Director: Yeun Sang-ho
Stars: Yang Ik-june, Oh Jung-se, Kim Hye-na, Kim Kkot-bi
Animation is much different in the East. Where Hollywood sees cartoon films as fodder for Happy Meals and action figures, animated films in Asia are high art.
In 2011, the South Korean movie, The King of Pigs, hit theaters with the force of a sledgehammer. The movie is an ultra-violent piece of pop energy with a plot revolving around a vicious murder and the long-buried secrets of two men who were schoolboys, once.
Unlike typical anime fair, this isn't sci-fi, nor is it filled with cutesy boobs. Instead The King of Pigs owes much to films like Old Boy. It's hard hitting and, utterly different than what most people think of the medium. —JS