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Long overshadowed by Japanese anime, South Korea's angsty animation industry is no longer pulling its punches – as new film The King of Pigs graphically demonstrates

It's a sad fact that the biggest exposure for Korean animation came courtesy of Banksy in 2010, when his opening titles for The Simpsons wept blood for the poor downtrodden Asian artists toiling in sweatshops to draw the TV show on the cheap for Fox. Banksy was operating in his usual sloganeeringly simplified moral universe – raw animation for The Simpsons has been partly done at Seoul's Akom studio since 1989: hardly a sweatshop – but he did spotlight the fact that Korean animation is mainly known for what it has done on behalf of others.

Next to the precinct-stomping, laser-eyed behemoth that is its Japanese uncle (worth nearly a quarter of a billion in international sales in 2005) the Korean industry seemed to have settled for second-class status: »

- Phil Hoad

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