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6.7
/10
2,222 Ratings

Okja

Directed by Bong Joon-ho
United States, South Korea, 2017
Action, Adventure, Drama

Synopsis

A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja.

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Okja Directed by Bong Joon-ho
Okja is, fittingly, a strange beast: part eco-political morality tale, part slapstick, part creature feature, things that don’t always gel… Taken as a whole, however, one feels that something exciting is being done in the throwing together of these disparate elements, something exciting that only Netflix would take a punt on Bong attempting.
September 13, 2017
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Aside from Tilda Swinton’s hyperactive appeal and some flickers of visual invention (a giggling schoolgirl filming herself being chased through a department store by the titular giant pig), Bong’s predictable tale of corporate hubris and animal rights ambivalence feels itself like a talented director submitting to commerce, as Netflix, which funded the film, seemingly frowns on the rough edges of his past.
July 14, 2017
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The image confirms the obvious—that the eye of the six-ton Okja is as large as Mija’s face—but it also does something magical: it makes believe that Okja is real and that she and Mija are inseparable. We believe in Okja’s reality not only because An as Mija relates to her as if she is there, but also because of the extraordinary digital animation of that eye.
July 03, 2017
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