The details and various topics related to “Squid Game” (오징어 게임) have been dominating headlines worldwide. Spoiler alert! Please proceed with caution as there are mentions of important plot devices that may or may not spoil the viewing experience for those who haven’t watched the show.
Director Hwang Dong Hyuk (황동혁) in an interview held online recently spoke about topics related to his latest masterpiece. The director of Netflix original survival series “Squid Game” recently explained about the bank account that was revealed on the show.
In the final episode of “Squid Game”, when Seong Gi Hun (Lee Jung Jae) tried to withdraw ₩10,000 KRW (~RM35) from an ATM, the ATM displayed a bank account number alongside the prize of his money. Observant netizens noticed the full display of the bank account and naturally they tried to see if the number was real.
When curious netizens tried to send some money to the account in question, they later found out that the account is currently in use by a person with the surname Lee through KakaoBank. This led to netizens claiming that the account number was used without permission.
Director Hwang in the interview clarified that the account number was used with permission from the bank account owner. The “Squid Game” production has negotiated with the owner of the account which is also one of the producers on the show prior to the release of the show.
“The account number belongs to one of the producers on the show. We made an agreement with the directing team and used it. I heard that the producer has been receiving deposits in the amount of 456 KRW (RM1.61) from people who watched the show,” the director explained, stating that the production team has decided to close that account to avoid issues in the future.
Director Hwang in a statement also apologised for for revealing an actual phone number on the series. “We used that number because we were told it was a safe number to use but the producers didn’t expect the number to work if you put in the 010 area code in front. We’re very sorry we did not check that in detail. I know the production team is working to properly compensate that individual. We are going to take responsibility for it,” he said.
In related news, “Squid Game ” is currently on track to become the biggest non-English language Netflix series as it ranks number 1 on Netflix in over 90 countries.