Nongshim America INC

North American premiere
Selection 2022

The King of Pigs

Directed by Daejin Kim



Kim Dae-jin

Executive Producer

Youngkyu Kim


Jang Jung-do, Kyungkyu Kim


Tak Jae-young


Kim Sung-kyu, Kim Dong-wook, Chae Jeong-an


Studio Dragon (KOREA)

South Korea 2022 238 mins OV Korean Subtitles : English
Genre DramaThriller

A serial killer is on the loose. He leaves cryptic, violent crime scenes in his wake, even taking the liberty of directly addressing a homicide detective, Jong-suk (Kim Sung-kyu, HANSAN, KINGDOM), by identifying himself. The murderer is a childhood friend of the policeman. His name is Kyung-min (Kim Dong-wook, ALONG WITH THE GODS 1 and 2) and he targets those responsible for their misery when they were beaten, bullied, humiliated, and marginalized at school. He takes pleasure in murdering his former tormentors, and Jong-suk can't help but feel a little satisfaction. He must, however, stop the killer, but Kyun-gmin is always one step ahead of him and his colleagues. A moral dilemma nags at him, as well as a question that obsesses him: who are the real monsters?

The first animated feature from TRAIN TO BUSAN director Yeon Sang-ho made history at Fantasia. Indeed, THE KING OF PIGS won the very first Satoshi Kon Award and a special mention in the Best First Film competition in 2012. He now passes the torch to director Kim Dae-jin for this live-action adaptation of that work, which impresses not only with its narrative and visual qualities, but also with the violence and relevance of its discussion of school bullying, lifelong trauma, and class struggle. The story combines everything that has made South Korean television productions dominant in recent years with phenomena such as KINGDOM, SQUID GAME and DR. BRAIN. Combining social commentary and gore without making any concessions, it’s a visceral work that disturbs and imposes on the viewer a reflection that brings together different cultures. Carried by solid performances and flawless technique, THE KING OF PIGS is the first TV series to be presented by Fantasia. Don't miss this chance to see the first four episodes on the big screen. They will stay in your head for a long time. - Translation: Rupert Bottenberg