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On 06/10/2021 at 10:29, Darhkwing said:

Oh one thing about the glass bridge - 

 

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I thought it a bit odd that the "organisation" plays so strictly by the rules however they have no qualm in blowing this glass bridge up that could kill the contestants with the shattered glass (and well, pretty much does). Just thought this was a bit out of order.

 

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You could say the same thing about the guns. Its on a timer - fits game rules. Imagine if loads of people were remaining? 

Ahh...if only Sion Sono had directed.

 

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Quite enjoyed this, despite the massive flaws.

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The organisers start by stressing how fair the competition should be, and that contestants would be treated equally and given equal chances unlike the big bad outside world, as if they were trying to make some statement about modern capitalist society (which might have presented some interesting scenarios). But then they allowed the strong contestants to just murder the weaker ones in their beds, and organised some games where, by no fault of their own, players ended up at a massive disadvantage.

 

And then it turns out that it was just a stupid big game for sadistic billionaires to chuckle about, which was probably the least interesting angle they could have taken. So if they're just a bunch of sick bastards trying to get a thrill, why do they risk exposure by giving the winner the money and letting them go? Why not just shoot them and keep the cash for themselves?

 

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The organiser(s) don’t need that money. They just like fucking with people and proving that everyone is as soulless and cynical as they are. Hence the whole bit with the guy lying in the snow

in the final Ep.

 

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People are not worth saving. There is no higher moral standard. We can all be created in their cruel image. We just need some money and the very human drive of self preservation at all cost to drag us down to our basest instincts.

I thought Ep 6 captured this perfectly.

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3 hours ago, Naysonymous said:

Did the school run this morning (primary school) and it seems the hot new playground game is Red Light Green Light.  I’m sure playgrounds from John O Groats to Lands End are seeing the same.  🙃

 

There's a Roblox game inspired by the show. The kids were repeating the red light, green light chant all day. 

 

If they hadn't fired it up on the big screen we'd have been none the wiser. 

(My daughter's friend giggling nervously is both funny and troubling!)

 

https://youtube.com/watch?v=BCta2Va1lRA

 

 

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On 09/10/2021 at 11:10, peeveen said:

Quite enjoyed this, despite the massive flaws.

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The organisers start by stressing how fair the competition should be, and that contestants would be treated equally and given equal chances unlike the big bad outside world, as if they were trying to make some statement about modern capitalist society (which might have presented some interesting scenarios). But then they allowed the strong contestants to just murder the weaker ones in their beds, and organised some games where, by no fault of their own, players ended up at a massive disadvantage.

 

 

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Depends what you mean by "treated equally" and "equal". You could argue they were.

 

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Watched this in two sessions, really liked it overall but some weak moments (the VIP actors, detective storyline fizzling out). Was definitely hooked on it though and had that same "need to see next episode right now!" That Prison Break had. 

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Just finished off the last episode. It’s largely great.

but the few bad parts are really bad.

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Pretty much just the last episode really. Could have been much shorter, or just rolled into the previous short episode.

as everyone has said the vips are terrible, although having seen western actors in Hong Kong movies and anime that seems kinda normal.

the twist of the old guy being in charge was obvious. as soon as you didn’t see him get shot you know he isn’t dead... and then that mask scene. I didn’t need it spelled out on his death bed

 

the games were all excellent though. Some proper tense stuff.

I’m actually a bit disappointed to hear people talk about a second series. It could have been an awesome one and done show.

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Finished this the other night. Was expecting mindless goreporn based on the overall premise, but was very pleasantly surprised by the character development, tension and performances. 

 

Some really good plot twists too - this is a really good show and I can see why it's so popular.

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On 28/09/2021 at 15:37, yakumo said:

Watch Signal 100 or As the Gods Will, found it far better than Squid Game.

OK I was wrong, As the Gods Will is still bloody excellent but as I got further into the series it definitely lives up to the hype. If they ever made a City Hunter live action, Lee Jung-jae would be brilliant in it. 

 

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Just watched episode 6 and really enjoying this - if that's the right word - but I really wish it hadn't been translated by someone who learned English from reading Enid Blyton books. Every time a character says "Goodness" or "My gosh" (and they say them a LOT) it takes me right out of it. "Old sir" is also really clunky.

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36 minutes ago, Garwoofoo said:

Just watched episode 6 and really enjoying this - if that's the right word - but I really wish it hadn't been translated by someone who learned English from reading Enid Blyton books. Every time a character says "Goodness" or "My gosh" (and they say them a LOT) it takes me right out of it. "Old sir" is also really clunky.

 

I've been watching a lot of Korean stuff on Netflix and 'Goodness' comes up a lot in the subtitles.  Maybe there's a particular saying that's common in Korean that just doesn't translate to anything else?  Also, Korean tv seems very conservative in terms of language and sex, etc., so maybe there's a kind of upper ceiling to the level of sweariness in language that's part of their TV culture, but is much lower than the bar in the west, and translating something more gentle to a 'fuck' or 'shit' that we'd naturally expect wouldn't be faithful to the source?

Also, I think the 'Old sir' stuff comes down to the fact that Korean language and society has a lot of ranking of people by age and seniority and that, and that is reflected in how you speak to them.  Hard to convert that to English where we don't really do that kind of thing, without losing the meaning.  We are still watching Korean people talking to other Korean people in Korean culture, so it would be wrong to wipe away all the age / rank / seniority stuff from the language, even if it's not how English speakers typically talk to each other.

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