South Korean survival drama ‘Squid Game’ accused of plagiarizing Japanese film ‘As the Gods Will’; manufacturers react
The nine-part series which debuted last week follows a group of characters putting their lives on the line in an attempt to win 45.6 billion won in a game of survival. As the K-drama climbs the popularity charts around the world, netizens have claimed that the series blatantly plagiarized scenes from the 2014 Japanese film “As The Gods Will.”
Fans of the Japanese film took to Twitter to point out the similarities between the series and the film. Among the many “similarities” was the fact that both involved survival deathmatch using childhood games, close-ups of giant doll heads in the game of “Red Light Green Light”, the account backwards, among many others.
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— 7 (@Fra77777777) 1632046049000
The squid game reminds me of a Japanese movie, as the gods will have it. it is a survival movie based on games. but the Japanese… https://t.co/vFokZMwzLu
— (@mikazwki) 1632027064000
If you like Squid game, you can also check out As the God will it’s a Japanese movie. They also play tradition… https://t.co/i3BB745ZvY
— Flower (@kimbaeson) 1632049076000
#squidgame I talked about how the game as gods will and squid is very similar, I noticed the Japanese work… https://t.co/HzVStdDsSX
— miji (@mikodoesstuff) 1632067627000
#squidgame is a good watch but the only reason it gets compared to AiB is its only exposure to these surv… https://t.co/rXdFM2oyEq
— mikays (@Mikays16) 1632024453000
In defense of the series, series director Hwang Dong-hyuk mentioned that the script had been in the works since 2008, according to The Korea Herald.
Not denying that the scenes are similar, the director said he had been working on the project for over a decade and at the time the first game had already been set as “Red Light Green Light”. Not wanting to claim full ownership of the story, he said that at such times he is forced to say “I did it first”.
The game in question is said to be a popular children’s game played in Korea called “Hibiscus Flowers Have Bloomed”. The other game, which involved competitors jumping across glass tiles, was reportedly inspired by the manga version of “As The Gods Will”.