The King of Pigs

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    The King of Pigs

    Dae gi eui wang

    Directed by

    South Korea


    97 min

    • Korean


    Hwang Kyung-min, the thirties, on the verge of bankruptcy businessman and Jung Jong-suk, a prospective writer were classmates at a middle school. After Kyung-min killed his wife, he found his classmate, Jong-suk in fifteen years. They talk about their school days, but they are hiding that they are in a difficult situation now. In their school days, there were class distinctions among students. Jong-suk and Kyung-min called rich and good students ‘dogs’ and called other students who were suffering and got the go-by in the class ‘pigs’. In that tired life, there were a lot of unfair and upset affairs, but Jong-suk and Kyung-min couldn’t resist ‘dogs’. One day, Kim Chul appeared in front of them, and he fought against ‘dogs’ with his own vicious temper and power. Jong-suk and Kyung-min believed that he was only hope who liberated them from that situation. Jong-suk and Kyung-min meet in fifteen years and talk about Kim Chul, their hero in school days. Fifteen years ago, what happened between them and their hero?


    • Jury Prize - Dublin IFF
    • Special Award - Anirmau Animation FF
    • NETPAC Award, CGV Movie Collage Award, Best Director Award, Busan IFF
    • River Admiration Award - Silent River FF


    Ik-Joon Yang
    Jung-se Oh
    Hye-na Kim
    Sang-ho Yeun
    Yeun-jeong Lee
    Been Eom

    Director's Statement

    We live in the awful world where the haves have all and the have-nots lose all. We feel terrible, depressed and anger about this world, and we always dream the hero who resolves all the problems. But perhaps dreaming hero means that we lose our self-confidence and dump that problem on someone else. And perhaps if that hero exists, he could be who we make. I think that this hero is also human being, but do we wish he is just hero not human, and does this attitude make us unhappy more? I hope that those thoughts and feelings show in the violence in school.



    Ugly, pitiless, and mightily provocative in its representation of human debasement, this satire on class inequality burns like acid.

    Maggie Lee, The Hollywood Reporter

    Sangho Yeon

    Sangho Yeon

    South Korea

    I want to draw out the emotions expressively. That's why the story is more dramatic than most live-action films and why the characters look more monstrous.

    Born in Seoul, Korea, Sangho Yeon graduated from Sangmyung University with a degree in Western Painting and set up his own production house, Studio Dadashow, in 2004. His short animations, THE HELL: TWO KINDS OF LIFE (2006) and LOVE IS PROTEIN (2008), were invited to and awarded at various international film festivals. Yeon directed the animated opening trailer for Busan IFF in 2010. His first feature-length animation THE KING OF PIGS (2011) was the winner of three awards – the DGK Award, Movie Collage Award, and NETPAC Award – at the 16th Busan IFF and was invited to the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes 2012. His second animation feature film THE FAKE was presented at Toronto IFF along with Annecy IAFF. In 2016, he presented his live-action debut TRAIN TO BUSAN at Cannes IFF and returned to Annecy IAFF with SEOUL STATION.

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