OKJA
Film - Retrospective | Bong Joon Ho Filmfest 2019

OKJA

Directed by Bong Joon Ho

Info

Director: Bong Joon Ho
Section: Retrospective | Bong Joon Ho
Country: Republic of Korea, USA
Year: 2017
Language: English, Korean
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Seo-hyun Ahn, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano
18+

Logline

OKJA

The food of the future is here, and it's bacon-tastic! That's what the Miranda Corporation is promising. It's created a variety of superpigs in order to appeal to people's taste buds and to counter food shortages. Mija is less happy about the fact that Okja, a pig she's raised, is to be slaughtered — and she's not the only one. With the support of animal-rights activists, Mija and her prize animal go on a big adventure that's as comical as it is emotional. It's turbulent, too: after all, the corporation doesn't want the object of its prestige to slip out from under its nose. This is a one-time chance: this lavishly produced Netflix film is on the big screen in Germany for the first time!

Meet the director

OKJA

Bong Joon Ho

Born in Daegu, South Korea, in 1969, Bong Joon Ho studied psychology at Yonsei University in Seoul before completing a two-year program at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. His first feature film, BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE, about a university lecturer who kidnaps undesirable dogs, was critically acclaimed and shown at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 2001. His breakthrough came with his second film, MEMORIES OF MURDER (2003), about a real series of murders. The satirical monster movie THE HOST (2006) and the science-fiction film SNOWPIERCER (2013) with its international cast drew more than nine million moviegoers each in South Korea, placing them both among the 20 most successful films of all time in that country. Bong's latest film, PARASITE (2019), which is showing this year in the CineMasters section at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, was awarded the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.

Credits

Screenplay: Bong Joon Ho, Jon Ronson
Director of Photography: Darius Khondji
Film Editor: Meeyeon Han, Jin-mo Yang
Composer: Jaeil Jung
Production Designer: Ha-jun Lee, Kevin Thompson
Costume Design: Se-yeon Choi
Production Company: Plan B Entertainment
World Sales: Netflix