"Okja" is the heartwarming tale of a girl and her giant mutant pig, brought to life through a mix of digital effects and puppetry that makes a nonexistent beast seem as real as E.T. or King Kong. It is also the tale of animal rights activists doing battle with a Monsanto-like corporation that wants to turn said pig, allegedly the cutest in a batch whipped up by genetic scientists, into a poster animal for a revolutionary line of meat products. These two modes might seem incompatible. But as overseen by the great South Korean director Bong Joon-ho ("Snowpiercer", "The Host"), they mesh in a work of melancholy enchantment, by turns sweet, funny, scary, sad, and – in the manner of all good science fiction movies – thought-provoking.
[...] A repeated image shows the girl leaning into the pig's floppy ear and whispering to calm her down. We never hear exactly what she's whispering, but the tight closeups of Okja's mesmerized eye show us that she's listening intently and gets the gist – that the girl's words matter and make sense even though they don't speak the same language. The pig trusts her friend. All the film's many threads ultimately come back to questions of trust: what it means to keep it or betray trust, and whether there are circumstances where betrayal is necessary, and whether the trust between human and human is more meaningful than the trust between human and animal. Mija would tell you there's no difference.
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A film by Bong Joon-ho
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho, Jon Ronson
Story: Bong Joon-ho
Camera: Darius Khondji
Editor: Jin-mo Yang
Music: Jaeil Jung
Tilda Swinton..........Lucy Mirando and Lucy's twin sister Nancy Mirando
Jake Gyllenhaal..........Dr. Johnny Wilcox
Giancarlo Esposito..........Frank Dawson
Yoon Je-moon..........Mundo Park
Production: South Korea, United States
Production companies: Plan B Entertainment, Lewis Pictures, Kate Street Picture Company
Distributed by Netflix
Release date: May 19, 2017 (Cannes) | June 28, 2017 (United States) | June 29, 2017 (South Korea)
Running time: 120 minutes
Language: English, Korean
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Greek, German, Russian, Italian, Polish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Portuguese-European, Portuguese-Brazilian, Romanian, Swedish, Hebrew, Thai, Korean, Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Traditional, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Turkish.
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