Okja is a 2017 Korean action-adventure film that revolves around the story of a newly discovered or bred species that was raised by a farmer together with his daughter. The said species was known as “super-pig” because it’s a pig-like creature but a lot larger and heavier. How far can you go and what are you willing to do to save that friendly giant from slaughtering? You will surely be amazed at how a kid like Mija risked her life and sacrifice for Okja, her super-pig friend.
Okja Original Soundtrack (OST)
Harvest for the World by The Isley Brothers
Okja Cast and Crews Review
Bong Joon-Ho – He is a South Korean film director, writer, and producer. He also directed the 2019 film “Parasite”, a thriller-comedy film about greed and class discrimination. Joon-Ho received Academy Awards 2020 for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.
Okja Screenplay Writer:
Jon Ronson – He is a British journalist and a documentary filmmaker. Jon Ronson is well known for his work “The Men Who Stare at Goats”, a 2009 action comedy film. In Okja, I could say that he did great with the flow or the sequence of each scene.
Ahn Seo-Hyun as Mija, the girl that raised the pig-like creature named “Okja”. Seo-Hyun is a 16-year-old South Korean actress that had begun her career in 2008. She starred in some popular movies such as the action thriller movie in 2014 titled “Monster”. As Mija in this film, she portrays the role of a girl who was attached to Okja as his pet or friend. The role fits her well. Ahn Seo-Hyun’s innocence yet daring look makes her the best actress for this role.
Byun Hee-Bong as Mija’s grandfather. Hee-Bong is a veteran South Korean actor. He often plays roles in horror movies or films such as “The Host” and “Memories of Murder”. Since “Okja” has a different genre, I thought Byun Hee-Bong won’t be able to portray his role well, but as seen in this film, he did it well. He is a hard-working and supportive grandfather to his granddaughter. He is willing to do anything for his granddaughter’s own good.
Tilda Swinton as the twin named Lucy and Nancy Mirando who are the antagonists in the story. They portray the role of businesswomen who aim for having a high supply of meat by breeding a 6-ton creature that eats less and grows larger. Swinton’s poise is undeniably great for her role.
Woo-Sik Choi as Kim
Steven Yeun as K
Paul Dano as Jay
Daniel Henshall as Blond
Lily Collins as Red
Devon Bostick as Silver
Colm Hill as the Sarcastic British Reporter
Kathryn Kirkpatrick as the Epicurean Reporter
Jose Carias as Señor Villacorta
Giancarlo Esposito as Frank Dawson
Jake Gyllenhaal as Johnny Wilcox
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Okja Plot Review
A beast? Or a friend?
In Okja, you’ll see the relationship between two different creatures, a man and an animal. In the beginning, you will be astonished by the project about breeding the super-pig that will surely help the state’s economy by providing more meat at cheaper prices. But as the film goes deeper and the unconscionable practices of the business professionals were shown, you will hate them a million times. This film was so captivating, the sacrifices, and the love was well felt. And in relation to our well-diverse community, the human population goes up varies directly with its demand for daily needs such as foods. This film’s true-to-life story will definitely captivate your hearts. The writer of Okja should be so proud of this masterpiece.