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Okja

  • 2017
  • 120min
  • 85%
  • 7.6 / 10

Young and benevolent caretaker Mija puts herself in a dangerous adventure to save her constant companion and dearest friend for 10 years - a humongous pig named Okja, who is being taken by image-obsessed and self-professed environmentalist Lucy Mirando from South Korea all the way to New York.

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Netflix and Plan B Entertainment picked up the film with a budget of $50 million. Several independent South Korean theaters auspiciously screened the film. From 300, 953 sold tickets, the film's earnings amounted to a total of 2,271,855,400 KRW (2,128,019 USD). Initially, Okja received a negative response from its audience at the Cannes Film Festival in two instances. The first was when the audience saw the opening logo of Netflix at the beginning of the film. The second was during a technical glitch that caused the wrong projection of aspect ratio for the first seven minutes of the film. The organizers of the film later apologized for the glitch. Despite its initial negative reception, the film received a standing ovation that lasted for four minutes. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes garnered an 87% approval rating for Okja, while on Metacritic, the film received a weighted average score of 75/100 based on 36 critics.

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Directed by Bon Joon-ho and written by Bong and Jon Ronson, Okja is a 2017 action-adventure film that stars a diverse ensemble cast from Hollywood and South Korea. The cast is led by South Korean child star Ahn-Seo-hyun. Other South Korean stars included in the film are Byun Hee-bong, Yoon Je-moon, and Choi Woo-shik. Its Hollywood cast features Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Shirley Henderson, Daniel Henshall, Devon Bostick, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jake Gyllenhaal. The film first premiered on Netflix on June 28, 2017. On May 18, 2017, it had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.