Bong Joon-ho’s Okja is something truly special. A take-down of the food industry and powerful corporations, the South Korean filmmaker’s latest action-adventure has as much heart and humor as it has political commentary.
Bong Joon-ho’s Okja is truly unlike any other movie you’ve seen. Sure, it’s got bits of Free Willy and maybe a touch of Charlotte’s Web, but it really needs to be seen to be believed. I guarantee you, you will fall in love with this super pig.
Bong Joon-ho’s latest just can’t catch a break. After surviving Cannes while plagued by talk of the scandal brewing between Netflix and French theater chains, 93% of theaters in Bong’s home country have announced they won’t be screening Okja because of Netflix’s same-day release plan.
Bong Joon-ho’s latest is going to hit Netflix in a few short weeks, and the buzz around it is already starting. Okja had a fantastic premiere at Cannes, despite the controversy over whether Netflix will give their films theatrical releases, and the promotion for its release is already gearing up. A new series of Korean character posters helpfully describe almost every cast member (the eponymous super pig is absent), and separates all their traits into loins, shanks, and prime cuts.
It’s not a Cannes Film Festival without a little bit of controversy. This year, Netflix has the hot potato, as the festival has practically torn itself in twain on the matter of the online streaming platform — to purists, they’re the barbarians at the multiplex gates, but to those in support, they’re deep-pocketed benefactors for such directors as Korea’s Bong Joon Ho. And after his new film Okja got nearly pulled from competition, allowed back in, unofficially rejected by Jury President Pedro Almodovar, and then booed following technical difficulties at the screening, Bong wanted to clear the air around Netflix.
Across the Atlantic, Will Smith and Pedro Almodovar may be jousting over Netflix’s place in the Cannes Film Festival – should a movie produced by the streaming empire be worthy of competing for the French festival’s coveted awards? Or should the Palme D’or only be granted to films with exclusive releases on the big screen? Whatever opinion you hold, Bong Joon-ho’s latest entry, Okja, is set to make its world premiere on the Croisette, and big screen or small, it looks pretty awesome.