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Japanese media gives evidence for their claim saying “Squid Game” plagiarizes Japanese games

Squid Game continues to be entangled in a new controversy

Squid Game has become a worldwide phenomenon since its release. This Korean drama has surpassed many Hollywood blockbusters in terms of viewership, becoming Netflix’s most-watched series. The violent, dangerous, and deadly games inspired by Korean childhood games are most likely the most intriguing aspect of Squid Game. However, this also sparked debate about the games’ “source.”

Squid Game is accused of plagiarizing traditional Japanese games

Many viewers have long commented that the games in the Squid Game may have been “copied” from many Japanese survival movies.  Typically, the game “Red light, green light” is made very similar to the Japanese survival movie “As The Gods Will,”  which was released in 2014. Although the director has confirmed that he came up with the script for Squid Game in 2008, but just now, netizens are still very skeptical about this explanation.

Squid Game's "Red light, green light" requires the players not to move when the doll is watching them.  Anyone who moves will be killed. 
Squid Game’s “Red light, green light” requires the players not to move when the doll is watching them.  Anyone who moves will be killed. 
This rule is very similar to the first game in the survival movie As The Gods Will
This rule is very similar to the first game in the survival movie As The Gods Will

The Japanese newspaper The Nikkei recently mentioned the game “Red light, green light” as proof that the games in Squid Game are plagiarized products. According to the Nikkei, “the majority of the games in the Squid Game are from Japan.” Continuously, the newspaper site explains that many people enjoy watching Squid Game because they want to “reminisce about their childhood.”

This newspaper accused not only the game “Red light, green light” of plagiarism from Japan, but also other games. Games like ddakji (smashing paper), marbles game, and even the dalgona game are said to have originated in Japan. The series’ final game, “Squid game,” was also accused of plagiarizing a Japanese game called “squid kaisen.” “There are too many coincidences,” writes the article’s author.

Squid Game is accused of plagiarizing traditional Japanese games

This article continues to spark the debate between Squid Game fans and haters. Many netizens think that Squid Game is clearly a “copycat“, while the majority of viewers also think that all the games mentioned above are quite popular in many countries around the world, including 4 Asian countries, China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

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