Renowned South Korean composer Jung Jae-il, celebrated for his diverse musical talents, has had a significant impact on both the world of cinema and his own musical projects. Jung’s compositions have played a pivotal role in two exceptional works of art: the gripping series “Squid Game” and the thought-provoking film “Parasite.” “Squid Game,” directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, emerged as a global sensation on Netflix in September 2021, captivating audiences worldwide with its relentless intensity. This battle royale-style show featured a compelling and brutal concept, garnering over 142 million household viewers in its initial four weeks. It’s fascinating to note that Jung’s music for “Squid Game” employs a diverse array of instruments, including children’s instruments like recorders, castanets, and traditional Korean instruments, culminating in a unique and unsettling soundtrack. These choices were not mere whims but products of thoughtful planning, as Jung wanted to convey the show’s unusual and unsettling aspects.

In addition to his work on “Squid Game,” Jung also contributed to the acclaimed film “Parasite,” directed by Bong Joon-ho. This groundbreaking film achieved four Oscar wins and notably became the first non-English-language movie to win the Best Picture award. Jung’s incorporation of baroque music in the film’s score added depth to the story’s themes of class disparity, humor, and tension, showcasing his creative process that often involves spontaneous improvisation. Beyond his contributions to the screen, Jung’s latest album, “Listen,” is a piano-based project that delves into themes of humanity, nature, and the importance of listening. His skillful use of instruments and emotive cinematic strings in this album conveys powerful emotions. Overall, Jung Jae-il’s compositions resonate with audiences worldwide, cementing his status as a musical polymath in the realm of art and entertainment.