added. Even after the pandemic.
Another reason to feel so connected to the characters is that theyre based very much on real people. Dong-hyuk told THR that he infused [himself] quite heavily into Gi-Hun and Sangwoos characters. Dong-hyuk, like Gi-lun, was financially supported by his mother for a while and even raced horses with the goal of winning big. That said, he never stole money from his mother Gi-hun style.
His character also has a few hints of my uncle who used to be incredibly unfriendly to my grandmother, Dong-hyuk continued, noting that his family wasnt very well off when he was young.
Dong-hyuks grandmother was a street vendor, as was Sangwoo s mother. And then, just like Sang-woo, I went to Seoul National University, the most prestigious university in Korea, and I was subject to a lot of big expectations from my family, as well as varying degrees of envy from those around me. Of course, the fact that Gi-hun and Sang-woo each carry a piece of Donghyuk makes their rivalry and final fight even more compelling and relatable.
My grandmother, my mother, me, friends, and the stories of my neighborhood are all in Squid Game, said the writer-director. And he means it literally. Dong-hyuk also borrowed real names for the characters, as well as based the key players on himself and his loved ones. Gi-hun, Sang-woo, and Il-nam (aka the ring leader) all received their monikers from Donghyuks real friends. Sang-woo, specifically, used to play with Donghyuk in the alleyways as a child.
It only gets better. Jun-ho and In-heo were named after a pair of brothers in Dong-yuks life and helped sneakily facilitate spooky real-life reunion along the way. Although they were not very much talking to each other as the two main characters, [Jun-hos] brother wasnt coming home to visit his mother, Dong-Hyuk said. "So that is why I intentionally used those two names. It was like an inside joke between me and my friends to get In-ho to call his brother and apologize for being out of touch. And it worked it actually happened!