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The King of Pigs (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Animation | Yeon Sang Ho (Director)
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After killing his wife in a fit of rage, bankrupt businessman Kyung Min meets up with his old classmate, struggling writer Jong Suk, and they reminisce about their middle school days. Back then, they were the "pigs" at the bottom of the pecking order, angry losers who couldn't even fight back - until the day Chul Yi appeared to lead them. But what exactly happened to Chul Yi 15 years ago? Are men any better than beasts? Yeon Sang Ho's first feature-length animation The King of Pigs hits hard with haunting imagery and the cruel reality of human nature. Winner of the DGK Award, Movie Collage Award, and NETPAC Award at the 2011 Busan Film Festival and screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

This edition comes with commentary, making-of, sketch gallery, trailer, and other special features.

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Product Title: The King of Pigs (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 豬玀之王 (DVD) (首批限量版) (韓國版) 猪猡之王 (DVD) (首批限量版) (韩国版) 豚の王 (DVD) (初回限定版) (韓国版) 돼지의 왕 (DVD) (초회한정판) (한국판)
Also known as: 豬之王 / 一輩子豬玀 猪之王 / 一辈子猪猡
Artist Name(s): Animation 動畫 动画 アニメーション 만화영화
Director: Yeon Sang Ho 延尚浩 延尚浩 Yeon Sang Ho 연상호
Release Date: 2012-09-17
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Publisher: Art Service
Other Information: 1-Disc
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031388031

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돼지의 왕 (DVD) (초회한정판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic widescreen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 2.0
-Commentary by 감독 연상호, 조영각 프로듀서, 허지웅 영화평론가
-스튜디오 다다쇼(메이킹)
-스케치 갤러리
-티저 예고편

*Director: 연상호

-대한민국 애니메이션 최초, 잔혹 스릴러 [돼지의 왕]!
-한국 장편 애니메이션 사상 최초 칸 영화제 초청작
-2011 부산국제영화제 무비꼴라주상, 최우수감독상, 넷팩상 수상
-그 어떤 영화보다도 세고 강렬하다.
-성우보다 실감나는 양익준, 오정세의 생생한 날 것의 목소리 연기!
-독특한 발상과 거침없는 스토리로 주목 받아온 독립 애니메이션의 선두주자 연상호 감독

아내를 죽인 남자 vs 세상에 분노한 남자
이들이 다시 만나다!

회사의 CEO인 ‘경민(목소리 오정세)’은 부도 후 자신의 분을 참지 못하고 아내마저 살인, 자신의 현실을 뒤로 한 채 중학교 동창이었던 ‘종석(목소리 양익준)’을 불현듯 찾아 나선다. 소설가가 되지 못해 자서전 대필작가로 근근히 먹고 사는 종석은 15년 만에 찾아온 경민의 방문에 당황하고, 이들은 지금의 현실과 감추고 싶었던 자신의 과거에 대해 하나 둘씩 꺼내놓기 시작한다.

이들 앞에 펼쳐진 15년 전 그날,
그 끔찍한 이야기가 다시 시작된다!

중학생 시절, 학교에서 권력을 지닌 패거리들은 나약한 성격과 작은 체구를 지닌 경민과 종석을 무시하고 끊임없이 괴롭힌다. 하루하루 끔찍한 학교생활을 하던 이들에게 갑자기 등장한 철이(목소리 김혜나), 단숨에 패거리들을 제압하고 이후 철이는 경민과 종석의 우상이 된다. 하지만 철이는 패거리들과의 불미스러운 일로 퇴학을 당하고, 이에 극단적인 방법으로 복수를 결심하게 된다.

그로부터 15년이 지난 오늘, 오랜만에 종석과 마주한 경민은 그와 함께 학창시절을 보낸 교정으로 데려가 철이에 대한 충격적인 마지막 진실을 털어놓으려 한다. 이들 사이에 숨겨진 마지막 이야기는 무엇일까?
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Professional Review of "The King of Pigs (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

September 25, 2012

South Korea isn't a country traditionally associated with animation, with only a few films like Wonderful Days or the recent kiddie flick Leafie, a Hen into the Wild having gained widespread releases. As such, The King of Pigs, the first feature from director Yeon Sang Ho, is immediately of interest, having won the DGK, Movie Collage and NETPAC awards at the 2011 Busan Film Festival and having screened at Fantasia in 2012 and in the Directors' Fortnight section at Cannes. Though revolving around high school memories, the film is a very adult piece of animation, dealing with the darker elements of human nature and shining a harsh light on the often brutal hierarchies of Korean society.

The film starts off in shocking fashion, with 30-something businessman Kyung Min (voiced by Oh Jung Se and by Park Hee Bon when younger) sitting naked in his flat after apparently having strangled his wife. He receives a phone call from a detective agency he had hired, giving him the number of his old classmate Jong Suk (voiced by Yang Ik June, writer, director and star of 2008's stunning Breathless, and by actress Kim Kkobbi as a child), who he has been trying to track down after being apart for 15 years. Jong Suk, a wife beating journalist and failed novelist, agrees to get together, and the two men reminisce about their schooldays, when they were seen as 'pigs', losers right at the bottom of the hierarchical system ruled over by the class 'dogs'. The two had suffered greatly at the hands of bullies, until meeting another student called Chul Yi, who maintained that the only way to survive was to beat the dogs at their own game by becoming a monster.

The King of Pigs is dark, dark stuff, and despite its premise is nothing like the kind of violent revenge or nerd payback thriller that might be expected, Yeon Sang Ho aiming instead for something infinitely more bleak and troubling. Without wishing to give things away, the film goes to some very tough places, its opening scenes quite correctly suggesting that nothing is likely to work out well for any of the characters. Thankfully, all this grimness is held together by an engaging story and characters, Yeon managing to generate gripping drama and suspense and making good use of the flashback structure, skilfully jumping between past and present without ever feeling too manipulative. The pigs/dogs metaphor is fitting, and though at times the film can be a touch heavy handed, its portrait of classroom hierarchy and the brutality of its regime presents an effective microcosm of Korean society. Men as beasts is very much the main theme, and though the film is focused rather than abstract, Yeon never offers any answers or even much hope, something which might make it a bit hard going and depressing for some viewers.

The film's style is very far removed from the usual Japanese anime look of most Asian animation, Yeon having attempted to show more realistic faces and settings, albeit with more than a touch of grotesquery. The film was obviously a fairly low budget affair, and much of the animation is fairly simple, with basic backgrounds and limited, sometimes stilted movements, though this actually works well, making its sudden flashes of rage and violence more surprising and awful. Yeon also works in some pretty horrific visions and dream sequences, some of which are genuinely unsettling and go some way to further illustrating the damaged minds of the characters.

Though probably not for everyone, The King of Pigs is a highly accomplished piece of work and a rare example of truly adult animation in the strictest sense of the word. Harsh and hopeless, yet at the same time painfully human, it marks an impressive debut for Yeon Sang Ho and will hopefully lead to more of the same from the Korean industry.

by James Mudge -

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