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Okja

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Okja

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Official Synopsis
Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend - a massive animal named Okja.
Release Date
6/26/17
MPAA Rating
R

Bong Joon-Ho puppeteers his gamboling goons on leery strings.They trip on their own limbs, run into car doors, and gallop dumb gaited into physical & emotional self reduction. Joon-Ho’s fools have always been the adults, and for the first time he views them from the high ground of a 4ft standing grimace. Mija (Seo-Hyun Ahn) fit to the inches, becomes an unrelenting ball of fury once her only friend Okja, a genetically engineered ‘super pig’, is plucked back up by her creators. 

Okja’s one in a mass of animals bred to die for human benefit. She was manufactured under the hood of the Mirando Corp, a burlesque multi-national conglomerate populated by some of Ho’s most rhapsodic narcissists. Its plastic face is Lucy Mirando’s, A Cruella De Vil who squeaks and shines like lubricated rubber. She’s bent on resurrecting her father’s business that crumbled when consumers discovered their amoral business practices. And now, like brands do today,  the Mirando Corp redesigns their agricultural market from the ground up to appear organic and politically correct. Consumers are easy and the business is saved. 

But it’s all, very plainly, a lie. The Non-GMO all organic Super Pig whose shit purportedly doesn’t stink, is anything but. And when the true face of Lucy’s sister Nancy, who represents the cold, blunt hand of business to Lucy’s bright & buttery lies, is revealed, Ho conveys that his two-sides-of-the-same-coin capitalism is essentially interchangeable. 

But he’ll also poke fun at the flaws of the “Animal Liberation Front” a self-proclaimed, self-organized, animal rights resistance movement whose intervention deserves equal scrutiny. They’re self-righteous, where the Mirando Corp is self-interested and piteous. The ALF’s headed up by the doughy faced Paul Dano, and the MIrando Corp the reptilian Tilda Swinton, with a little Giancarlo Esposito on the side, and the ex-celebrity naturalist and purported animal lover Jake Gyllenhaal lurking under their wing.

But at its heart are the neglected interests of a farm girl and her pig. They’re tossed to the wayside by the “real world” with unfortunate ease. Their love for each other is stubborn, instinctual, and naive. What would it mean for Mija to be reunited with Okja? A small victory? What of the thousands of other enslaved super pigs, and the seemingly undying nastiness of the Mirando Corporation? Ho provides no nifty solution. The factories churn on, and consumers still consume so long as it's cheap. 

Like a lot of popular Korean New Wave artists you probably wouldn’t note Bong Joon-Ho for his restraint. But his frames are littered with details, personality, and, in this case, anger, to assert some depth beneath the brevity. His Okja’s full of wonder, joy, tears, laughs, and outrage. Some people have confused that full run of the spectrum as a tonal juggle that Ho doesn’t quite balance with gusto. But that’s just a case of intolerance. Ho disarms you with the quirks of highs and lows in a way that deviates from the other rhythms. You’ll be prone to resist some of the beats, but the ones that count are indefensible.  

okja

Editor review

(Updated: October 23, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Entertainment Value 
 
4.0
Story/Writing 
 
3.5
Performance (Acting) 
 
3.5
Direction 
 
3.5
Production 
 
4.0

Okja

Like a lot of popular Korean New Wave artists you probably wouldn’t note Bong Joon-Ho for his restraint. But his frames are littered with details, personality, and, in this case, anger, to assert some depth beneath the brevity. His Okja’s full of wonder, joy, tears, laughs, and outrage. Some people have confused that full run of the spectrum as a tonal juggle that Ho doesn’t quite balance with gusto. But that’s just a case of intolerance. Ho disarms you with the quirks of highs and lows in a way that deviates from the other rhythms. You’ll be prone to resist some of the beats, but the ones that count are indefensible.

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