‘Squid Game’ creator Hwang Dong-hyuk is getting his previous movies added to Netflix
The streaming giant that shows the South Korean survival series will also add some of Hwang's earlier work after the success of the programme, which has become the most-watched series on the platform
7 November 2021
Netflix tweeted: “Before bringing the visually astounding and socially relevant 'Squid Game' to life, Hwang Dong-hyuk directed several acclaimed South Korean feature films — and now, three of those movies are available on Netflix in The US.”
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These include 'Silence', which was released in 2011 – with the plotline reading: “Amid a multitude of cover-ups, a caring teacher attempts to expose several faculty members who are abusing students at a school for the deaf.”
The second movie is 2014's ‘Miss Granny’, with a description reading: "After learning she’s being sent to a retirement home, an elderly widow wanders into a photo studio, where she emerges as her 20-year-old self."
The third and final offering is 2017’s ‘The Fortress’, which the streamer writes: “When Qing forces attack the Joseon kingdom in the 17th century, King Injo and his retainers hold their ground at Namhansanseong, a historical mountain fortress.”
This development comes after the TV show that critiques capitalism - which stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, HoYeon Jung, Anupam Tripathi, Oh Young-soo, Heo Sung-tae and Kim Joo-ryung - has generated $891 million in ‘impact value’ to Netflix, which translates to over 4.4 million new subscribers.
The 50-year-old showrunner has previously said that ‘Squid Game’ hasn't made him particularly rich, despite its phenomenal success.
Hwang said last month: “I’m not that rich. But I do have enough. I have enough to put food on the table. And it’s not like Netflix is paying me a bonus. Netflix paid me according to the original contract.”
Hwang also spoke about the show’s premise was inspired by his experience of being “financially straitened" – as desperate people risk death to win a large cash prize in the series.
He explained: "I was very financially straitened because my mother retired from the company she was working for. There was a film I was working on but we failed to get finance. So I couldn’t work for about a year. We had to take out loans – my mother, myself and my grandmother.”