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Movie Review: Okja

Being a movie addict, I pay attention to what’s the buzz coming from Cannes and other film festivals so I can make sure to catch those movies if and when they make it to DIFF. One of the buzzier movies this year was Okja, that has a talented cast featuring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Lily Collins but is actually a Netflix production and won’t be coming to the cinemas. So once I spotted it on Netflix, I had to give it a watch.

What is it about?

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been 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 family-owned, multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where an image-obsessed and self-promoting CEO has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission.

What is it actually about?

A Netflix production, this is a South Korean movie (with about half the dialog in Korean). A girl raises a gigantic pig and then has to save it from becoming your next hot dog.

Should I watch it?

YES! Weird, funny and emotional – you’ll probably want to watch a few more Korean movies after this. The subtitles don’t take away from it.

But can I watch it at home?

That’s the only way. It’s only available on Netflix though this would have been great for the cinemas.

But I’m busy this weekend.

It’s available to stream so take your time, but definitely, make time for this. Until now Netflix was killing it with TV shows, but even they seem to have a knack for movies as well.

Anything else?

Plan a vegetarian dinner and you might stop eating meat for a while. And it definitely gets emotional at the end.

Rating: 5/5

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