Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’ Accused Of Copying Japanese Film

Squid Game, the Korean drama which has become one of Netflix's most popular shows is being accused of plagiarism on social media. 
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Squid Game, the Korean drama which has become one of Netflix’s most popular shows, is being accused of plagiarism on social media. 

It premiered on September 17 and features a group of cash-strapped individuals competing for their lives.

Although the series has received a 100% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes, some Twitter users have pointed out its similarities to the Japanese film, As The Gods Will.

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One wrote: “As The Gods Will used the Japanese game of ‘daruma’ while Squid Game used ‘Red Light, Green Light,’ which is also a children’s game played in Korea called ‘Hibiscus Flowers Have Bloomed’.

Another said: “First game of As the Gods Will appears in the first game of Squid Game

“Speaking of originality, it doesn’t matter if people said that it was written decades ago, if they are not the originator, then it’s not original. 

“Everything is a copy of something.”

A third argued that the drama was ‘literally just a cheap copy of As The Gods Will,’ adding: “I don’t get why y’all love hyping that s*** up.”

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One of Netflix’s most popular shows, Squid Game, has been accused of plagiarism. Credit: Netflix

However, others defended the series, saying: “Squid Game’s themes are more similar to early plots of Kaiji, if anything the first game is similar to the daruma thing in As the Gods Will, but it is ridiculous to claim it’s a copy.” 

During the press conference for the drama, the director, Hwang Dong-Hyuk, addressed any potential similarities, claiming that the script for the series was written before the movie.

He said: “It is true that the first game is similar, but after that, there aren’t any similarities. 

“I worked on Squid Game in 2008 and 2009, and at the time, the first game had already been fixed as ‘Red Light Green Light’. 

“If I had to say it, I would say I did it first.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.