When it comes to the Netflix K-Drama Squid Game, it seems as if fans cannot get enough. Despite the dark storyline and violent nature, it has captured the hearts of fans worldwide and opened the imagination of viewers with its outgoing and sometimes unbelievable sets.
In a recent interview with Netflix Korea, some of the actors and production crew sat down and discussed different aspects of the show, from the set, actors, and behind-the-scenes stories. Alongside the significance of the coffins, art director Chae Kyung Sun shared the meaning behind many other aspects of creating the set.
For the participants of Squid Game, Chae Kyung Sun shared that each of the characters was seen as people who had been abandoned, each carrying physical and metaphorical baggage.
In particular, she discussed how this detail and thought was incorporated into the beds used in a scene in the first episode. Before the game starts, viewers see the participants waking up in rows of uniform beds varying in height but uniform in design. Even the material was carefully thought out.
I thought of them as people having nowhere to go. So I used the material that they use for tunnels.
— Chae Kyung Sun
She also explained that the ladders on each bed had more significance than just being a way to get from something that resembled classic bunk beds to the floor.
Since modern society is a constant competition, to climb the ladder, we thought about portraying that in the bed design.
— Chae Kyung Sun
Yet, it was this set that Chae Kyung Sun explained had many designs and was the most difficult to pick. Director Hwang Dong Hyuk then added that the idea of the beds being in an abandoned warehouse type setting also had significance.
He also shared how this meaning also played into the control showcased through the bed’s tiered designs, which had layers like a pyramid.
Rather than treating them like people, she suggested that the contestants be portrayed as objects piled on the warehouse shelves. For the managers to control the participants, they have to be able to identify them at glance. It gives the visuals of a battle arena.
— Hwang Dong Hyuk
As expected, every detail in Squid Game had some sort of significance. From the images on the wall to the materials used to make the props. It shows just how much thought went into the planning of the K-Drama, and may show just why it’s become so popular.
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