Squid Game continues to take over the world! The South Korean survival drama television series has been the talk of the town since it premiered in mid-September. The said K-drama did not only receive positive reviews from viewers as it also became one of Netflix's most-watched programs in various regional markets.
Viewers were treated with action-packed scenes and witness the brutal social inequalities and violence in real life. Aside from its interesting storyline, Squid Game also featured stellar cast members and characters that represent a piece of the modern world.
So, who are the main cast and characters in the record-breaking K-drama? What are their backgrounds and what made them join the bloody game? Here is a guide to the cast and characters of Squid Game. Keep on reading to know more.
Lee Jung Jae as Seong Gi Hun
This Squid Game main character is a driver and a gambling addict. Due to his low income, he lives with his sickly mother and has been struggling in supporting his own daughter finally. Gong Yoo's character was able to convince him to participate in the game because of his debts.
Before appearing in the Squid Game series, Lee Jung Jae, who played Seong Gi Hun, was also part of the 2013 historical drama called The Face Reader. He also appeared in Delayed Justice, Chief of Staff, Triple, Air City, and Sandglass among others.
Park Hae Soo as Cho Sang Woo
Cho Sang Woo, for starters, is a childhood friend of Lee Jung Jae's Seong Gi Hun. Sang Woo and Gi Hun grew up together in the same community. Despite his success, Sang Woo got into huge trouble after he was caught stealing money from his clients and became at large.
The character of Park Hae Soo in Squid Game played a significant role during the by-group games because of his intelligence and experience in children's games. Before becoming part of the successful survival-themed series, Hae Soo appeared in God of War, Six Flying Dragon, Legend of the Blue Sea, Prison Playbook, Memories of the Alhambra, and Racket Boys.
Jung Ho Yeon as Kang Sae Byeok
This Squid Game character was forced to join the brutal game to get her mom and her family out of North Korea. Kang Sae Byeok also planned to use the prize to give her brother, who is an orphan in Seoul, a better life.
The character of Jung Ho Yeon is considered one of the most remarkable ones as this skilled pickpocket brings a knife with her all the time. Reports have it that Squid Game serves as her K-drama debut. However, Ho Yeon was one of the aspirants in South Korea's Next Top Model.
Oh Young Soo as Oh Il Nam
Aside from being the oldest player, Oh Il Name is the very first one to register for the barbaric game, which explains why he was tagged as Player 001 in Squid Game. Though he looks frail and is sickly, Oh Il Nam proved that he can still win games despite his advanced age.
Before appearing in Squid Game, Oh Young Soo also appeared in other K-dramas like Chocolate, God of War, The Great Queen Seondeok, and Moon River. He was also part of the films titled The Chrysanthemum and the Clown, A Little Monk and Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…And Spring.
Tripathi Anupam as Abdul Ali
Despite being the only non-Korean actor in the lead cast lineup, Tripathi Anupam was still able to catch the hearts of many viewers. This Squid Game character is a Pakistani worker who lost a number of his fingers due to a factory accident. Abdul Ali was forced to join the callous game because he needs to support his wife and kid.
Squid Game is not the first South Korean project of this New Delhi-born actor. As a matter of fact, Tripathi Anupam appeared in Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo's 2016 hit series titled Descendants of the Sun. He also had a minor role in the South Korean Netflix movie titled Space Sweepers.
Heo Sung Tae as Jang Deok Su
This Squid Game character was forced to join the ferocious game due to his massive gambling debts. Jang Deok Su was described as the strongest player, which is why many participants are afraid of him.
Before he become part of Squid Game, Heo Sung Tae also appeared in Beyond Evil, The Penthouse: War In Life, Watcher, Tunnel, Psychopath Diary, and Your Honor among others. This 44-year-old South Korean actor came into national prominence as Ha Il Soo in the 2016 period thriller movie titled The Age of Shadows.
Wi Ha Joon as Hwang Jun Ho
Seoul police officer Hwang Jun Ho's intention to find his brother was the main reason why he went undercover as one of the staff members who organize the games. This Squid Game character tried to get clues from Gi Hun. However, he failed to obtain details and, instead, gathered data by himself.
Prior to his appearance in Squid Game, Wi Ha Soon was part of other successful K-dramas such as 18 Again, Romance Is A Bonus Book, Matrimonial Chaos, Something In The Rain, My Golden Life, and Goodbye Mr. Black
Gong Yoo as The Salesman
This K-drama superstar played a small but remarkable role in Squid Game. The Salesman convinced Gi Hun and other players to participate in the bloody game. He only appeared in two episodes of the current installment. It remains to be seen if he would reprise his role should Squid Game Season 2 come into fruition.
Before his special appearance in Squid Game, Gong Yoo already made a name after his exemplary performances in several K-dramas such as Coffee Prince, One Fine Day, Hello My Teacher, Screen, Big, and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God among others. He also earned international attention after appearing in movies called Train To Busan, The Age of Shadows, and Silenced.
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