‘Squid Game’: TikTok user says Netflix’s subtitles change meaning of show

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“The dialogue was so well written and the void of it was preserved”

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A TikTok user has alleged that Netflix “ruined” subtitles Squid game.

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The new show has become a viral sensation in recent times and has become one of Netflix’s biggest shows till date.

The Korean-language drama first arrived on Netflix in September and explores a dystopian world in which a strange organization recruits people who are deeply in debt – then must compete in a series of deadly games.


One TikTok user, Youngmi Meyer, has now alleged that the subtitles on the English version are “so bad” that they often lose meaning from the original script.

The fluent Korean speaker claimed: “The dialogue was so well written and its void was preserved.”

You can watch his video here:


#squidgame translations are very wrong here is a small example

Original soundtrack – Yuvami

In one given example, a character tries to persuade people to play the game with him, with the closed-caption subtitle reading: “I’m not a genius, but I still made it work.”

Meyer explained that this was wrong: “I’m so smart, I’ve never had a chance to read.”


She continues: “Everything she says is being done translation-wise… the authors, they want you to know about that,” Meyer said. “Sounds small, but that’s the whole character’s purpose of being on the f***ing show.”

On Twitter, Meyer said: “This happens because the translation work is not respected and there is also a huge amount of content. Translators get paid less and work more and it’s not their fault. It’s those producers.” It is the fault of those who do not appreciate art.”

Granthshala has reached out to Netflix for comment.

In other news, squid game Writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk has spoken out about the possibility of a sequel, revealing that he “does not have well-developed plans for” squid game 2

Although a second season is not ruled out, Hwang stated that “If I did it, I certainly wouldn’t do it alone. I would consider using a writers’ room and would like several experienced directors.”

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