After murdering his wife, Hwang Kyung-min, a businessman on the verge of bankruptcy, finds an old classmate, Jung Jong-suk, whom he hasn't seen for fifteen years. During a reunion dinner they look back on their school days, hiding their present situations. Back then there were class distinctions among the pupils. The elite students – 'The Dogs' – rich, successful and particularly cruel, exercised a reign of terror over the weaker, poorer students – 'The Pigs'.
Jong-suk and Kyung-min were powerless against the 'dogs'. When Kim Chul, one of their fellow pigs, stood up, he fast became their last hope to end the circle of fear. Fifteen years later, Chul remains a hero. But behind his figure, the two men recall the murky story of their bond and return to the site where the most shocking truth of what happened there is finally revealed.
The King of Pigs (Dwae-ji-ui wang) is an ultra-violent Korean animation set in a high-school world in which rich "dogs" rule over the "pigs". The film is directed by Yeun Sang-ho and stars the voices of familiar Korean actors, Yang Ik-june and Kim Kkobbi from the internationally acclaimed Breathless (Ddongpari). A festival favourite, this feature animation (aka Manwha) premiered at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival and has since played in various international festivals including the Director’s Fortnight 2012 making it the first animated Korean film to screen at the Festival de Cannes.
The King of Pigs was released theatrically in UK on January 2013.
Described by The Hollywood Reporter as a "shocking tale of teen violence that’s as allegorical as Lord of the Flies," The King of Pigs will be released on UK DVD on 13th May 2013 by Terracotta Distribution at the RRP of £14.99.