What is “The 8 Show”, the brand new ultra-violent Korean collection from Netflix? | EUROtoday

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un sport, confinement, contributors who don’t have anything to lose, a huge sum to obtain, a colourful decor and dehumanized administration. In The 8 Showthe whole lot is finished to remind us Squid Game, the collection that crushed the whole lot in its path in 2021 on Netflix.

However, the collection produced by Han Jae-rim has nothing to envy of her huge sister. Adapted from two webtoons, Money Game And Pie Game by Bae Jin-soo, it depicts eight very stereotypical contributors (the loopy one, the mental one, the shy one, the jerk, the thug…), who’ve chosen to hitch a tv present of which they solely know one rule: extra the extra time passes, the extra money they make.

The trial of capitalism and leisure

Equipped with numbered uniforms which outline the ground on which they sleep each night time, the eight contributors shortly discover themselves confronted with the fact of the sport. They can be disadvantaged of all items and can be rationed in meals. The entire decor is faux. They will discover no water within the swimming pool, no mattress, no bogs and should pay for any request (at exorbitant costs) from their private kitty. If they pay utilizing the frequent kitty, this time they commerce their enjoying time. They should then discover the best way to save time, to earn cash.

But the numbers should not there at random and carry an actual allegorical dimension, as a result of every character really receives a distinct quantity and has an unequal residing house. So, the 1er flooring earns much less cash than the second, and so forth as much as quantity 8, who should purchase the whole lot. They thus signify as people, but additionally via the house they occupy, the totally different social strata of Korea. A symbolic construction which clearly requires the movies Snowpiercerbut additionally The platform (which befell in a jail tower whose occupants had been fed by an elevator, giving rise to apparent social variations) and even Parasite.

READ ALSO “Squid Game”: behind the scenes of a worldwide obsessionIunimaginable SO to overlook the vital and political level of the collection. Like her huge sister, The 8 Show goes to trial excesses of leisure, notably these of actuality TV, which translate the radicalization of our world during which intercourse, violence and cash reign. Above all, it paints the portrait of a deaf and unjust capitalism during which the whole lot relies on social determinism (you’re poor due to this fact you’ll stay that manner).

Art that imitates life, that imitates artwork. It is a cynical present, humorous at instances, and sadly lifelike. The work is clever, with efficient points and suspense. The Koreans are nonetheless so gifted of their manner of manufacturing or telling completely dehumanized human tales!

Gratuitous violence

The huge downside with the collection is maybe the violence supplied to the viewer. Indeed, the creators are as sadistic as they’re inventive. These torture periods, undoubtedly thought-about essential to intensify the excesses of leisure and unhealthy obsessions of males, generally show to be too abrupt and above all too lengthy. It's arduous to not be affected.

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Finally, The 8 Show slips into monotonous redundancy. Despite the quite a few twists and turns, the closed doorways and the data of a morbid ending kill our endurance prematurely and paradoxically plunge us right into a sure boredom.

Especially since, in contrast to the grotesque appearances of the billionaire spectators of Squid Game, The 8 Show makes the guess of obscuring them by solely letting them seem via quite a few (and insufferable) cameras. An invisibility that encourages us to query ourselves and establish ourselves: what if these nameless spectators, hidden behind their tv or smartphone screens, had been in the end us?

The collection may be present in full on Netflix. Not really useful for beneath 16s.