Film Reviews, Short Review

돼지의 왕 [The King of Pigs] (2011)

3.5/4

This is some heavy shit. A strange, surrealistic animation about two old school friends who meet up to discuss the awful bullying they endured during their school days, as well as a mutual friend of theirs, a loner from a disadvantaged background who fought back against the bullies. The King of Pigs is almost never-endingly bleak, and although the animation doesn’t always work, it does come into its own during a few genuinely creepy later sequences. Furthermore, the film’s bleakness works because it allows us to understand why its characters are so hurt and damaged; their strictly hierarchical school world, in which the film openly connects the brutally arrogant well-off students with systems of capitalistic oppression, appears an environment that few would survive unscathed.

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