- WARNING: Squid game contains mild spoilers
The Squid game has been hit with plagiarism claims after fans pointed out the show’s similarity to the 2014 Japanese film As the Gods Will.
The South Korean series has soared in popularity around the world since its release on Netflix last month and is pegged to become the service’s most successful show ever, sparking global conversation on social media.
A common theme dividing fans was the similarities between the show and As the Gods Will, although 50-year-old Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk was quick to dismiss any allegations of plagiarism as he insisted: ‘I’ve done it before’.
‘They’re the same, but I did it before’: Squid game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk hits back at claims of plagiarism after audiences stared at Netflix hit COPIES 2014 Japanese film As the Gods Will (pictured Hwang in 2013) was accused.
The Squid Game follows a group of down-and-out citizens who are chosen by a masked organization to compete for money by playing children’s games – with deadly consequences for those who lose the playground.
The first game in the series of Deathly Contradictions is called Red Light Green Light, where a giant doll oversees a ‘playground’ full of adults, who fall down when the doll’s head is moved when shaken.
A Twitter user shared side-by-side screenshots of the two pieces of work showing similarities, yet Hwang pointed to the construction timeline.
In a press conference last month, he said: ‘It’s true that [the first game is] is similar, but after that, there is no equality. I worked [Squid Game in] 2008 and 2009, and at that time, the first game [had already been] Red light fixed as green light.
same? A Twitter user shared side-by-side shots of the two sections of the media
He said that As Gods Will have been made in the 2010s, meaning the Squid game was already formed.
The producer said: ‘It’s not really something I want to do in order to claim ownership of this story. But if I had to say I would say I did it first.
Pointing out the similarities, Twitter users wrote: ‘The Squid game is basically “As Gods Will” + “Kanji”… I’m sure the Squid game is exactly what the Gods would do. This is shot to shot copy. Except that in the squid game, they are shot, while according to the will of the gods, they blow up…
No: A Twitter user shared side-by-side screenshots of the two pieces of work, showing similarities, yet Hwang pointed to construction deadlines (Hwang pictured in 2011)
Plot: The Squid Game follows a group of down-and-out citizens who are chosen by a masked organization to compete for money by playing children’s games – with deadly consequences for those who lose in the playground
‘Started watching squid games now and I get the controversy, definitely inspired by As Gods Will (great movie I can only recommend it), Alice in Borderlands and Battle Royale also come to mind’.
While others were more defensive of the work, emphasizing the similarities, users wrote: ‘Comparing #SquidGame to “as the gods”…
‘Just because they both share the same popular Asian game. It’s like saying that every movie that has a gun is “Die Hard”. I said what I said…
Really? Some viewers uncovered similarities
‘Squid Game is not a rip off version of the Hunger Games, or Battle Royale, or God’s Will, or Kanji. They are their own projects, one can influence the other like everything in Hollywood does. So stop sarcasm on squid game pls thank you…
‘People are saying squid is a copy of the game As God’s Will, do I have a question, do you know how to consume media? Did you look at Iron Man and think he’s a copy of Batman because they’re both rich people in suits? I guess that’s how you consume media’.
“The Squid game is great, certainly has similarities to the first game with the movie As God’s Will, but other than that one game, they’re very different. Still the concept is your standard death trap/mind trick game.’