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Monday, 1 February 2016

The King of Pigs (2011)

A South Korean animation that's as brutal and uncompromising as a lot of the country's live action output. It examines the hierarchy of violence that exists in the home of adults and in the classroom of children (middle school). The reasons for the behaviour are explored, such as fear, inadequacy, humiliation, etc, but it's up to the viewer to decide if any of them can be considered as justification. There's a class divide, too, that's relevant to some.
The story occasionally drags its heels and the animation quality dips from time to time, especially during scenes of characters walking, but there are enough powerful emotions and dramatic contrasts to make King of Pigs a worthwhile purchase for fans of Asian cinema. Just don't let the kiddies see it.

3½ real monsters out of 5

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