The South Korean Squid Game psychothriller series is proving to be a hit in Malaysia, where a public transport operator is taking inspiration from a popular scene to promote its services.
Two men playing the South Korean children’s game ddakji by slamming cards onto the floor at a train platform, a familiar scene from the show, was filmed in a clip posted online by RapidKL yesterday. One of them was wearing a tracksuit while the other was in a suit, just like the salesman character played by actor Gong Yoo on the show.
The video was meant to encourage commuters to use cards instead of tokens for their train rides.
“Are you still using tokens to ride the train? It’s easier to use our card!” the video caption said. The promotional clip was filmed at the Merdeka train station and showed the man in tracksuit receiving RM1 (24 cents) for playing the game, just a fraction of the 100,000 Korean won (US$84) from the show.
At the end of the game, the man in suits dropped a card with shapes of a circle, triangle, and square, resembling the invitation to the disturbing game that the popular show is centered on.