This is snortingly good and perhaps pink-facedly fabulous news… ‘The King of Pigs’ gets its UK Theatrical Release.
It’s on the 25th January 2013!
Following the film’s Press Screening a week before, each one of you will have the chance to witness this movie from the 25th January.
Not am I only excited because I’ve seen it – at the London Korean Film Festival 2012 – but because it is the very project which one of its ‘stars’ (KIM Kkobbi) talked to me about in 2011 INTERVIEW with her. Incidentally, if by the time you read this post there is not a Mini Mini review of the film, do not worry as it will be up very soon.
‘THE KING OF PIGS’
by YEUN Sang-ho
“Ugly, pitiless, and mightily provocative in its representation of human debasement, this satire on class inequality burns like acid.” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“..with undeniable fury and a good measure of intelligence” – VARIETY
THE KING OF PIGS’ (Dwae-ji-ui wang) is an ultra-violent Korean animation set in a high-school world in which rich “dogs” rule over the “pigs”.The film is directed by Yeun Sang-ho and stars the voices of familiar Korean actors, Yang Ik-june and Kim Kkobbi from the internationally acclaimed ‘BREATHLESS’ (released by Terracotta Distribution in 2009).
A festival favourite, this feature animation (aka Manwha) premiered at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival and has since played in various international festivals including the Director’s Fortnight 2012 making it the first animated Korean film to screen at the Festival de Cannes.
Not only will ‘THE KING OF PIGS’ will be released theatrically in the UK from 25th January this will be followed by the DVD in March 2013:
After murdering his wife, a businessman on the verge of bankruptcy, Hwang Kyung-min, finds an old classmate, Jung Jong-suk whom he hasn’t seen for fifteen years. During a reunion dinner they look back on their school days, hiding their present situations.
Back then there were class distinctions among the pupils. The elite students – ‘The Dogs’ – rich, successful and particularly cruel, exercised a reign of terror over the weaker, poorer students – ‘The Pigs’.
Jong-suk and Kyung-min were powerless against the ‘dogs’. When Kim Chul, one of their fellow pigs, stood up, he fast became their last hope to end the circle of fear.
Fifteen years later, Chul remains a hero. But behind his figure, the two men recall the murky story of their bond and return to the site where the most shocking truth of what happened there is finally revealed.
Cast and Crew
Cast features voices of: YANG Ik-june (as JUNG Jong-suk), OH Jeong-se (as HWANG Kyung-min), KIM Hye-na (as KIM Chul), KIM Kkobbi (as young JUNG Jong-suk), PARK Hee-von (as young HWANG Kyung-min)
Director/Screenwriter: YEUN Sang-ho was born in Seoul, Korea in 1978. After graduating from Sangmyung University with a degree in Painting, he made a series of short films targeted at adults: D-DAY (2000), THE HELL (2003), THE HELL: TWO KINDS OF LIFE (2006) and LOVE IS PROTEIN (2008). THE KING OF PIGS is his first feature.
Plus…Production: The King of Pigs Production Committee. Co-production: Studio Dadashow Original Character: CHOI Gyu-seok/ Character Design: YEUN Sang-ho, KIM Chang-soo Art Director: WOO Je-keun Editor: YEUN Sang-ho, LEE Yeun-jeong Festivals Official selection at Directors’ Fortnight Festival de Cannes 2012, 16th Busan Int’l FF, Leeds FF, London Korean FF, Terracotta Festival UK tour, Fantasia Int’l FF Canada, 59th Sydney FF (Official Competition), 17th Los Angeles FF, 66th Edinburgh Int’l FF (Competition), 10th Festival Paris Cinema (Competition), 11th New York Asian FF. Winner: Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation, New Flesh Award for Best First Feature. And…?
About Terracotta Distribution:
Committed to bringing quality and entertaining Far East films to the UK.
Releases by Terracotta Distribution include the multi-award winning Breathless directed by Yang Ik-june, Johnnie To’s Sparrow. A newly launched imprint label TERROR-COTTA, devoted to Asian horror and thrillers.
Terracotta also run the Terracotta Far East Film Festival which is an annual event aiming to widen the audience for Far Eastern film in the UK. This year’s 4th edition ran from 12th-15th April 2012.
Not only is mine – and others – admiration for Terracotta and the titles released, festivals held, unique-to UK Special Edition items & indeed affordably priced goods, they also hold the odd – or not so ‘odd’ – one-off events.
Yes, it seems that the guys at Terracotta are never satisfied with having enough on their plate. They always want more… or rather, they always want to ‘give’ more!
Terracotta seem to give so much to the Asian-cinema-hungry audience, whilst asking for very little in return. Many feel that their marketing skills and event programming is second to none.
As an example of events, the guys at Terracotta hold a monthly, or bi-monthly ‘Secret’ Asian Movie Meet-up – which is usually in conjunction with that other reputable distributor, Third Window Films. These events often show the audience a yet-to-be-released Asian film, or one of their favourites – therefore, these occasions can be an exciting affair, with the audience being both surprised and often given an ‘exclusive’ screening. Speaking from experience, these nights – although sometimes weekend afternoons – are a lot of fun, where one can drink, chat and of course WATCH!
Again, Terracotta Distribution [along with Third Window Films] pull out all the stops and usually make this a FREE event!
And… Now… ‘Terracotta Film Club’ also starts!!
Indeed. At the Prince Charles Cinema, and from this very month of January Terracotta Distribution launch a monthly film screening residency at this legendary cult cinema in London. The “Terracotta Film Club” aims to keep Asian films in cinemas, via showing a mix of both classics and new releases, and to introduce the next generation of film fans to Asian cinema.
But that’s enough of the TERRACOTTA STORY.
Further details of Terracotta Distribution – the company behind the Terracotta Far East Film Festival & Terracotta Touring Festival – and that other Asian film favourite, Third Window Films are below. However, before you rush to clickety-click-away I’d like to use this space to mention the mindless riots experienced here in the UK in 2011. Did you know that these riots caused hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages and loss to our favourite independent film distributors? These are, essentially… Arrow Films, Artifical Eye, The BFI, Crabtree Films, Cine-Asia, Dogwoof Films, Exposure Cinema, Eureka, Kaleidoscope Films, Left Films, Masters of Cinema, Metrodome Films, New Wave Films, Peccadillo Pictures, Revolver Entertainment, Showbox Home Entertainment, Terracotta, Third Window Films and Warp Films.
So, with the latter in mind it is even more important to spread the word, virally about these unfortunate vendors. On that note I leave you with these links… all which will, in some way assist in keeping such films to be distributed here in the so-called land of milk & honey.
Thanks for your support… in every way.
See You Later, L’asia or That’s all, Filks*!
I’ll just leave you with the fabulous trailer for the event where I witnessed this Cartoon Classic!
* Filks. A combination of Film and Folks.