Skip to main content


South Korea, 2011 (MIFF 2012, Animation)

Director: Yuen Sang-ho


“Mightily provocative in its representation of human debasement, [Yeun Sang-ho's] satire on class inequality burns like acid.” - Hollywood Reporter

This provocative story follows the reunion between two men who reminisce about their school days when they were downtrodden “pigs” and subjected to unflinching brutality from the upper class “dogs” - until the arrival of a charismatic outsider.

Previously a subject that Japanese manga has cornered, this low-budget yet technically adept animation highlights a corrosive inequality in South Korean society. Shocking and disturbing yet also affecting, the film's stylistically sharp, masculine strokes help the pain and fury of these two damaged characters to leap off the screen.

A triple-award winner at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival.

“As allegorical in its animalistic imagery as Lord of the FliesThe King of Pigs announces the arrival of a raw, adult-oriented genre of independent animation in Korea.” - Hollywood Reporter

D/S Yuen Sang-ho P Cho Young-kag Dist Madman Entertainment L Korean w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011

See also...


More The King of Pigs (MIFF 2012) than Finding Nemo, Padak continues the confronting impulses of recent Korean animation. ... Writer/director Lee Dae-hee spent five years crafting this exquisite and ... More »


“A bracing experience for those who want animation to be more than 3D superheroics and anthropomorphic animal stories.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Alois Nebel is an isolated train dispatcher at a ... More »

The Country of Wolves

Developed as part of a project to preserve traditional Inuit folklore, Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves tells the story of a pair of brothers who stumble into a spirit land inhabited by ... More »

Captain Hu

Stranding his ship in the Alps, the misadventures of Captain Hu are brought to life with simple line animation. ... D/S Basil Vogt P Basil Vogt, Catherine Ann Berger WS Trickbüro L no dialogue TD ... More »

Bobby Yeah

A multiple award winner, Robert Morgan's (The Cat with Hands, MIFF 02) Bobby Yeah is a nightmarish claymation tale about a petty thug who kidnaps a bizarre creature and presses a button that he ... More »

It's Such A Beautiful Day

MIFF favourite Don Hertzfeldt (The Meaning of Life, MIFF 05; Billy's Balloon, MIFF 99), returns with this mixed-media stick figure animation about a man with acquired brain damage. Hertzfeldt's most ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director