Watch: The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun In New Netflix Film, OKJA

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-07-18

Netflix Acquires Okja From Cannes

After the social satire film, Snowpiercer, director Joon-ho Bong wanted to create another go-for-broke, anti-corporate farce. The South Korean writer-director throws his full weight behind the new film, Okja.

The protagonist, Mija, risks everything to prevent a powerful, multinational conglomerate from kidnapping her best friend, which is an enormous animal that goes by the name, Okja.

The film includes an array of stars such as Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Seo-Hyun Ahn, and The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun.

Anti-Corporate Farce From Snowpiercer Director

Okja | Photo Credit Netflix

The A.V. Club writes:

“A choppy mix of anti-corporate farce and Spielbergian fantasy, Bong Joon-Ho’s bilingual Okja veers wildly, but never stalls; if Bong, the South Korean writer-director behind The Host, Memories Of Murder, and Snowpiercer, never squares the film’s satirical means with its sentimental ends, he at least throws the weight of his considerable filmmaking talent behind both.”

“At the center—sometimes literally, as she tends to squeeze everyone else out of the way—is Okja, a hippopotamic female “super-pig” raised from piglethood in the mountains of South Korea by little Mija (Ahn Seo-Hyun) and her grandpa Hee-Bong (Bong regular Byun Hee-Bong).”

“They are among two dozen “traditional farmers” selected from around the world to raise super-pigs as part of a decade-long publicity stunt put together by the agri-business titan Mirando, culminating in a contest judged by campy TV animal expert Dr. Johnny (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a public unveiling at a Manhattan parade.”

Netflix’s Most Recent Social Satire

Okja | Photo Credit Netflix

The film is co-written by Bong and Welsh journalist Jon Ronson. Ronson wrote books and articles to inspire the films The Men Who Stare At Goats (Jeff Bridges, George Clooney) and Frank (Michael Fassbender).

Okja is the most recent satire from Netflix after Brad Pitt’s War Machine was released on Memorial Day weekend.

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