THE KING OF PIGS (DWAE-JI-UI WANG)

Directed by: Sang-ho Yeun 2011 | 97 min.

Section: Spotlight on Korea

Premiere: Hawaii


Synopsis

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This dark and wrenching Korean animated film about school bullying tells the story of disturbed former childhood friends Kyung-Min and Jong-Suk, who reconnect as adults the night Kyung-Min kills his wife, and spend the evening reliving the torment they suffered in middle school.  Secrets are revealed and loyalties shift as they reminisce about their friend Chul, the only kid crazy enough to stand up to the endless chain of "dogs" who preyed on the "pigs" at the bottom of the school's social heap.  

This is no uplifting story of heroic youth--Chul certainly inspired the boys with his scorched-earth defense of their dignity, but his methods ranged from the illegal to the sociopathic, and the men still nurse the many wounds of their childhood.  As the night draws closer to its terrible finale, Kyung-Min's secret agenda starts taking shape, and the curtain is pulled back to show that the whole world is a vicious circle of pigs and dogs feeding on each other--the bullying at school is just a reflection of a societal problem, and every victim is someone else's tormentor eventually.  Nihilistic, brutal, and sobering as the film is, one can't help but feel for the damaged, demented adults these children inevitably became.

Synopsis written by: Sat Freedman

Screenings

Monday, October 15 9:00 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed
Tuesday, October 16 6:15 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Sang-ho Yeun
Screenwriter Sang-ho Yeun
Producer Young-kag Cho
Cast Hye-na Kim , Kkobbi Flowerain Kim , Jung-se Oh , Hee-von Park , Ik-Joon Yang

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