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May 23, 2022 6:12 AM EDT

Much of Hwang Dong-hyuk’s success stems from his ability to illuminate the feelings of the characters and to build believable lives for them from the ground up. As a television and film director, he knows how to weave a story so that no matter what choice a character makes, it feels natural. When I received the script for Squid Game, I knew it would be an interesting experience—the characters were all so rich in detail, with distinct characteristics that gave them depth. Director Hwang was brilliant in visualizing this intricate and savage world that looked like a game, but revealed piercing truths about society and humanity. He was able to take something brutal and make it beautiful.

Lee is an actor

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