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The King of Pigs

The King of Pigs
Dwae-ji-ui wang
Ultra-violent animation set in a high-school world in which rich "dogs" rule over the "pigs"
Film Summary
Yeon Sang-ho
Features voices of Yang Ik-june (Breathless), Kim Kkobbi (Breathless), Oh Jung-se, Kim Hye-na
(English subtitles)
South Korea
Film Main Info
After murdering his wife, a businessman on the verge of bankruptcy, Hwang Kyung-min, finds an old classmate, Jung Jong-suk whom he hasn't seen for fifteen years. During a reunion dinner they look back on their school days, hiding their present situations. Back then there were class distinctions among the pupils. The elite students - 'The Dogs’ - rich, successful and particularly cruel, exercised a reign of terror over the weaker, poorer students - 'The Pigs'. Jong-suk and Kyung-min were powerless against the ‘dogs’. When Kim Chul, one of their fellow pigs, stood up, he fast became their last hope to end the circle of fear. Fifteen years later, Chul remains a hero. But behind his figure, the two men recall the murky story of their bond and return to the site where the most shocking truth of what happened there is finally revealed.
Official selection at Directors’ Fortnight Festival de Cannes 2012.
Won Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation, New Flesh Award for Best First Feature.
66th Edinburgh Int'l Film Festival (Competition)
Leeds Film Festival, London Korean Film Festival, Fantasia Int'l Film Festival Canada
"... you’ll want to see it at least twice" - SIGHT & SOUND
“It's bleak, and on that level and others rightly comparable to Oldboy” - EYE FOR FILM
"Ugly, pitiless, and mightily provocative in its representation of human debasement, this satire on class inequality burns like acid." – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“with undeniable fury and a good measure of intelligence” - VARIETY
"A violent Korean anime with real teeth." - EMPIRE 4 stars
"...culturally fascinating, but a tough watch." - TIMEOUT 3 stars
"...a forceful, uncompromising sucker-punch of a movie" - TWITCH
“...very well-made, fascinating...” - THE GUARDIAN 4 stars
"The King of Pigs rules." - LITTLE WHITE LIES
Cinema Listings: 
Domestic theatrical release on Friday 25 January 2013
DVD Info
DVD Release Date: 
May 13th 2013
DVD Special Features: 
Making Film for Dubbing, Interview with Actors
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