Squid Game copied from a Japanese movie? Director addresses accusations that deny reports

Squid game faces plagiarism controversy as people claim it’s a rip-off of Japanese horror film ‘As The Gods Will’ (Photo credit – IMDb)

Hwang Dong-hyuk’s Squid Game, released on Netflix, grabbed headlines as it became hugely popular. However, according to the new reports, there are allegations that the show has been plagiarized. The show revolves around the classic tale of class differences, where a large group of people in serious debt are recruited by super-rich people, who make them play six children’s games in order to earn big bucks. However, there is a huge life or death twist to the story.

As morbid as it sounds, the South Korean show started trending on Netflix and became one of the most-watched series in a short time. It stars HoYeon Jung, Park Hae Soo, Lee Jung-jae, Anupam Tripathi, Gong Yoo, and many more actors.

While there’s been a lot of praise surrounding Squid Game, new claims suggest it could be a rip-off of a Japanese horror movie, As the Gods Will. This isn’t the first time a story has been built around a dystopian society where people are forced to play survival games. Battle Royale, The Hunger Games and The Running Man are some examples. However, Squid Game is said to bear a shocking resemblance to the Japanese film.

Directed by Takashi Miike, As the Gods Will revolves around a group of high school kids who are forced to play a game of death. Even these students have no idea who is the mastermind behind the game, forcing them to play. It stars Bleach actor Sota Fukushi, Hirona Yamazaki, and many more actors. Besides the fact that the concept is similar, many other things have led people to assume that Squid Game copied the idea that the first game played in As the Gods Will is a variant of the “Red Light, Green Light” game played in the series.

People even claim that a lot of shots are similar in the show and in the movie. However, the show’s director has been making it since 2009, and it took nearly a decade to get accepted by a production company. While As the Gods Will came out in 2014.

According to reports, Dong-hyuk denied plagiarism allegations based on this. “‘It’s not really something I want to do, claim ownership of this story. But if I had to say it, I’d say I did it first,'” he said.

Creating a story that required inspiration from others, Squid Game may not have been a scam. However, he could have taken references from other such stories. What do you think of the same?

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Marie A. Evans