Okja is one of our most anticipated Netflix releases of this year, because we can’t wait to see director Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Snowpiercer) venture back into the monster (ish) genre once again. I say “ish”, because Okja is certainly not going to be a classic monster tale and, instead, looks to be more about a touching friendship and the fears of multinational conglomerates.
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 the 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.
Check out the images below which show a running Mija as she rushes to save her best friend, Jake Gyllenhaal sporting a Mirando t-shirt and the CEO of Mirando herself; a striking Tilda Swinton.
Okja additionally stars Devon Bostick, Lily Collins, Byun Heebong, Shirley Henderson and Daniel Henshall. The film will hit Netflix on 28th June 2017.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)