Steven Yeun Stars In Netflix Original
Alongside Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), who plays Jay, and a few others, Yeun’s character works with a group of Animal Rights Activists in this new film from Director Joon-ho Bong.
Bong is known for his other recent film, Snowpiercer. “All my films have different stories, some share common themes,” said the director who wants to explore new worlds with every picture.
Netflix Picks Up Film After Cannes Ovation
After a mixed response at the Cannes Film Festival, that eventually ended with a standing ovation, Netflix picked up the film. Other stars involved include Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, and newcomer Seo-Hyun Ahn as the star, Mija.
“His 2014 post-apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer inferred much political meaning, displaying the worst of society’s imbalances on a high-speed dystopian train. And there was an environmental message to his 2006 breakout hit The Host, which told the story of a mutated fishy creature that wreaked havoc in the streets of Seoul. The monster was created after radioactive waste was dumped on a US military base.”
Genetically Modified, Fictional Okja
“Well, pig is a tad misleading. The genetically modified, lab-bred Okja is a creature about the size of a hippopotamus. She’s more hippolike than porcine in other ways, too: Her skin is gray and leathery rather than pink and smooth, and her perpetually snuffling snout lacks that familiar flat oval shape.”
“As rendered in a mixture of puppetry and digital animation, she’s refreshingly uncute by saucer-eyed Disney standards. But Okja’s long ears do flop like a cocker spaniel’s, and the devotion she displays to her beloved 14-year-old mistress Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun) is similarly canine.”