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European Premiere Of ‘A Taxi Driver’ At Lkff 2017

25 July 2017 12:04 PM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The London Korean Film Festival (Lkff) continues its countdown to the main festival in October with the European Premiere of one of the year’s most anticipated Korean films, Jang Hoon’s A Taxi Driver. As part of the teaser screenings for the 2017 edition, the film will be shown at Picturehouse Central on Monday, August 14, less than two weeks after its international release. A follow-up screening is scheduled for Arts Picturehouse Cambridge on Monday, August 21.

Song Kang-ho in A Taxi Driver (2017) (Source: Lkff 2017)

Starring Song Kang-ho (The Age of Shadows, The Host) in the titular role, the film is based on true events and is set during the volatile incidents of 1980, a year after South Korea’s authoritarian president’s assassination and the subsequent military coup d’état.

Man-seob, a taxi driver struggling to raise his daughter on his meager earnings, agrees to take a German journalist (Thomas Kretschmann, Avengers: Age of Ultron »

- Arnav Sinha

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First Us Trailer for Korean Film 'A Taxi Driver' Starring Kang-ho Song

11 July 2017 12:16 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Is this all we have for such important guests?" Well Go USA has debuted the an official Us trailer for a Korean film titled A Taxi Driver, about a taxi driver and a journalist caught up in the middle of a student uprising in Korea in the 1980s. The film stars Korean actor Kang-ho Song, who you'll recognize from The Host, Snowpiercer, The Good the Bad the Weird, and The Age of Shadows, as the down-on-his-luck taxi driver. Thomas Kretschmann plays the German journalist who hires him to drive him to the town of Gwangju, which is under siege by the military government fighting against citizens and students demanding freedom. This event was a major turning point for the rise of modern South Korea, and this seems like a small but important story about two people unexpectedly in the middle of it all. I want to see it. Take a look. »

- Alex Billington

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Fantasia 2017 Announces Final Films

6 July 2017 12:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Fantasia 2017 Final Announcements

Late last month we brought you the first wave of announcement’s for the forthcoming Fantasia International Film Festival. It was already shaping up nicely with a special screening of Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and the likes of Replace, 68 Kill, and A Ghost Story, on the bill. But now things are even more brilliant as the full line-up is here, and there are yet another couple of stunners. Atomic Blonde, the Charlize Theron actioner from David Leitch, one of directors of John Wick, and the 3D restoration of James Cameron’s masterpiece – Terminator 2: Judgement Day, will both have very special screenings during the festival.

Kicking off the final list of films is the movie that will close the festival, A Taxi Driver. Directed by Jang Hoon, one of Korea’s most talented filmmakers, A Taxi Driver stars Song Kang-ho (The Host, »

- Kat Hughes

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Interview: Bong Joon-ho on Okja's Inspirations and Controversies

2 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

It all began with a drawing of a little girl and a giant pig.  Okja is Director Bong Joon-ho’s fantastic journey of a brave child fighting capitalism, betrayal, instant celebrity, and a world full of ills to save her beloved pet from slaughter.  Bong spoke with me about Okja’s connections to his previous monster flick, The Host, as well as Babe 2: Pig in the City, and President Obama.  He also revealed his clever plan to “induce” viewers into seeing the film on big screen, and his upcoming reunion with star Song Kang-ho for Parasite.     The Lady Miz Diva: In The Host, we have the story of a brave little girl, who must save the world from a monster.  In Okja, we have the...

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Review. Some Pig—Bong Joon-ho's "Okja"

30 June 2017 11:04 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

[…] Was one to believe that there was nowhere a god of hogs, to whom this hog personality was precious, to whom these hog squeals and agonies had a meaning? Who would take this hog into his arms and comfort him, reward him for his work well done, and show him the meaning of his sacrifice?—Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906)1Regarding The Jungle, the socialist author Upton Sinclair remarked that although he’d meant to “aim for the public’s heart,” he’d accidentally “hit it in the stomach.” The novel, about the life of a Lithuanian meat packer in Chicago, was treated with shock and mortification. But the public’s disgust was largely in response to Sinclair’s reports of dirtied meat products, not the plight of the working class. The subsequent frenzy only further undermined the novel’s critique of capitalism, which was ultimately reduced to a matter of meat and hygiene. »

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Film Club: Can Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja get out of the shadow of The Host?

30 June 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

For the first segment of this week’s edition of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky discuss the Netflix-produced, bilingual sci-fi satire Okja, which finds South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho revisiting some of the genre-switching monster-movie territory first explored in his breakthrough film, The Host.

Watch the full episode of Film Club below: »

- A.A. Dowd, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Joshua Reviews Bong Joon-ho’s Okja [Theatrical Review]

30 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

It’s not every day that a film’s release becomes more controversial than either the film’s quality or the merits of its narrative. However, when you’re a Netflix-backed, initially Cannes-approved drama/comedy, you’re apparently set for a firestorm.

That was the case for director Bong Joon-ho and his latest effort, the delightfully weird and completely uneven Okja. Getting the ever-important Cannes stamp initially, the film and all of its Netflix support sparked great outrage on the Croisette, as it has become something of a lightning rod for the polarizing discussion that is surrounding the very future of film distribution. But what has seemingly gotten lost in the shuffle is what ultimately started the whole fracas. With auteur credentials and a cast to die for, it’s no wonder the team programming the Cannes Film Festival decided to add it to its 2017 ranks. But is it ultimately worthy of that status? »

- Joshua Brunsting

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New to Streaming: ‘Song to Song,’ ‘Personal Shopper,’ ‘The Lost City of Z,’ ‘Okja,’ and More

30 June 2017 5:05 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

David Lynch: The Art Life (Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, and Olivia Neergaard-Holm)

Before David Lynch was a filmmaker, he was a struggling painter, whose lifeblood was to “drink coffee, smoke cigarettes, and paint.” That’s what he dubbed “the art life,” and what an image – as featured in the many contemporary photos seen in this new documentary – it is, the bequiffed 20-something Lynch sitting back in his Philadelphia studio, »

- Jordan Raup

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Okja review

29 June 2017 2:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Just your usual movie about a little girl and her pet super pig. Our review of Bong Joon-ho's weird and wonderful sci-fi comedy, Okja...

When asked about all the disturbing slabs of meat and sense of death in his paintings, the artist Francis Bacon often replied that, if you wanted real horror, "then you only need to think about the meat on your plate."

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In his own playful, stylistically fluid way, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho uses his sci-fi comedy Okja to do the same thing: it forces us to confront the everyday horror of the meat on our plates. Assuming you're not a vegetarian already, Okja may just convince you to switch pork sausages for soya ones.

Okja is what's known as a super pig - a gigantic mammal reared »

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'Okja' Review: Story of Girl and Her Giant Pig Is Wacky, Weird and Wonderful

28 June 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Is it a movie? Or a Netflix streaming event? Why can't it be both? We're going to have to get used to the one-two punch in the new age of cinema, which now cedes the multiplex to blockbusters and often sends the creative minds of indie cinema scrambling to find a financing and a home. The Netflix logo stamped on Okja got booed at Cannes, not because it's a lousy movie (quite the opposite, in fact), but because the French are hating on Netflix for not opening South Korean filmmaker »

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With Okja, does Netflix have its first blockbuster movie?

28 June 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The fantasy epic, directed by South Korean film-maker Bong Joon-ho, could be the streaming service’s first big splash in original cinema

If Netflix’s foray into original television content has been one of the great, industry-shaking developments of the past decade, the streaming service’s attempts at evergreen feature films have been decidedly less successful. Though the site has flourished with original documentaries (13th; What Happened, Miss Simone?; and Get Me Roger Stone are just three critically lauded examples), big-budget features such as David Michôd’s War Machine and Yuen Woo-Ping’s Crouching Tiger sequel have made less of a splash.

That might change with The Host director Bong Joon-Ho’s latest picture, a strange, sweeping cautionary tale of late-capitalist greed called Okja, available on Netflix worldwide.

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- Jake Nevins

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Movie Review: Okja is a messy, go-for-broke satire from the director of Snowpiercer

26 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

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 »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Okja | Review

26 June 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

That’ll Do, Pig: Joon-ho’s Latest Creature Feature Gets Stuck on Itself

Following 2014’s post-apocalyptic microcosm Snowpiercer, South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho returns to familiar territory with Okja, a creature feature in rye comparable mold of 2006’s The Host.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Exclusive: Lily Collins talks Okja, the Spielberg influence & why working for Netflix is so great

26 June 2017 7:58 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

This week sees the eagerly anticipated release of Netfix’s latest original film – Okja, the new film from acclaimed writer/director Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) that debuted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim despite many reservations about a Netflix film being part of the Palme D’Or shortlist.

Okja tells the story of Mija (Seo-Hyeon Ahn), the decade-long caretaker and companion to a massive animal in South Korea. But when a multi-national corporation takes Okja from Mija and transports her to New York, Mija follows her to save her from the evil company’s clutches.

One of the people who tries to help her is Lily Collins and we sat down with her to chat about the film. There were many lures for the actress to be part of the film, not least the story, and director Joon-Ho, saying:

“I read it and I thought ‘Bong, »

- Scott Davis

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Netflix deliver a new featurette for this week’s big release ‘Okja’

26 June 2017 2:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Okja finally hits Netflix this week, and the streamer are gearing up their publicity campaign before it lands on June 28th. This is a new production diary featurette that takes you behind the scenes of the movie which wowed Cannes this past month.

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja—a massive animal and an even bigger friend—at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.

With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, »

- Paul Heath

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Netflix Original Movie Review: Okja Is the Must See Film of the Summer

17 June 2017 2:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer) once again challenges convention with his latest brilliant film, Okja. It is a thoughtful, visceral satire of the corporate meat industry. The genius here is the delivery of the message. Okja uses the innocence and determination of a teenage girl as the vehicle for enlightenment. Her journey is indeed a profound one. Okja is a highly relevant critique of current methods, but also a guide to sustainable, humane farming. We take for granted the ease of our food supply. The production of cheap animal protein becomes difficult to stomach when we peek behind the curtains.

Okja begins in 2007 at the New York City headquarters of Mirando Corporation, a global agricultural supplier. The bombastic new CEO, Nancy Mirando (Tilda Swinton), announces with great flourish the dawn of a revolution in the pork industry. Behold the super pig, a scientifically enhanced animal created from a unique Central American ancestor. »

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Everyone Wants ‘Okja’ in Second Trailer and Massive Gallery of Stills

16 June 2017 6:20 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In less than two weeks one of the most thrilling blockbusters of the summer, Bong Joon-ho‘s Okja, is arriving. While we recommend going into the globe-trotting adventure cold (and seeing it on the big screen, if possible), Netflix has now released a second trailer, which ups the emotion, as well as a huge gallery of new images.

One of our Cannes favorites, we said in our review, “A dystopian story about a genetically engineered beast with overt anti-capitalist connotations, Bong Joon-ho’s Okja represents a synthesis and an upgrade – in scale as well as quality – of the director’s previous outings The Host and Snowpiercer, confirming him as one of the finest contemporary craftsmen of intelligent, ambitious blockbusters.”

While you’re watching newly added films from the director on Netflix, check out the new trailer and new photos below for the film starring Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, An Seo Hyun, »

- Jordan Raup

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Final trailer arrives for Bong Joon-Ho’s brilliant Okja, coming to Netflix this month

16 June 2017 5:42 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

Netflix has released a brand new trailer for Okja, their latest big-budget original film that charmed audiences at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and you can view it below!

The latest film to arrive via the subscription service is directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho, the man behind such films as Snowpiercer (still to get an official UK release) and The Host, and tells the story of a young girl called Mija (Seo-Hyeon Ahn) who has been the carer for Okja – a massive pig-like animal – for over 10 years, but when a multinational company takes Okja from their home to take her to New York to be killed for food, Mija heads across the world to find her and bring her home.

Be sure to stay tuned to HeyUGuys in the coming week or so for our exclusive interviews with Bong Joon-Ho, Seo-Hyeon Ahn and Lily Collins about the film. »

- Scott Davis

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New to Streaming: ‘T2: Trainspotting, Bong Joon Ho, ‘Mimosas,’ ‘Daughters of the Dust,’ and More

16 June 2017 4:49 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash)

That there’s a fair chance you’ve never seen Daughters of the Dust — full disclosure: I am among these people — should be taken as a failure of distribution and exposure, not the film’s quality and impact. There’s also a fair chance that the closest you’ve really come to Julie Dash‘s 1991 film is Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which paid a direct visual tribute that, »

- The Film Stage

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Bong Joon Ho’s Okja gets a new trailer

15 June 2017 9:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With less than two weeks to go until Okja arrives on Netflix, the streaming service has released a new trailer for director Bong Joon Ho’s upcoming adventure drama which stars An Seo Hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Paul Dano, and Giancarlo Esposito; watch it below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Read our review of Okja here

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when the family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.

With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her »

- Amie Cranswick

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