It's different with Koreans. They seem to have no internal barrier: their attitude to topics like cruelty, sex, all sorts of perversions,
or some very extreme things like incest is much simpler. Even
the completely mainstream Oldboy (2003)
, if you look at it this way, is a very unhealthy movie: here is still the same incest as the main plot lever, licking shoes, cutting off tongues, torture, torment, suicide, coffin, coffin, cemetery – in all, a whole freak show of perversions. Squid Game is no exception: ultraviolence and cruelty are presented in a bright wrapper of children's games in pink and blue pastel decorations. This makes everything seem toyish and unreal, and shocking scenes look like something ordinary.