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Animation: The King Of Pigs

The King Of Pigs (돼지의 왕; Dwaejiui wang) is a 2011 animated film from Korea. Failed businessman Kyung-min has just murdered his wife and decides to meet up with his best friend from middle school, struggling writer Jong-suk whom he hasn't seen in 15 years.

In middle school Jong-suk and Kyung-min were at the bottom of the pecking order as the 'pigs', constantly tormented by their richer classmates, the 'dogs'.

All this seemed to change when a new classmate Kim Chul arrived who stood up againtst the 'dogs'. He takes Jong-suk and Kyung-min under his tutelage becoming the titular 'King of the Pigs'.

Gradually it is revelaed what happened 15 years ago.


The film provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: The teachers are corrupt and implied to be on the rich kids side.
  • Animal Motifs: Pigs and dogs
  • Bad Ass: Kim Chul can take om multiple toughs by himself.
  • Bully Hunter: Kim Chul. Decontructed as his actions frequently only make things wore.
  • Disappeared Dad: Averted. Kim Chul and his mother find his fathers body in the morgue.
  • Driven to Suicide: Kyung-min. What seems to be the case with Kim Chul.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Jong-suk
  • Kids Are Cruel: Taken to disturbingly realistic heights.
  • The Reveal: Kim Chul wanted to commit suicide in public on graduation day to spite the bullies but couldn't go through with it. A desperate Jong-suk pushed him. Kyung-min was the only one who saw this. .
  • Son of a Whore: Kim Chul.

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