Dwae-ji-ui wang (The King of Pigs) (2013)
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Haunted by their troubled childhoods, Jung Jong-suk and Hwang Kyung-min reunite one evening and recall their school days spent attempting to avoid abuse by their classmates who relented only when made the subject of vicious attacks themselves.
Visually, it goes for etched simplicity, bolstered by appropriately shouty performances: the result is forthrightly in-your-face, culturally fascinating, but a tough watch.
Taking a realistically adult approach to bullying, this animated teen thriller from Korea is packed with provocative and sometimes moving observations even when it turns overly melodramatic at the end.
The thought-provoking storyline and attention to detail in the animation ensures King Of Pigs retains a strong dramatic wallop.
An uncompromising, hopeless depiction of a society corrupted by the idea of success as money and the brutal upholding of the hierarchical order it creates.
A little overwrought in the final scenes, The King Of Pigs is still visually impressive and thought-provoking animation for adults nonetheless.
What a shame the ending is predictable. With more care, this could have been a contender.
Backgrounds smoulder, and a kinetic manipulation of space facets The King of Pigs' frames. Its characters, however, remain flat.
relentlessly depressing but compelling & complex, The King of Pigs bears witness to a hidden legacy of oppression, violence & despair from which there can be no easy escape, & which reflects the hierarchies that continue to stratify Korean society.
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