The King of Pigs (Dae-gi-eui Wang)
- South Korea
- 1h 37min
- Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho
- Written by: Yeon Sang-Ho
- Cast: Ik-june Yang, Jeong-se Oh, Hye-na Kim, Hee-von Park, Kkobbi Kim
- Language: Korean
- UK release: 25 January 2013
Hwang Kyung-min murders his wife and then meets a friend he hasn't spoken to since his schooldays, when they were both bullied. Yeon's film confronts the cruelty of children while angrily critiquing a rigidly hierarchical society. Despite the overwrought tone of the final scenes, it carries an impressive dramatic wallop.
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This dark and gritty animation portrays the brutal world of school bullying as the starting point for a lifelong perpetuation of the instinct for violent revenge. Haunted by their troubled childhoods, Jung Jong-suk (Yang Ik-june) and Hwang Kyung-min (Oh Jung-se) reunite one evening and recall their school days spent attempting to avoid abuse by their classmates who relented only when made the subject of vicious attacks themselves. Director Yeon Sang-ho has created a startling adult animation examining inequalities of class, gender and gang hierarchies.
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Reviews & features
The King of Pigs25 Jan 2013
Korean adult animation with a thought-provoking storyline and great attention to detail
The first feature from award-winning shorts director Yeon Sang-ho has a visual look reminiscent of a Studio Ghibli production allied to a narrative in the classic film noir manner. Bankrupt businessman Hwang Kyung-min murders his wife and then reaches…
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