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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 05.18.17] Republic of Korea scifi action drama adventure

Oh Bong Joon Ho. You crazy, crazy man.

We all knew that Joon Ho's new movie was a creature feature but I'm pretty certain no one expected it to be about a giant pig. That's right. Okja is, for all intensive purposes, a giant swine.

Seo-Hyun Ahn stars as Mija, a young girl whose best friend is a massive animal she's named Okja. Her idyllic life is turned upside down when a multi-national company, the face of which is none other than Tilda Swinton, swoops in to take the animal - the first of what they hope is a new source of meat. Devastated and willing to do anything to rescue her best friend, Mija teams up with a ragtag group of animal rights activists, led by Paul Dano, to rescue her pet.

Okja also stars Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Devon Bostick, Giancarlo Esposito and Jake Gyllenhaal.

This looks like typical Joon Ho wackiness with plenty of heart thrown in for good measure. By far the most exciting moments in the trailer are Swinton being completely over-the-top and Esposito who, I must admit, is always a total joy to watch.

Okja premieres May 19 at Cannes and will be available on Netfix June 28.

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