‘Squid Game’ Sets New Record in Global Netflix + Achieves No. 1 Spot in 14 Countries

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In less than a week since its premiere, Lee Jung Jae and Park Hae Soo's Kdrama Squid Game set an impressive record on Netflix worldwide. 

The nine-episode series highlights a survival game with 456 participants whose common denominator is their ballooning debts. 

Contestants must get through the six-round game; however, there will only be one winner who could take the staggering grand prize of 40 million USD. 

Squid Game Ranks Second in Global Netflix

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With the continued popularity of the thriller drama, the Hwang Dong Hyuk directed series scores massive achievements. 

According to Flix Patrol, a Netflix ranking site, the series garnered 755 points making Squid Game second place in worldwide Netflix next to the U.S series Sex Education.

In addition, the nine-episode show is currently the highest-ranking spot recorded by a Korean drama on the streaming platform, beating the reign of Song Kang Kdrama Sweet Home.

At the same time, Lee Jung Jae and Park Hae Soo's Kdrama also surpassed the success of the mega-hit Spanish series La Casa de Papel, or widely known as "Money Heist" Season 5, leaving the thriller series with 444 points. 

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Squid Game Topped the Chart in 14 Countries

The ranking site also noted that "Squid Game" managed to score the top spot in 14 countries, including South Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Oman, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. 

On the other hand, the thriller series came in second place in 39 countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the United States. 

Meet the Kdrama Squid Game Cast

Penned and directed by Hwang Dong Hyuk, the nine-episode Kdrama surprised the viewers with a unique storyline, impressive visuals, and a lineup of actors. 

Lee Jung Jae took on the character of Seong Gi Hoon, a Ssangmun-dong native and a divorcee who is hunted by loan sharks. 

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At the arena, he surprisingly met his childhood friend, Cho Sang Woo, played by the Prison Playbook star Park Hae Soo. 

In the drama, his mother and the whole town of Ssangmun-dong thought that he was successful given that he graduated from the prestigious Seoul National University; unfortunately, he is also cash-trapped like the rest of the players and currently facing cases like embezzlement. 

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Squid Game also welcomes newcomer and top model Jung Ho Yeon, who took the world by storm with her impressive acting as Kang Sae Byeok, who escaped North Korea. 

Viewers were captivated by her charm, portraying a mysterious and badass character. 

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In addition, the mega-hit Kdrama also includes Wi Ha Joon as policeman Hwang Joon Ho, player 001 Oh Il Nam played by Oh Young Soo and the villain played 101 Jang Deok Soo portrayed by Heo Sung Tae. 

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Apart from its lineup of stars, Netflix Squid Game wowed the audience with a surprising cameo from the two biggest stars. 

Gong Yoo has a brief appearance in episodes 1 and 9 as the salesman at the station, while award-winning actor Lee Byung Hun is the frontman Hwang In Ho, who happens to be the older brother of Wi Ha Joon. 

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Written by Geca Wills

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