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Friday, 19 May 2017 08:09

Cannes 2017: 'Okja' is a Lovable, Wacky, Animal Rescue Adventure Film

Written by  FirstShowing

I've never seen anything like this film before, and we may never see anything like it again. Okja is the latest feature from Korean writer/director Bong Joon Ho, and it's another completely original story from his brilliant mind.

Okja is a fascinating mix of many different things: it's anti-capitalism, anti-meat, yet it's also an animal rescue adventure film. It's a satire, yet also a thriller; it's playful, it's weird, but lovable. At the center of it all is the story of a young Korean girl named Mija whose best friend is a big, mutant "super pig" that a corporation gave her uncle to raise for a competition. When they come to take it, she runs off to try and find and bring her home. If this film doesn't make you a vegetarian by the end, I don't know what will.

I confess that I am a huge Bong Joon Ho fan, I love every last one of his films, even Snowpiercer. This one is completely different than anything he has made before, at times feeling like it's made for kids, with playful, quirky sensibilities and bright colors. Of course, the story is about a young Korean girl, played by An Seo Hyun, but there's much more to it than that.

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