A young girl fights to save her best friend, a gigantic animal named Okja, in The great Korean director Bong Joon-ho's Cannes Competition contender starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and An Seo-hyun.
Bong Joon-ho makes his second English language film with Okja, starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, An Seo-hyun, Daniel Henshall and Steven Yeun.
For 10 years, Mija (An) has cared for her best friend, a ‘Super Pig' named Okja, in the mountains of South Korea. The two share an intensely close bond, but then Dr Johnny Wilcox (Gyllenhaal) arrives to take Okja to New York for a Super Pig contest. Okja is actually owned by the multi-national Mirando Corporation, run by self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Swinton). Mija is determined to save her kidnapped friend at all costs, and is joined by the Animal Liberation Front led by Jay (Dano), an organisation determined to uncover Mirando's true activities.
Director Bong is known for masterfully fusing genre elements with social critique in hit films like Memories of Murder (SFF 2004), The Host, Mother (SFF 2015) and Snowpiercer (SFF 2014). With Okja he combines humour, drama, science fiction and high-octane action to tell a powerful story of great, lingering impact.
Festival guest: Bong Joon-ho, Steven Yeun and Daniel Henshall
Purchase tickets for the Closing Night Gala and awards ceremony screening of Okja at the State Theatre for $30 / $28 conc.
South Korea, USA
English and Korean with English subtitles
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Cannes Selected, Animals & Creatures, Asia, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Features, Politics & Economics