Set for its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival tomorrow, Netflix has debuted its first trailer for Bong Joon-ho’s Okja. Another Netflix original film, written by Bong and Jon Ronson, the story involves a cute hippo-like beasty that is captured by Tilda Swinton and only its owner, a little Korean girl played by Ahn Seo Hyun, can save it.
Playing to the tune of the Mamas and the Papas song, “Dedicated to the One I Love,” the Okja trailer pulls no punches in its political themes. Okja is captured by the Mirando Corp. led by Swinton, who wishes to use the beast as a viable source of food it would appear. The movie bears some similarities to The Protector (Tom-Yum-Goong in Thailand) where martial artist Tony Jaa fights his way through Thailand to find his stolen elephant – watch the trailer here.
Bong Joon-ho is no stranger to beastly cinema after his 2006 horror movie The Host, not to be mistaken by the Saoirse Ronan young adult adaptation, found itself to be a cult classic among Asian horror fans. Prior to Okja, Bong also came out guns blazing with his first English language debut film Snowpiercer, which is being picked up by TNT and could go to series if the pilot proves to be worthwhile. Tilda Swinton also starred in Snowpiercer.
While the film looks incredible, many at Cannes believe its entry into the festival to be disgraceful as it will debut globally on Netflix June 28. As streaming services continue to grow, sides have been drawn whether or not movies made for streaming services count as true cinema. Whatever the case may be, Okja looks like a delightful film.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Okja, courtesy of Netflix:
A gentle giant and the girl who raised her are caught in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed and scientific ethics.
Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Okja stars Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Byun Hee-bong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, and Giancarlo Esposito. Again, the film is set to debut on Netflix on June 28, 2017.