Director Bong Joon Ho’s Okja is a new Netflix original film that stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Yuen, Lily Collins and newcomer An Seo Hyun. Okja is a drama about a girl who must keep a powerful company from abducting her pal, a gentle beast.
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been the constant companion who takes care of Okja, a massive animal and an even bigger friend in her mountain home in South Korea. Her family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themsleves 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.
Mija sets out to rescue her friend and that journey becomes complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of her friend. 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.
Look out for it when it premieres exclusively on Netflix on 28 June 2017.