The King of Pigs

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The King of Pigs
The King of Pigs poster.jpg
Directed by Yeon Sang-ho
Produced by Stanley Kwak
Kim Il-gwon
Cho Young-kag
Chae Su-jin
Written by Yeon Sang-ho
Music by Eom Been
Edited by Yeon Sang-ho
Lee Yeon-jeong
Studio Dadashow
KT&G Sangsangmadang
Release date
Running time
97 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$150,000
Box office US$124,068[1]

The King of Pigs (Hangul돼지의 왕; RRDwae-ji-ui wang) is a 2011 South Korean animated drama film based on a true story, directed by Yeon Sang-ho.[2] It won three awards at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival.[3] The film was selected to be screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5] One primary trait of the film is that its events are based on actual accounts, accurately depicted down to every last detail.



After his business goes bankrupt, thirty-something Kyung-min (Oh Jung-se) kills his wife impulsively. Hiding his anger, he seeks out his former middle school classmate Jong-suk (Yang Ik-june). Jong-suk now works as a ghostwriter for an autobiography, but he dreams of writing his own novel. For the first time in 15 years they meet. Kyung-min and Jong-suk both hide their own current situations and begin to talk about their middle school days.

At their middle school, they were classified by their wealth, grades as well as stature. Kyung-min and Jong-suk were at the bottom. They were called "pigs" and were bullied by a ruling class known as "dogs". When they were called pigs they got angry, but couldn't do anything against the dogs. Then a King of Pigs appears - Kim Chul (Kim Hye-na). Kyung-min and Jong-suk became to rely on Kim Chul.

Whilst in the present Kyung-min leads Jong-suk to their middle school grounds to disclose to Jong-suk the shocking truth about what happened to Chul 15 years ago.


Maggie Lee of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that while the film contains a high level of stylised violence, "it is not an artistic exercise. Pain is represented as something very real, enough to make one wince. ... The King of Pigs captures many subtle class gradations in Korean society and shows how it corrupts human interaction." Lee also wrote: "Technically adept and highly cinematic in its storytelling, the US$150,000 production proves that it is still possible to produce quality animation with a modest budget."[6] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian awarded the film four stars out of five, and called it "a strangely gripping and upsetting movie."[7]

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  1. ^ "King of Swine". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  2. ^ Kim, Seong-hoon (16 May 2012). "Korean Films at Cannes 2012 - The King of Pigs". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  3. ^ Schwankert, Steven (14 October 2011). "Busan International Film Festival Wraps with New Currents, Flash Forward Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  4. ^ Leffler, Rebecca. "Cannes 2012: Michel Gondry’s 'The We & The I' to Open Director's Fortnight". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  5. ^ "2012 Selection". Directors' Fortnight. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  6. ^ Lee, Maggie (7 December 2011). "The King of Pigs: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  7. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (24 January 2013). "The King of Pigs - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 

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