Netflix has unveiled a big new trailer for Okja, the highly anticipated adventure-drama from acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho.
The story tells of Mija (An Seo Hyun), a young girl who leaves her home in the South Korean mountains behind when her friend Okja – a massive, caring pig-like animal – is captured and taken to New York by a multinational conglomerate.
Joon Ho has proven himself to be a standout auteur, delivering unique, layered narratives with films such as Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother and Snowpiercer. The filmmaker didn’t have a great experience with Snowpiercer, not with Harvey Weinstein backtracking on his plan to distribute wide after seeing the final product, but Netflix seems to have a pretty good reputation with filmmakers so far. All signs are pointing to a winner with Okja. We can’t wait.
Okja, featuring a cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Byun Heebong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito and Jake Gyllenhaal, will be hitting Netflix on June 28.
And check out a commercial from the Mirando Corporation, the conglomerate behind the Okja’s capture, featuring CEO Lucy Mirando:
— Lucy Mirando (@lucymirando) April 28, 2017
Synopsis for Okja:
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 world that addresses the animal inside us all. Okja is a Plan B Entertainment, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company production in association with Netflix.