By Kirsten Howard

Netflix has streamed its fair share of ambitious TV series, but new South Korean show Squid Game definitely deserves our attention!

Squid Game arrives on Netflix after germinating in The Fortress director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s mind for over a decade.

Hailing from South Korea, the outlandish and violent show is bound to get people talking.

Hwang Dong-hyuk has set out to make a truly Korean survival drama, and has been slowly fine-tuning his idea since 2008. Netflix gave him the freedom to let his imagination run wild.

In Squid Game, hundreds of people are invited to play in a huge, mysterious competition, and are promised that they can win millions.

As some of the players are heavily in debt, the opportunity may seem tempting, but they soon find out they’re trapped in a deadly survival tournament.

Those who lose the game are killed off until only one player remains.

The award-winning director wanted to create “a sense of connection between the nostalgic games we played in our childhood and the sense of never-ending competition that modern adults feel.”

Squid Game should definitely appeal to fans of similar fare like Gantz, The Running Man and Battle Royale.

Deliver Us from Evil star Lee Jung-jae leads the cast as Ki-hoon. He joins the game after his business fails and he gets divorced. He also has a lot of debt and gambling issues.

Netflix vet Park Hae-soo co-stars, having previously featured in other projects at the streamer like Time to Hunt, Persona and Racket Boys.

There’s no word yet on whether there will be a second season of Squid Game, but we can’t wait to find out.