Director: Bong Joon Ho
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Seo-Hyun Ahn
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Language: English, Korean with English subtitles
Country of Origin: South Korea-USA 2017 118 mins. (15)
Released by Netflix
Korean director Bong Joon-Ho and English co-writer Jon Ronson have come up with a glorious fantasy adventure satire on consumerism. 13-year-old orphan Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun) lives in the Korean mountains with her pet and best pal, a genetically modified, super-size pig called Okja, who's kidnapped for a biggest pig competition. Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton), CEO of Mirando Corporation is the super villain with Okja and her like in her sights as a future source of meat production. Add on sleazy vet Dr Johnny Wilcox (Jake Gyllenhaal) whose TV series 'Magical Animals' fronts the Mirando Corporations experiments in New York and Animal Front Liberation in the form of Jay (Paul Dano) and Red (Lily Collins) who move in with an idea of Okja as their eyes and ears and it's pig on the run with Mija in hot pursuit.
Stylish with eye grabbing visuals (cinematographer Darius Khondji) including a bloody slaughterhouse scene and great leads and support cast. Ahn Seo-hyun grabs the screen as the get-up-and-go, I'll get Okja back and Okja's just so real.
A poignant, witty, fantasy adventure, modern fairy tale of corporate greed, profit above all else, offer lip service to green credentials, PR to the front and self-promote and all will be OK. Hiss and a boo at Lucy Mirando and Dr Johnny Wilcox, and cheer Mija and Okja.