From the mind of the man who brought the world the visual social commentary of Snowpiercer comes yet another film sure to divide audiences into camps of either annoyance or elation. Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja doesn’t hit Netflix for a few weeks, but here’s the synopsis:
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.
And here are the character posters, courtesy of Screenrant:
As you can see from the quirky color grading and the unusual typography, each character is rendered uniquely.
Also, and not lost on the viewer, Joon Ho’s rather trademark commentary on capitalism, as viewed from the discerning eyes of the South Korean director, seems intact and as sharp this time around as it was for his celebrated social diatribe Snowpiercer.
Okja will hit Netflix June 28, 2017.