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Okja (2017)

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A young girl risks everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend - a fascinating beast named Okja.

Director:

Bong Joon Ho

Writers:

Bong Joon Ho (screenplay by), Jon Ronson (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Lucy Mirando / Nancy Mirando
Sheena Kamal Sheena Kamal ... Stylist 2007 / 2017
Michael Mitton ... Make-up Artist 2007
Colm Hill ... Sarcastic British Reporter
Kathryn Kirkpatrick ... Epicurean Reporter
Jose Carias Jose Carias ... Señor Villacorta
Giancarlo Esposito ... Frank Dawson
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Johnny Wilcox
Nancy Amelia Bell Nancy Amelia Bell ... Elderly Reporter (as Nancy Bell)
Seo-hyun Ahn ... Mija (as An Seo Hyun)
Lee Jeong-eun ... Okja's Voice / Woman in Wheelchair (as Jungeun Lee)
Byun Hee-Bong ... Hee Bong (as Byun Heebong)
Jaein Kim Jaein Kim ... Young Mija
Je-mun Yun ... Mundo Park (as Yoon Je Moon)
Shirley Henderson ... Jennifer
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Storyline

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, each battling to control the fate of Okja...while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home. Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises-the bond between man and animal-and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the... Written by Netflix

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A Netflix Original Film


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Trivia

Bong Joon Ho had been severely burned by the distribution of his previous film Snowpiercer (2013), his first film in English. It had barely scraped a run in American cinemas and wasn't released in the UK at all. The thought of one of his films being championed by Netflix - and thereby immediately assuring a built-in audience - was very appealing to him. See more »

Goofs

Frank Dawson makes a cup of coffee by dropping a Keurig k pod into espresso machine portafilter, instead of adding coffee grounds and tamping. A tray of coffee pods can be seen while Frank is steaming milk. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lucy Mirando: [to camera while descending industrial stairway] Oh, thank you! What a terrific crowd! Welcome to my inauguration! I'm Lucy, Lucy Mirando, of the Mirando Corporation. Welcome to my grandfather's old factory. Now, I know, we all know, that Grandpa Mirando was a terrible man.
[crowd laughs]
Lucy Mirando: We know of the atrocities he committed in this space. We know these walls are stained with the blood of fine working men. But today, I reclaim this space, to tell you a beautiful story. Now the ...
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Connections

Featured in Renegade Cut: Okja: Non-Human Animal Ethics (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Präludium Nr. 12 F-Moll, BWV 881, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Roger Woodward
Licensed courtesy of Celestial Harmonies
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Pigs on a Wing
6 July 2017 | by KurtmaSee all my reviews

Much like the concept behind Pink Floyd's "Animals" album, and with the great choice of music throughout this unsung gem, I was just waiting for the Song "Pigs" to start playing in the one of the scenes.

This film has great production, Acting and covers the rampant corruptness in many of our cultural accepted norms. (even the "Animal Liberation Front" shows some corruption, patterned obviously after PETA)

Great Film, Well done. (NETFLIX is competing with the big boys at a fraction of the cost) Glad to see films like this finding the light of day.

Go See It, especially if you are a animal lover and/or sympathizer


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Official Sites:

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Country:

South Korea | USA

Language:

English | Korean | Spanish

Release Date:

28 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Okja See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,049,823
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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