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Okja (2017)

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A young girl risks everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend - a fascinating beast named Okja.

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Bong Joon Ho (as Joon-ho Bong)

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Bong Joon Ho (screenplay by) (as Joon-ho Bong), Jon Ronson (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Lucy Mirando / Nancy Mirando
Sheena Kamal Sheena Kamal ... Stylist 2007 / 2017
Michael Mitton ... Make-up Artist 2007
Colm Hill ... Sarcastic British Reporter
Kathryn Kirkpatrick ... Epicurean Reporter
Jose Carias Jose Carias ... Señor Villacorta
Giancarlo Esposito ... Frank Dawson
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Johnny Wilcox
Nancy Amelia Bell Nancy Amelia Bell ... Elderly Reporter (as Nancy Bell)
Seo-hyun Ahn ... Mija (as An Seo Hyun)
Jeong-eun Lee ... Okja's Voice / Woman in Wheelchair (as Jungeun Lee)
Hee-Bong Byun Hee-Bong Byun ... Hee Bong (as Byun Heebong)
Jaein Kim Jaein Kim ... Young Mija
Je-mun Yun ... Mundo Park (as Yoon Je Moon)
Shirley Henderson ... Jennifer
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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... Written by Netflix

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South Korea | USA

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English | Korean | Spanish

Release Date:

28 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,049,823
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Dolby Atmos

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2.39 : 1
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Okja's face design was modeled after a manatee. See more »

Goofs

Frank Dawson makes a cup of coffee by dropping a Keurig k pod into espresso machine portafilter, instead of adding coffee grounds and tamping. A tray of coffee pods can be seen while Frank is steaming milk. See more »

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[first lines]
Lucy Mirando: [to camera while descending industrial stairway] Oh, thank you! What a terrific crowd! Welcome to my inauguration! I'm Lucy, Lucy Mirando, of the Mirando Corporation. Welcome to my grandfather's old factory. Now, I know, we all know, that Grandpa Mirando was a terrible man.
[crowd laughs]
Lucy Mirando: We know of the atrocities he committed in this space. We know these walls are stained with the blood of fine working men. But today, I reclaim this space, to tell you a beautiful story. Now the ...
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A Evaristo Carriego
Written by Eduardo Rovira (as Eduardo Oscar Rovira)
Performed by Osvaldo Pugliese
Courtesy of Philips Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Okja is a satirical take on corporate capitalism.
1 July 2017 | by robbieclaravallSee all my reviews

Outright and audacious, Bong Joon-Ho's Netflix feature Okja might be one of the funniest films about animal and industry abuse that I'll ever see. Combining a proper sense of quirkiness and wit, the film's clever message resonated through me even after watching it. I wouldn't call it a piece of vegetarian propaganda, though I can see why people find it too preachy to be entertaining. For me, this film is more of a portrait of political cinema, on how the cycle of abuse works in the industry, and how the corporation has two faces: the smiling, jubilant heads they show to the public and the dirty, notorious brains they have, grabbing for money, behind the screen.

It isn't so much as an anti-meat film despite some of the plot points presented (even with an inclusion of an Animal Liberation Front group). The subject of the film is this super-pig hybrid which is supposed to serve as a revolutionary change in the meat industry. Just like the animal, this film is a cross-breed of different genres, it is a satirical movie at first, then turning into an adventure film, and, once it moves to the third act, becomes a poignant view of the relationship between a young Korean girl and her pet. This clash of genres don't always mix well, but I personally thought that the film was really effective in trying to engage its viewers into the story and into the journey of this young girl going through a personal transformation as she realizes that corporations and media aren't always as innocent as they seem. Even the design of the super-pig is superb, it feels real and tangible and it doesn't overdo the CGI, which is great.

The performances across the board are fantastic. Among those that stand out are Ahn Seo- hyun, who really is the underdog protagonist of the film, Tilda Swinton, the head of the expensive industry, and Jake Gyllenhaal, who puts sort of a quirky and charismatic magic into his character, Dr. Johnny Wilcox. The first half of the film is excellent, while the second half didn't really do a good job of tying all the subplots together, so some of the narratives really fell loose during the end. I did like what turned out of Mija and Okja, but I wanted to see some resolution for the other narratives, especially the Animal Rights group led by Paul Dano's character.

Okja is a great spectacle, combining enough weird lopsidedness to it while still feeling realistic in a dystopian, sci-fi, coming of age style. I did like how Joon-Ho tackled issues of corporate capitalism, but this film could've improved on how it transitioned between genres and on how the tiny narrative coincided together at the end. Having that said, Okja is still worth a watch; it is surprisingly funny, eye-opening, and personally one of the best Netflix has to offer currently.


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