South Korean TV show, "Squid Game" is on track to becoming one of Netflix's biggest shows ever.
With the very quick success of the South Korean series, there have been rave reviews about the show... but are you watching the show correctly?
According to News.com.au - many viewers are watching the show with the English-language dub or are reading the closed-caption subtitles. This has sparked up a debate on social media about whether or not to watch "Squid Game" with subtitles or not.
The English closed captioning substitutes the English dub of the show but does not effectively convey the Korean to English subtitles.
For those that do not speak Korean, it is recommended that the official subtitled version is recommended for the series. It conveys what the characters are saying, more effectively than the dub.
Even famous director, Taika Waititi joined in on the debate and urged Netflix users to avoid using the English dub of the show.
Tweeting out to his fans, Waititi said:
'You don't have to watch Squid Game dubbed in English,'
Many of his fans and viewers of the show disagreed with what Waititi said. Many are unable to concentrate on the action on the screen and the subtitles at the same time due to low attention spans.
One fan responded to his tweet:
'Why would ever use subtitles if I have a dub?'...'I want to use both senses to enjoy the content. Not use my eyes for both. You're supposed to watch TV, not read TV.'
This was only one of the responses. There were A LOT of angry viewers!
How do you watch "Squid Game"? With Subtitles or dubbed?
"Squid Game" is a TV drama that is explained as:
"Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes."
Released on September 17th, "Squid Game" has already become the first South Korean series to top the U.S. Netflix chart and could become one of the streaming platform's most popular shows.
At the Code 2021 conference, Ted Sarandos, Netflix's co-CEO and chief content officer discussed the impact of this show and its quick popularity. He told CNET:
“Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world, for sure,”... “a very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever.”
According to The Korea Harold, Sarandos also mentioned that the South Korean show is outperforming other non-English shows on Netflix like Money Heist and Lupin.
Currently there are no developed plans for a Season 2 to the series, according to the "Squid Game" writer and director, Hwang Dong-hyuk - but a second season is not being ruled out. Dong-hyuk stated,
“if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I’d consider using a writers’ room and would want multiple experienced directors”.
If you have Netflix, "Squid Game" is definitely a show to check out! #Squidgame