Dwae-ji-ui wang

2011 [KOREAN]

Animation / Drama / Thriller

7
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 1355

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Korean 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 36 min
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Korean 5.1
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23.976 fps
1 hr 36 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Red-Barracuda 9 / 10

Deeply troubling and excellent South Korean animation

The King of Pigs is certainly not an animated feature for kids. Despite the story being about the school life of a group of boys, this is a very bleak and disturbing story. It begins in the way that it means to go on with us being introduced to the two central characters. Both are now around the age of thirty, and both clearly have extreme issues. Jong-suk is a wife-beating journalist who has aspirations of becoming a novelist; while Kyung-min is a failed businessman who we are led to believe has murdered his wife just prior to the story beginning. The two men meet in a café and discuss their schooldays. They have never even spoken in fifteen years, since an incident at school. The rest of the story is told in flashback, returning to the men periodically and ending with them after a very surprising twist.

The boys were the victims of systematic bullying. A hierarchal society existed where the weak were known as the pigs and the bullies, the dogs. The teachers actively encouraged the situation as a way of controlling the school in a brutal regimented manner. Only that it would have worked seamlessly was it not for a boy called Chul. This mysterious loner stood fearlessly up to the bullies and simply combated them with far greater levels of violence. He became the King of Pigs and was the saviour of the downtrodden. However, he had a real darkness within him, and a tragic family life. The film's trajectory hurtles towards a depressing conclusion.

I found this South Korean animation very moving and involving. Unlike Japanese anime I have seen, this feature is not afraid to depict the characters with real Asian faces. The world the characters live in feels like a real South Korean place. This focus on realism is to the film's huge credit. This means that the carefully chosen fantasy moments that occur within the film have more impact, such as the dead cat that mocks the boys in hallucinations; it was an animal they brutally killed. It has to be said that The King of Pigs is a very dark and troubling story about bullying and the way it can shape lives forever. It's a cartoon that allows the viewer to think, it does not spell out the intricacies of its protagonist's inner minds. We are allowed to work out for ourselves much of what we see. It really is a cartoon that actually lives up to the adult label. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by patryk-czekaj 7 / 10

Terribly effective anime film

A haunting, hard-hitting animation about the problem of class struggle in South Korea and its disastrous connection to bullying. With its nightmarish art direction, it stimulates many radical emotions in the viewer, assaulting him with a most sombre tale of an atrocious past.

Two men struggling with domestic issues of their own meet after 15 years and reminisce about their extremely difficult school days. Their childhood was gradually being destroyed because of the ongoing, enormous and brutal pressure from the rich kids who ruled the school-grounds and often resolved to in-class violence. The fact that everybody around pretends that this horrible activity didn't even exist only made the whole issue worse and caused the richer kids to be even more confident of their impunity. The boys' last and only hope was their brave yet ferocious classmate Chul. He proved to be the only kid who wasn't afraid to stand up against the terror and tried to fight back using even more violence than his oppressors. Without any help from the outside the three friends came up with a most shocking plan - Chul will commit a public suicide. Without any hope for a brighter future they though of this extreme scheme as they only means to notifying the impassive adults about the horrible incidents that occur behind the school walls everyday.

Apart from evaluating the boys' decisions and presenting their differing viewpoints on the situation - and on what's about to happen - the film also reveals a grand mystery in its final act.

The plot is inspired by the director's dream, where his two friends decide to commit suicide as a revenge act for all the evil that's happened to them in the past.

The King of Pigs is a mightily dark and obscure anime, where horrible reality merges with confusing visions, only to deliver a stupendously convincing message to the Korean nation. Through the story of two men it shows that many childhood traumas have terrible lifelong effects. Memories are deceiving, but they play an important role in determining how people cope with their lives.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10

Dark, unwieldy, profound

THE KING OF PIGS is a darker-than-dark South Korean anime detailing that country's social hierarchy and its effect on bullying in high schools. It's an extremely depressing piece of film-making, with no happy endings or answers to the many questions posed throughout; at the same time, it's rather a profound piece of work, and one which pays off as completely rewarding to the viewer who invests his or her time in it.

The story is a straightforward, high school-themed tale about a couple of poor kids who find themselves victimised by the rich older students. Into the chaos comes Chul, a guy who believes that one should become a monster in order to take down the bigger monsters. What transpires is never less than gripping, as it involves you in an increasingly dark and twisted tale.

I wasn't too fond of the basic animation here, although it brings favourably to mind the likes of ANIMAL FARM (and LORD OF THE FLIES is an obvious precursor to this story). The voice acting is also a little shrill for my tastes, but despite all this, THE KING OF PIGS is electrifying viewing thanks to the compelling, unique storytelling.

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