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Netflix’s We All Die Are Koreans too – but the Squid Fishing Game comparison feels unnecessary

BILLIONthis is a new one Squid fishing game at the scene – according to Twitter, at least. NetflixLatest Korean movie We are all dead is the top trending show on the current platform, as viewers immerse themselves in the vibrant, bloody zombie drama. Alliances have been declared. “We are all dead deserves more praise Squid fishing game“, one tweet argued in favor of the new series of videos compared to the streamer’s other hit in Korean from last year. Others remained loyal: “We are all dead not the next Squid fishing game … Another difference is, Squid fishing game was really good. Most just draw a comparative line between the two: “Well, if you like that then try this.”

The comparison comes naturally to the audience. “This is better than that, but not as good as this” is a useful barometer for gauging what we watch. And considering similar genres or short stories is a helpful way to find your next favorite fun (Netflix’s “Because you watched…” category is admittedly effective). But when it comes to non-English content – and a smaller bank of documents that exist in the collective memory – the compulsion to compare becomes increasingly attenuated. Be liked Squid fishing game, We are all dead is a white man’s survival journey, but the show deserves high praise for its merits. It’s good enough that it doesn’t need it Squid fishing gamescaffolding to stand up.

Both series are intensely entertaining horror films about groups of people killing each other. But don’t like Squid fishing game – play on a “death game” genre that pits contestants against each other in twisted, sickly activities (think Saw and The Hunger Games) – We are all dead is a story about zombies on the sidelines. The setting is difficult: a schoolgirl is bitten by a creepy rat locked in the classroom of a seemingly treacherous science teacher. She then transforms into an uncontrollable zombie who suddenly begins to view her classmates as an all-you-can-eat buffet. A quick and effective first episode introduces us to the show’s potential victims and dictates to our alliances: who we should root for and whose death we should. anticipate with righteous glee.

The series – created by Chun Sung-Il – is funny and self-aware in a way that refreshes a genre that has been taken to death. Trying to use a classmate’s iPhone to call emergency services, a particularly serious teenager holds the device’s Face ID up to the bloody window where the phone’s owner – gobbles up and cravings – are throwing themselves constantly. The series gives a clear nod to its genre’s forerunners as frightened students try to name the chaos unfolding around them. “It looks like Train to Busan,” suggested one boy, referring to Yeon Sang-Ho’s 2016 locomotive thriller which is often heralded as the greatest zombie movie of all time. “Well, why would they [the zombies] at school?” retorted to his classmate, “They should be in the movie.”

We are all dead prioritizing pulp over political allegory. (If we were to compare, this would be where the program redirects from Squid fishing game and its clear anti-capitalist message.) After all, high school (melo) drama makes for a great TV show. As we’ve learned from countless other teen horror movies – from Lord in the air and hit Japanese classics Royal War to the recent popular cannibal drama Yellow jacket – the high schools and their inhabitants work really well as microcosm to observe the collapse of civilization. (Plus, really only people under 18 can get away with saying things like, “Shut up, zombie bitch.”) We are all deadWell, the zombie saga is a teen soap. You can tick the list of archetypes of the genre as they appear on the screen: valedictorian, bully, shy girl, loser, cheater. Relationships between students come first, as childhood breakdowns turn into life-or-death political blunders.

Gore-fans can comfortably enjoy the comic carnage without being overly emotional

(Yang Hae-sung / Netflix)

And this is a story about zombies, life-and-death situations happen a lot. We are all dead is as violent as they come. The program has teeth. It’s ghastly and bloody, striking against the children’s pale green uniforms – but the violence is also wildly enjoyable. For the most part, those sadists are characters on the periphery of the show or zombies with no feelings. Which means if gore is your thing, you can comfortably enjoy the carnage in the comics without getting too emotional. (There are, of course, some heartbreaking exceptions as the series goes on, but most of its chaotic violence is to witness depraved pleasure.)

Truly a fan of Squid fishing game likely to be enthralled by the same madness and unflinching brutality of We are all dead. It is also true that the latter are likely to benefit from such comparisons, with people like me willing to take the bait. But there are other recent zombie shows that could join the conversation instead: Criminally Canceled BBC In the meat Is one; Netflix’s 2019 Series Dawn is another one. Sure, they’re not Korean products, but they’d be the same if it weren’t for more useful companion programs We are all dead than Squid fishing game. And as the palette for international series and films expands, perhaps we can eliminate the arbitrary comparisons that claim “y is the new x.” Contrary to what you might believe on Netflix’s Top 10 titles or charts, there can be plenty of non-English movies that are going to be great at any given time.

‘We’re All Dead’ and ‘Squid Fishing Game’ Available to Watch on Netflix

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Tom Vazquez

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