It may have had a chorus of boos thanks to problems beyond their control at Cannes Film Festival, but soon as Bong Joon Ho’s Okja played the boos turned to critical appraise. Later this month the movie will be unleashed globally by Netflix and today we get another look at the movie and the movies girl with a mission…Mija.
The new video a featurette focuses on Mija the caretaker and companion of our titular giant creature Okja, played by newcomer An Seo Hyun. A young farm girl and when you watch this short video you’ll see the young actress will be showing off her action skills. We see little snippets of new footage and main cast members such as Tilda Swinton, Stephen Yuen, Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal praise the young actress as well as explain the movie’s narrative too.
Whilst we don’t want to see the end of movies being shown in the cinematic form we have to accept that movie is for all and not everyone has the fortune of living close to a cinema. Not every movie released will in a cinema near you so streaming services like Netflix bring movies to those people who can’t go to a cinema. Okja is a perfect example what these services to offer, a movie that will provide the action but it’s not scared to pull on our heart strings too.
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been a 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 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.
Okja is set to be released globally online from 28th June, with a limited cinema release in London and now screened at Edinburgh Film Festival on 25th and 28th June. The Netflix Original movie also stars Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins.