A new trailer for Bong Joon-ho’s latest flick Okja, has hit. Check it out immediately below:
Bong, who is best known for The Host and Snowpiercer, is not a director who is afraid of big, unconventional ideas. With Okja the Korean auteur is tackling issues of consumerism, animal rights, the environment and corporate greed. In theory, that’s a bit much for one movie to tackle, but Bong has a remarkable talent for taking concepts and themes you wouldn’t think would work together and creating something extraordinary in the process.
Here’s the official synopsis:
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) 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 (Tilda Swinton) 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.
Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises-the bond between man and animal-and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the world that addresses the animal inside us all.
Okja is a Plan B Entertainment, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company production in association with Netflix.
The film stars An Seo Hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Byun Heebong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
My take: looks like an excellent fucking film that tackles large issues while weaving into the plot and stellar acting deftly-rendered CGI as the titular character. Definitely one of Bong Joon-ho’s finer efforts, imo, and reminds me greatly of Ghibli films in a live-action frame.