True crime is not a new phenomenon. In the 19th century, people would buy tickets to view public hangings, and in the 90s, more than 50 percent of the country sat down to watch the infamous trial of O.J. Simpson. Americans have an obsession with true crime, and this has greatly influenced the film and tourism industries.
Squid Game’s rise to fame has had fans eager for more Netflix Originals. A Korean wave spurred by the show has brought similar K-Dramas and movies to the screens of international subscribers. In this article, Eugene Jang explores the foundations of such originals and the disruptive nature of streaming services on the larger film industry.