Squid Game: Korean Audience Slams Netflix For ‘Botched’ English Subtitles
Everyone now is very much familiar with the Netflix show, Squid Game. Even if you have not seen the show, you do know what all this Korean drama is all about. While the global audience is quite intrigued by the show, the Koran watchers of Squid Game are upset with the streaming platform.
According to the audience, Netflix has ‘botched’ the English subtitles of the show and ruined its essence. A Twitter user, who goes by the handle Youngmi Mayer, posted a tweet saying that the English subtitles in a few episodes do not correctly interpret the actual dialogues. “Not to sound snobby but I’m fluent in Korean and I watched squid game with English subtitles and if you don’t understand Korean you didn’t really watch the same show. The translation was so bad. The dialogue was written so well and zero of it was preserved,” she tweeted.
Sharing a video on TikTok and Twitter, she also pointed out a few errors in the subtitles. She also provided with the right meaning of the same. Referring to one of the episodes on the show, she added that the lines said by Han Mi-nyeo, played by Kim Joo-ryung, are ‘very sterilised’.
“She says ‘what are you looking at’, it’s turned into ‘go away’ which might seem arbitrary but everything she says is not really aligning and you’re missing a lot of this character and what she stands for,” she further added.
i want to do a scene breakdown on tiktok to show you what they could’ve translated to i might work on it today just so you can see what i mean and see what you missed. such a shame. translation is extremely important.
— youngmi mayer (@ymmayer) September 30, 2021
A scene in which Han Mi-nyeo is trying to convince people to play with her, the subtitle read, ‘Oh, I’m not a genius but I can work it out’, while the actual translation should have been ‘I am very smart, I just never got a chance to study.’ according to Mayer. “Almost everything she says is being botched, translation wise,” she concluded.
It has now been reported by Netflix Co-CEO and Head of Content Ted Sarandos that Squid Game is well on track to become the most-watched Netflix show ever. It is the first Korean drama series to hit the No. 1 spot on Netflix, and it managed to achieve this milestone in just four days after its release.
Sarandos said in a statement: “Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world, for sure”, and there’s “a very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever.”
The streaming giant usually measures the popularity of their shows based on how many people watch at least two minutes of the series in the first 28 days after its release. The current most-watched show ever on Netflix is Bridgerton with over 82 million households tuning in during the first 28 days.