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King of Pigs (돼지의 왕)

돼지의 왕 (Doae-ji-eui Wang)

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho (연상호)

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97min | Release date in South Korea :

"Hell, Two Lives", and "Love Is Protein" (from "Indie Anibox : Selma's Protein Coffee") director Yeon Sang-ho's first long animation, targeted to adults about the cruelty of reality and human nature.
Following on the success of "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild", which broke the box office record for Korean animation, selling over 2 million tickets, "King of Pigs" offers yet another kind of meaningful film in Korean animation history. Director Yeon Sang-ho has worked on his own since 1998 and made this, his feature debut, with a budget of only $150,000. Unlike most commercial animated films, it targets strictly adults, being a cruel thriller about two middle school friends reunited 15 years after graduation. The film reveals a shocking story of bitter doom and gloom and the grim visual style goes with it. Voice actorsí performances and animation work are impressive. The film also casts a serious and critical view on social issues as well. It goes without saying that Pig characters are the personification of us in the modern society. (JEON Chanil)


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  • [HanCinema's Videography] "King of Pigs": Violence

    There are many ways to comment on and cite literature, but moving images are harder to handled and quote. The history of cinematic thinking has long been tied to the shadow of literary concerns, taking its terms, theories and filtering them through audiovisual cues back to typographical symbols. Is there a way to articulate the themes, motifs, moments and magic found within films without relying on the power of the written word?,...More
  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame] "King of Pigs"

    In the Spotlight this Week: "King of Pigs" by Yeon Sang-ho Animations are often branded as innocent dreams for young minds, vivid characters whose sugar coatings are as sweet as their own happy ever afters. This approach to the genre is the rough rule if commercial success is your emerald city, however most animated features contain subtle themes and references that fully-fledged filmgoers can quietly tapped into and enjoy. This matured shadow is often muted and obviously understated, but in "King of Pigs"(2011) Yeon Sang-ho reclaims some territory from the penguins and hens and opens up his own slaughterhouse filled with poisoned placebos and animated anarchism. In "King of Pigs", Yeon inverts the comforts of animation's anthropomorphic rule, and instead favours a disturbing zoomorphism that captures some serious social issues that dwell deep within Korea's concrete jungles,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Talk] Class Warfare in "King of Pigs"

    In 2011, some friends and I were lucky enough to catch Yeon Sang-ho's animation thriller "King of Pigs" (2011) at a rather lonely independent screening house in Seoul. At the time the film was receiving a lot of positive feedback from those critics and fans that caught it, and since then it's become somewhat of a cult classic among animation cinephiles. The film made its world premiere at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), and it was the first Korean animation to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately the film fell short of breaking even at the local box office (selling just 19,366 tickets), but Yeon's macabre masterpiece was perhaps never really destined for a box office Miracle,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "King of Pigs": Zoomorphism and Class Warfare

    Yeon Sang-ho's gritty and disconcerting "King of Pigs" largely impressed at this years film festival in Busan, but not all offered up their praise for Yeon's hard-hitting and provocative efforts. Drawing from personal experience and working with a limited budget, Yeon has pieced together a fairly controversial film that will unsettle many in the audience. Its violent and distressing subject matter speaks through its sharp visuals, all the while disturbing and unnerving as it plays out the fate of three, extremely troubled, middle school friends,...More

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 Kim Il-kwon-I (김일권)
 Production department
 Yeon Sang-ho (연상호)
 Background creation
 Yeon Sang-ho (연상호)
 Yeon Sang-ho (연상호)
 Animation team
 Yeon Sang-ho (연상호)
 Character design
 Yeon Sang-ho (연상호)
 Yeon Sang-ho (연상호)
 Hong Deok-pyo (홍덕표)
 Drawing Manager
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97 min 
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Airing dates : 2011/11/03
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As of 2012.05.20 : 19†366 Admissions (total)
As of 2012.02.12 : 18,862 Admissions (total)
As of 2012.01.08 : 18,805 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.12.11 : 18,354 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.12.04 : 17,526 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.11.27 : 15,693 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.11.20 : 13,003 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.11.13 : 8 794 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.11.06 : 4,078 Admissions (total)

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I can wait to see this movie. >.
2012-05-20 20:06:05
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