The King of Pigs

  • 15
  • Yeon Sang-ho (2011)
  • S Kor (SUB)
  • 96 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Though it is an animation from the Far East, this brooding, adult-orientated Korean film is like little else from the region, eschewing the hypnotic visual-lullaby style of Hayao Miyazaki and the cool, big-eyed, pop-culture overload of many anime. Instead, director Yeon Sang-ho goes for something darker and more ragged - the animation itself has an edgy, punk sensibility, and the violence is harsh by any standards. Indeed, it begins with a murder. Having killed his wife in a moment of madness, bankrupt businessman Hwang Kyung-min seeks out his childhood friend Jung Jong-suk, now a struggling writer. Together they reminisce about their unhappy years at school, where they were dismissed as "pigs" by the ruling elite of wealthy jock "dogs", and recall how they suffered in silence until dropout schoolmate Kim Chul ("The King of Pigs") struck back on their behalf. Revenge is never pretty in much of Korean cinema, and an early shocking scene that sees one of the bullies whipped in the face by Chul's belt buckle sets the tone for the gritty, unflinching revelations that follow in this bleak urban drama.

Plot Summary

Animated drama from South Korea. A pair of former friends meet and look back on the bullying that marred their school days, and the boy who encouraged them to get revenge on their tormentors.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jung Jong-suk
Yang Ik-june
Hwang Kyung-min
Oh Jeong-se
Kim Chul
Kim Hye-na
Young Jung Jong-suk
Kim Kkobbi
Young Hwang Kyung-min
Park Hee-von

Crew

Director
Yeon Sang-ho

Other Information

Language: 
Korean +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Terracotta Distribution
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 25 Jan 2013
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Terracotta Distribution
Categories
Drama

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