Squid Game fans are sending money to a bank account that features in the final episode of the hit first series in hopes of entering the ‘death game’.
‘Squid Game’, about a group of people who risk their lives in a survival game to win a huge money prize, is so popular that it has become the first South Korean drama to hit the top of the Netflix charts in America.
In a recent online interview, director Hwang Dong-hyuk was asked about the bank account number used in the last episode.
The director revealed that the account belongs to one of the hit show’s producers and that fans were sending KRW 456 (GBP 0.3) to the number to see what would happen.
Squid Game protagonist Gi Hun was known as player 456 and the total cash prize for the survival game was KRW 45.6 billion (GBP 28 million).
The bank account number is seen in the final episode when Gi Hun tried to take out 10,000 (GBP 6.1) from a cash machine.
According to local media, fans of the show sent KRW 456 (GBP 0.3) to see if the number was authentic and if anything would happen, later learning that the account belonged to someone surnamed Lee at KakaoBank.
Dong-hyuk said: “I heard that the producer has been receiving deposits in the amount of 456 KRW (0.38 USD) from people who watched the show.”
Dong-hyuk said the producer’s account has since been closed “to prevent potential issues in the future”, adding: “We made an agreement with the directing team and used it.”
Last month, Korean media reported that a man’s life has been turned upside down after his phone number appeared on the hit show and thousands of people called it at all hours of the day and night.
The peeved man, name not disclosed, said fans of the show called him 24/7 and the situation affected his everyday life.
Unfortunately for the man, Korean superstar Gong Yoo makes a cameo appearance in Squid Game where he hands a business card to actor Lee Jung Jae with a number to call to take part in the survival game.
Following a production error, the number turned out to belong to a man who said he has been using it for over 10 years.
He is quoted as saying: “I’ve had to delete over 4,000 numbers from my phone. It has come to the point where people are reaching out day and night due to their curiosity.
“It drains my phone’s battery and (it) turns off. At first, I didn’t know why, and then my friend told me that my number came out in ‘Squid Game’.”
According to local media, eight digits appeared on the business card instead of the normal 10 or 11. The show’s production team removed the first three numbers, representing the area code, instead of digits elsewhere.
The oversight meant that anyone living within the city code could dial the number locally and get through.
Netflix has confirmed they are in contact with the man and are currently working with the production company Siren Pictures to settle the matter.
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