“It’s the role music should play in a scene,” says famous Korean composer Jung Jae-il (“Parasite”) about playing a composer in a series like the Netflix blockbuster “Squid Game,” on which he juxtaposes the mood of each scene with a variety of musical styles, from explosive percussion to distorted synth-rock, through melodious orchestral pieces. For our recent online chat, he adds that “the music doesn’t have to be in the foreground of the scene, but at the same time the music can show something completely different from the scene.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.
“Squid Game” was conceived by the famous writer/director Hwang Dong-hyuk, who not only created and produced “Squid Game,” but also wrote and directed all nine episodes. The series features the main man Lee jung-jae as the central hero Gi-hun, Jung Ho Yeon as the mysterious North Korean refugee Sae-byeok, Hae-soo Park like the Sang-woo calculator, Wi Ha-jun as undercover cop Jun-ho, Heo Sung-tae as villainous Deok-su, recent Golden Globe winner O Young-su like the old man Il-nam, Lee Yoomi like the stoic Ji-yeong, Anupam Tripathi as adorable migrant Ali and Kim Joo-ryoung like deliciously unbalanced Mi-nyeo.
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The global phenomenon centers on a group of people who have hit rock bottom, who each receive mysterious invitations to join a life-and-death dangerous version of their childhood games in order to win a $45.6 billion cash prize. won (equivalent to approximately US$38 million). The games depicted on “Squid Game” are adapted from traditional Korean children’s games, but in this dystopian fable, if and when you lose a game, you die. The show sets up this gripping roller coaster ride for the audience, who keep guessing throughout each biting episode who will be the winner and what the goal of the deadly competition is, with all 456 entrants ultimately eliminated by a lucky few. remaining. to play the last game of the season finale. Netflix premiered all nine episodes of the South Korean thriller on September 17 last year, after which it became a word-of-mouth sensation and the launch of the streaming giant’s most popular series to date, topping Netflix charts in over 80 countries. Director Hwang is currently writing the series’ second season, perhaps one of the most anticipated sequels in years.
After all its commercial success, “Squid Game” is likely to dominate at the Emmys when nominations are announced in July, after its three surprise wins at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards, where Lee won Best Dramatic Actor, Jung won the award for best drama. The show’s actress and stunt team won the stunt ensemble award.
Jung, who collaborated with composers Kim Sung-soo (otherwise called 23) and Min Ju Park on the score, also joined the winner’s circle, having earned two nominations at the 12th Hollywood Music in Media Awards in November last year, for the TV show’s original score/limited series and the main title theme. of the TV show, winning the Original Music category against impressive competition including Christopher Beck (“Wanda Vision”), Nathan Barr (“Halston”), Nathalie Holt (“Loki”) and Carter Burwell (“The Morning Show”). “I didn’t expect that at all,” he humbly admits, adding that “there were so many excellent and amazing works that rivaled mine.”
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