On March 18th, the first and second episodes of the TVING series “The King of Pigs” were released. The drama is based on the same-named animation created by “Hellbound” director Yeon Sang-Ho. The first two episodes of “The King of Pigs” reveal why Hwang Kyung-min (Kim Dong-Wook) became a murderer.
Hwang Kyung-min’s childhood was marked by a string of violent events. He had a life where he was abused at home and bullied at school. In the middle school classroom, there was a hierarchical order with only bullies, those who enjoyed watching bullies, and bystanders. Because the classroom environment was so harsh, Hwang Kyung-min’s only friend, Jung Jong-seok (Kim Sung-Kyu), was unable to assist him.
A lot has changed in the last twenty years for Hwang Kyung-min, who had been depressed because of domestic violence and school violence. After meeting his wife, he seemed to be psychologically stable.
However, a group photo of a middle school student discovered in his home warehouse, along with a mysterious pig mask and a baseball, reawakened his trauma.
Worse, he had lost his beloved wife. Hwang Kyung-min begins his vengeance against the perpetrators of the school violence.
Detective Jung Jong-seok and his colleague Kang Jin-ah (Chae Jeong-An) went in search of Hwang Kyung-min. At the same time, they attempted to discover what had happened to him 20 years earlier.
While Jung Jong-seok was reminiscing about what happened 20 years ago, a message was discovered near the site where one of the middle school classmates who bullied Hwang Kyung-min was killed. The bloodied message says, “Jong-seok, do you remember when we were in middle school? You should be with us.” This implies that Hwang Kyung-min and Jung Jong-seok’s middle school memories played a role in the murder.
Furthermore, the identity of a mysterious pig that follows Hwang Kyung-min and encourages murder is being investigated.
It begs the question of whether he is Hwang Kyung-childhood min’s self-portrait or a new person influenced by his trauma.