The phenomenon that the original Korean production Netflix Squid Game, also known as Squid Game, has become, has sparked audiences’ curiosity about the most varied details of its directing, one of them referring to his costumes.
The success of the original Korean Netflix production, Squid Game, not only keeps it in the entertainment press as one of the most-watched in the world, but it has also become the center of the most varied commentary on the networks. social on the details of its staging as is the case of the costumes used by its actors.
The red suits used in Squid Game caught our attention
Since its worldwide debut on September 17, Squid Game has grown into a truly global phenomenon, with a talented cast led by famous actors Lee Jung Jae and Park Hae Soo, as well as special appearances by South Korean stars Gong Yoo and Lee Byun Hung, and hundreds of supporting and main actors, under the direction of acclaimed director Hwang Dong-Hyuk.
It’s no surprise that the popularity of K-Drama has piqued the curiosity of its fans, who took it upon themselves to scrutinize and even weave theories out of the smallest details, many of which had to be clarified by its creator. One of the most discussed topics concerns the costumes used by the actors, whose followers have come to compare and even reconcile those used in another global platform phenomenon, the Spanish series money heist.
Squid Game: What is the connection with the red suits of the Money heist?
From the first episode, one of the aspects that caught the public’s attention was the team of guards who watched the contestants of El Juego del Calamar, who appeared on-screen dressed in suits that covered their entire body, so intense pink that it immediately reminded us of the red uniforms used by the famous band of thieves at money heist.
Squid Game uniforms have become a source of discussion among fans of the famous K-Drama
On September 29, Netflix Korea released a video titled “Squid Game Commentary” in which director Hwang Dong-Hyuk and actors Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo, and art director Chae Kyung Sun discuss aspects of the production in more detail. and clear up doubts, including the creative patterns behind the clothes worn by the characters.
In footage from the video, director Hwang Dong-Hyuk explains that he originally didn’t want the game’s guards to look intimidating. This is why they appear in the opening scenes in costume but unarmed, to generate false confidence as part of the dramatic twist that will later reveal just how terrifying the competition is.
In his comments, Hwang Dong-Hyuk admitted to hearing from many people that the costumes he used in The Squid Game were extremely similar to those in House of Paper, so it was impossible not to make the connection between the two. . He explained that the process leading up to the costumes started with his initial intention to go for a Boy Scout-style outfit, hence the idea of making them look deceptively scary, but he abandoned it because that it was too revealing.
”This red costume makes them look like a colony of ants. I had to use something that covers the whole body so the best option was a wetsuit. Plus a hoodie because they also had to cover their heads. “
Once the type of costume was chosen, the choice of color came after a discussion with art director Chae Kyung Sun. They both agreed that the hot pink color was very much in keeping with the children’s games that inspired the contest and fit in perfectly with the decor. As for the design of the masks, they opted for an easier-to-use template that made them look like ants with the geometric shapes that determined their rank in the group.
“While they’re not scary, it’s true, I think a lot of people see the similarity in the atmosphere to money heist,” Dong Hyuk acknowledged.