Netflix has several original content irons in their streaming fire, notably evidenced by the recent unveiling of the trailer for their expensive Will Smith-starring, David Ayer-directed sci-fi/fantasy/crime film Bright. However, well before we’ll get to see that, the streaming giant will drop another intriguing original in the South Korean sci-fi film Okja. Directed and co-written by Bong Joon-ho, who adapted a French comic to make the apocalyptic train epic Snowpiercer, the film showcases a plot almost akin to a Disney film, laced with darker themes.
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Netflix has dropped an intriguing teaser trailer for Okja that is as oblique as it is odd. The film centers on a young girl named Mija (See-Hyun Ahn), who strikes a bond with a multinational corporation’s genetically modified animal (a pig of some sort,) named Okja. Unfortunately, things get complicated, since the experimental Okja is growing at an alarming rate, going from handbag-sized pet to a proper kaiju in a short amount of time, revealed to be the company’s ultimate GMO. While their friendship is the stuff of charming childhood wonders, it also occurs against the interests of the company, whose beneficent anti-hunger public mission likely obscure more sinister political motivations. The brief clip provides some insight into the film’s style, focusing on the experiment-making company boss played by Tilda Swinton, presumably saving the full reveal of Okja for a later clip.
With Okja, director Bong Joon-ho (who co-wrote with Jon Ronson,) follows up a breakthrough South Korean project aimed at western audiences in 2014’s Snowpiercer, having tapped momentum from the Marvel Cinematic Universe by casting Captain America star Chris Evans as its lead, filling its cast with names like Ed Harris, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer and the chameleonic Tilda Swinton (who returns for Bong in this new film). Clearly, Okja employs a similar strategy. Besides Swinton, the film also features big names with Jake Gyllenhaal and Lily Collins as leads, along with Giancarlo Esposito and Paul Dano. Plus, fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead still upset over the head-bludgeoning choices of Negan’s barbed-wire-bat Lucille may be mollified by the sight of Steven Yeun in the cast.
Okja gets ready to unveil what could become – for entirely different reasons – the most memorable pig movie since Babe when it debuts on Netflix on June 28.