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Movie Review: Disturbing But Fascinating In Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’

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Children’s games can be super easy and fun to play. Here’s one, for instance, the Red Light, Green Light game. Red light, green light is a children’s game in which one person tells those behind them to run (green light) or stay still (red light), and those who move during the red light phase are eliminated.

But what if, this game has its own twist? Something we can’t foresee. Something…..DEADLY!

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Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) is broke and owes a lot of money. Gi-Hun is in trouble because of his bank obligations and his chronic gambling addiction. His mother is sick and needs surgery, he’s being pursued by menacing debt collectors, and he can’t even buy his small daughter a nice birthday present.

Gi-Hun comes into a strange well-dressed man at the railway station after visiting his daughter for her birthday, who presents him a card with a circle, triangle, and square on it. The man advises him to phone the number on the back of the card if he wants to play a game for money. Gi-Hun dials the phone, desperate and fearful of losing contact with his daughter. He’s in such a financial bind that he accepts a mysterious stranger’s offer to play basic children’s games for money. What could possibly go wrong?

A dark van piloted by a masked guard arrives shortly after, and Gi-Hun climbs into the backseat before losing consciousness. n When Gi-Hun wakes up, he finds himself in a room with hundreds of other disoriented people, all dressed in green tracksuits.

As it turns out, quite a bit. Gi-hun and 455 other consenting volunteers, all of whom are poor, are sedated and taken to a building with masked guards and frightening pastel playrooms and soon realize they are contestants in the “squid game,” a competition featuring a series of traditional South Korean children’s activities with a prize pool of $45.6 billion (AUD $53 million).

The game’s rules are clear: lose and die, or win and collect 45.6 billion. Despite the fact that the odds are stacked against them, the players’ lives outside of the games are in such chaos that sacrificing their lives is the only way to solve their numerous issues.

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I love how the games themselves are as vicious as you’d anticipate; the fact that they’re usually played by kids adds another layer of terror to an already stressful situation. Squid Game, on the other hand, keeps the tension between its horrific set pieces by focusing on the players’ relationships: alliances, rivalries, and even treachery. A particularly distressing storyline involves police officer Hwang Jun-ho infiltrating the games’ guardians in pursuit of his lost sibling.

This is a must-watch for those who love the thriller and action genres. Squid Game is a stylish, riveting film with a fantastic ensemble cast that will have you clicking play no matter how afraid you get.

Interestingly, here are some facts you should know about Squid Game:

1. Director Hwang began writing the script in 2008

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Director Hwang Dong-huk revealed during the Squid Game press conference that he first developed the script in 2008. Director Hwang, like the 456 participants in Squid Game, was in debt in 2008. “If there had been a game like this, I would have played it,” he said. Squid Game’s script was finished in 2009. However, attracting funders and actors was tough because the genre and plot of Squid Game were considered violent and unorthodox 12 years ago.

2. The brightly coloured uniforms represent conformity.

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Two iconic colours of the Squid Game is green and hot pink. The participants wear green gym clothes, while the soldiers don hot pink uniforms. The participants were dressed in green workout clothing, which Director Hwang said reminded him of what Korean high school students wore when he was a kid. The soldiers were outfitted in hot pink, which is the colour opposite of green on the colour wheel, to create a great colour contrast. The end product is not only intriguing, but it also graphically depicts the two groups as rivals.

3. The shapes on the mask are inspired by the ant colony

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In an ant colony, ants follow a framework that precisely defines their responsibilities and tasks. However, most of the ants appear to be indistinguishable from one another from the outside. When it came to designing the troops’ outfits, Director Hwang was inspired by this. Workers are represented by the circle, warriors by the triangle, and management by the square. Workers, troops, and managers in Squid Game are only responsible for doing their assigned responsibilities. They’d be killed if they weren’t shot.

4. The stairs were inspired by Escher’s relativity

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A top-down picture of the colourful, perplexing stairways attracted viewers and created an unpleasant atmosphere in episode one. Director Hwang claimed that a lithograph print by Dutch artist M.C. Escher inspired him. The lithograph print, titled Relativity, depicts a world in which the rules of gravity are not the same as they are in reality. There are a total of seven stairways in Relativity, all of which are positioned in a perplexing fashion. This is akin to Squid Game’s intricate stairway architecture and maze-like passages.

5. 456 people really participated in the first game

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At the start of the Squid Game, there were a total of 456 players. Real performers, not CGI, were used to portray the players.

Director Hwang was adamant about using as little CG as possible, therefore the majority of the sets were created and built-in real life. When Lee Jung-jae, the veteran actor who played Gi-hun in Squid Game, saw how large-scale the sets were in real life, he was taken aback. Director Hwang ensured that the drama was depicted in the most realistic manner possible by erecting massive sets and filming with actual people. The actors were able to engage with the physical sets and deliver a genuine performance.

Sources: The Smart LocalMamamia, Mashable

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Takes Place Every Two Years, Here’s What You Need To Know About Sudirman Cup

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The Sudirman Cup is the world mixed team badminton championship which takes place every two years. It is held in the same venue for IBF World Championships in the same year until International Badminton Federation decided to split the two tournaments starting from the year of 2003. There are in total of five matches in every of Sudirman Cup tie which consists of men and also women’s singles, men and also women’s doubles and mixed doubles. So amazing.

For the trophy, the Sudirman Cup stands 80 cm high. It is made of 22 carats, which means 92% gold-plated solid silver, and stands on an octagonal base made of Java teak wood. The body of the Cup is in the form of a shuttlecock and also is surmounted by a replica of the Borobudur Temple. The handles are in the shape of stamens, symbolizing the seeds of badminton. Amazingly, it was made by Masterix Bandung Company at the price of US$15,000 (RM62,787).

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Dick Sudirman, in whose honor the Sudirman Cup was instituted, was one of the founders of PBSI and its President for 22 years. He earned respect worldwide as an administrator with PBSI and with other governing bodies such as Asian Badminton Confederation and International Badminton Federation. Although his contributions to badminton were vast, he is also most remembered for his pivotal role in helping the unification of the world governing body.

The Sudirman Cup, like the other major trophies in badminton such as the Thomas Cup, the Uber Cup, and also the Suhandinata Cup, is an exceptional piece of workmanship. This is because, it would definitely bring together all the elements of badminton and also the cultural heritage of Indonesia, which is the country that donated the trophy.

The first Sudirman Cup tournament took place in Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia on the 24th to 29th of May in the year of 1989. Respectfully, there is actually no prize money in Sudirman Cup. All the players in the particular competition play for their respective countries and also to earn the BWF world ranking points and national prestige.

Sources: BWF, Cultural Pulse.

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(Video) Shocking Cinema Secret You Wish You Had Known Soon!

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Who doesn’t love the cinema. It gives us a one-of-a-kind experience when we watch movies. Nothing beats the thrill of going to see a movie in a theatre. The large screen, surround sound, and overall mood all combine up to something quite special.

Have you ever wondered about movie theatre secrets like why the popcorn smells so good but costs so much? Have you ever wondered why drinks served in the theaters taste way better than other places? If that’s the case, you’re in luck: we’ve got the inside scoop on all the movie theatre secrets you’ve always wanted to know but didn’t know who to ask.

So buckle up for a behind-the-scenes peek at these fascinating movie theatre secrets. This information will not only save you time and money, but it will also allow you to make the life of theatre workers a little bit easier.

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#1-Popcorn

Most theaters have popcorns that come in small, medium, and large sizes. However, keep in mind that you are not supposed to buy the medium ones because they are just a marketing technique that drives you to buy the larger ones. Popcorns in theaters are not made using microwaves. So how do they make such a huge amount of popcorns? Simple. They drop corns into a massive machine, close the lid, and voila, 3 minutes later you get fluffy, hot popcorns ready to serve.

#2-Drinks

You can’t just eat without any drinks right. And in every cinema, the most common beverages would be Pepsi and Coca-Cola. But here’s a thing, you will not find these two brands together because they are after all enemies. Another funny thing is that in theaters, Pepsi or Coca-Cola doesn’t come from the bottles because they are made instantly. How? First, grab a cup, add some water, put some gas into it and squeeze in some Pepsi syrup. There you have it, instant soft drinks!

#3- Seating

If you’re thinking back seats are the best choice for an amazing cinematic experience, you’re probably wrong. In theaters, the sound is more important than visual, so to get the best sound effect for your movie, choose the middle seatings.

#4- Projection

We always thought there’s someone in the upper room right? In large cinema projections rooms, there’s no human controlling it. Cool isn’t it! There are no tape, no human control and its all fully automated.

#5- Screen

One reason why cinema screen is super expensive is that it has a thin layer of silver on top of it. The function of this layer is to reflect the light properly against the projector.

Amazing isn’t it. What we thought about cinema has brought a twist!

Sources: TikTok Max Klymenko

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(Video) So Questionable! These Are 5 Most Useless Features In Any Cars!

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Cars are essential, the biggest tech toy you will ever own. Carmakers have worked hard to pack their models with the latest generation of in-car tech in recent years. Many of these new-fangled features are really helpful and provide consumers greater levels of safety, comfort, and connectivity. Even with all of the technologies, there are actually features that are less useful for users. In fact, a lot of features in cars over the years can be considered unnecessary.

A lot of the technologies included in cars have been placed there simply because engineers could squeeze it into the vehicle and also manufacturers could then charge a premium for it. Such a waste for us to pay for things that are just annoying to be installed in the car. Some useless features in cars have been mentioned in a video. These are 5 of them.

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5 most useless features in any car:

1) Auto Start-Stop

The knock-on remote car auto start-stop is that they can damage any vehicle’s battery. If there are not installed properly, it is easy to ground out one of the wires and drain your battery prematurely. The starter also needs to have a safety switch so that there is no damage to the electrical system. It is also such a waste if you have to always change your vehicle’s battery all the time even you are saving your fuel by using the auto start-stop features.

2) Sunroof

A sunroof will give you a sense of open air and freedom. You can definitely enjoy the view of the sky. The openness of sunroofs cannot be compared with a car with a completely enclosed space. The disadvantage would be that the cabin would be so hot during the day.

3) Auto Parking

The system of auto parking is going to be so slow rather than the normal way of parking. Users of the car might even have to experience receiving a honk from other drivers that are waiting for the auto parking to finish. All in all, it is easier and also faster to just park your car manually.

4) Powered Seat That Does Not Have Memory Function

If you are sharing your car with other people, these features could be such a burden for you and also other people. The time taken to change the seat according to your comfort would take so long rather than to just fix the seat manually and using the normal way.

5) Paddle Shifters

These features help the users to control the gear and also to make your car look more sporty. Unfortunately, 90% of car users do not realize that they even have paddle shifters or they do not really know how to use them.

Sources: TikTok WapCar.my.

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