TOP
okja
K-Film

Okja 옥자 (2017) REVIEW

Nestled in the remote mountains of Korea, a young girl named Mija (Ahn Seo-Hyeon) befriends a genetically modified ‘super-pig.’ After a decade together, Okja’s creator, the CEO of the Mirando Corporation (Tilda Swinton), recalls the pig to be centrepiece of a New York parade.

Even though this Netflix-produced feature would be incredible to see on the big screen, Bong Joon Ho, director of The Host (2013) and Memories of Murder (2003) has delivered a piece which will give you plenty of food for thought.

In the remote mountains of South Korea, Mija has been raised with Okja; one of several genetically modified ‘super-piglets.’ Created by the Mirando Corporation as a solution to world hunger, the pigs are environmentally friendly, but here’s the catch, they’ve been made to taste good too. When Okja is transported to New York for her first public appearance, Mija desperately tries to save her. On her perilous journey, she meets the Animal Liberation Front, led by the incredible Paul Dano whose mission is to expose the unethical farming of super-piglets by using Okja as a mole in the slaughterhouses.

Seo-Hyeon portrays a smart, innocent and fearsome lead. Alongside Okja, a slobbery, adorable and intelligent hippopotamus-pig hybrid, they’re an inseparable team who are impossible not to root for. As well as Seo-Hyeon, Okja also includes a star-studded line-up including Paul Dano, as the leader of the animal rights group, Jake Gyllenhaal, a celebrity doctor and Tilda Swinton, the villainous CEO of the Mirando Corporation.

okja

©Tilda Swinton and Seo-Hyeon Anh in Okja, 25.01.2018, imdb.com

The Ghilbi-esque first half does not prepare you for what’s in store – set in idyllic countryside and observing the close bond between Mija and Okja, it feels like a family friendly picture. The second half however throws a massive curve-ball when we hold witness to the disturbing barbarity behind the Mirando Corporation. Bong’s ability to juggle a wacky fantasy-adventure peppered with tones of dystopian sci-fi and animal activism, is testament to his incredible ability as a filmmaker. Whilst Okja is grizzly and grossly upsetting in parts, at the core of the movie still lies a heart-warming tale of a young girl who is willing to risk everything to save her only friend.

Emotionally charged, this is an incredibly exciting movie and it’s no surprise why this Netflix gem is shining a spotlight on Korean cinema.

Want to experience more of Korean culture? Why not subscribe now to the Inspire Me Korea ‘Culture Box?’ You’ll receive a box of goodies straight to your door every month and we even ship internationally!

Faye Broadbent

안녕! In love with Korea. I appreciate a proper good brew and cute stationery.

«

»

what do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow Us on Instagram!

  • Cherry blossom 🌸 season is ending ... 😢
#CherryBlossoms #korea #SouthKorea #CherryBlossomsInKorea
  • BBQ ...! Let’s dig in!
#KoreanBBQ #BBQ #Food #Hungry #KoreanFood
  • Hit SUBSCRIBE or pick up 🇰🇷 Korean GOODIES in the SHOP with 15% off everything!! ~ www.inspiremekorea.com 🌟 Shop in time for Mother’s Day !! #MomsDay #Promotion #Celebrate #Mums #Moms #Mothers #MothersDay #SubscriptionBox #KoreanBox
  • Red velvet cake accompanied by some more PLANNING 📓 ✏️ ~ the May K-DRAMA box is almost ready to be dispatched too! Can anyone guess the next theme...? 😳💝 Subscribe at www.inspiremekorea.com ~ for your Korean goodies!
#KoreanCake #KoreanCafe #RedVelvetCake #Photography #Planning #SubscriptionBoxThemes #UpcomingThemes #SneakPeek #BehindTheScenes
  • #NikoTheKpopBunny 🐇 is waiting for you to click SUBSCRIBE at www.inspiremekorea.com to order your box of Korean CULTURE GOODIES! 🎁 Subscribe by 4th May for the K-Drama box~! 😳💝
#Bunny #Rabbit #CuteAnimals #SubscriptionBox #KoreanBox
  • Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, soba noodles... want to eat more...! ㅋㅋㅋㅋ ~ Have you tried these before??
#JapaneseFood #Korea #EatingInKorea #seoul #Takoyaki #Okonomiyaki #DeliciousFood #SoHungry
  • *HUGE* exciting 🌟 SNEAK PEEK!! This soft bear mouth mask is in EVERY MAY K-DRAMA BOX! 😳 As seen on many Korean celebrities, including #BTS #Taehyung / V AND #EXO #Chanyeol. 🎁 Don’t forget to subscribe at www.inspiremekorea.com > subscribe to receive your experience of Korea in a box! 🌍 We ship worldwide 🌎!
#Kdrama #KdramaBox #LearnAboutKdramas #StudyKdramas #KdramaMarathon #WhatKdramaToWatchNext #KdramaRecommendations #Army #BtsArmy #ExoL
  • We want to know, comment below!!
#City #Korea #SouthKoreaCities #WhichCityWins #TravelKorea