Okja on Netflix: Plot, Cast & More

Tilda Swinton and Bong Joon-Ho speak at a press conference for Okja in Seoul, South Korea on June 14, 2017.

The Netflix original movie, starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and An Seo Hyun premieres Wednesday, June 28. It centers on a young girl (Hyun) attempting to save a pig-like creature, Okja, as Swinton and her powerful cohorts attempt to turn the animal into commoditized meat. Here are five facts about the film.

  1. Okja was one of two Netflix films screened at Cannes last month. Director Bong Joon Ho, originally intended for Okja to hit the big screen.
  2.  The movie was also shot in Korean, and featured a different cast sporting different costumes.
  3. The film features a fictional meat company, the Mirando Corporation, but exposes real issues that the industry faces. Bong’s goal isn’t necessarily to turn the audience into vegetarians, but to make them aware of the industry’s controversies.“I don’t have a problem with meat consumption itself, but I do want my audience to consider, at least once, where the food on their plate comes from,” he said in an interview. “And, if one is to do that, I believe the level of meat consumption will gradually decline.”
  4. The movie is just as visually pleasing as it is informative. Swinton appears albino-like with white skin and hair, and portrays a clean, minimalist aesthetic throughout the film. She sports high heels by Tom Ford and a breezy dress by Creatures of the Wind. Gyllenhaal’s character, a TV zoologist and veterinarian, wears a uniform of khaki cargo shorts and a blazer paired with safari-printed shirts.
  5. Swinton sports a custom-made pink Chanel gown at the end of the movie. The actress, who was the muse of Chanel’s Metiers d’Art collection in 2013, used her connections with the luxury house for the partnership. “We loved the idea of the Chanel dress and the fact that Lucy is wearing Chanel,” said the film’s costume designer Catherine George. “It’s part of her stature.”

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