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Reviewed by marcosibanezodonnell GB / Joined marcosibanezodonnell 2014
The King of Pigs
The King of Pigs
The King of Pigs
South Korea, 2011, 97 minutes, SD Animation, Thriller, Asian, Teen
It is always refreshing to talk about anime that is not from Japan. There is a whole world out there, and Korean animators have proven to have a strong voice to tell stories through animation. And a director like Sang-Ho Yeon has a lot to say.

"The king of pigs" brings a violent depiction of Korean youth, defined by day-to-day bullying in school, the use of constant swearing and the lack of authority that tend to lead these astray kids into a not-so-promising future. There is a growing inner violence in the kids from the film, the supposedly future of Korea, that is constantly repressed and, as expected, eventually surfaces. This intimidating violence makes this film an uncomfortable one, but it also makes a powerful social statement on the worrying matter of education in South Korea, just as Yeon would do again with "The fake", another powerful statement on South Korea's countryside and religious cults. "The King of Pigs" is a promising debut, followed by an even better follow up, putting the director under the radar (and very much deserved so) and proving that the Japanese are not only ones to look up to when it comes to animation.
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