Okja was released in 2017 and is directed by Bong Joon Ho. The film stars Ahn Seo-hyun as a girl who has developed a touching bond with her pig like animal friend who was created by a corporation through Genetic mutation. The animal is named Okja and has been living with Mija the girl since last ten years. The film stars an ensemble cast including Jake Gyllenhaal , Tilda Swinton , Paul Duno , Steven Yeun , Shirley Henderson and Devon Bostick.
The film has very simple theme related to animal love but if you dig right into it Bong Joon Ho has his own way of expressing societal issues through his movies. The film depicts how humans only use and pet animals for their advantage . Even if they die , they are eaten. Animals serve their entire life to humanity directly or indirectly.
Overall : 8/10
Bananas for acting : 8/10
Bananas for Direction : 9/10
Bananas for Story : 9/10
Bananas for Screenplay & Cinematography : 8/10
Bananas for Music : 8/10
Bananas for Hype : 8/10
Bananas for Commercial Performance : 7/10
You must watch this film if you like films which are touching , emotional , adventure , action , thought provoking and based on society. This movie conveys a very special message through Okja and Mija’ s friendship.
The film will touch in some sequences in the starting when Mija is falling of a hill or when she hugs Okja . These scenes try to create an emotional bond with the audiences as well as giving goosebumps at the same time. The film also contains a scene in the ending where we feel sad and heartbroken at the condition of the piglets who are being slaughtered just to fulfill the hunger of humans.
The direction of the film is silent yet speaks as well as the cinematography and the editing. The acting performances are nice especially Jake Gyllenhaal’s as he has played much more of a crazy character in this film. Music in the film is okay.
The story of the film revolves around Mija who has been playing with Okja since she was four , who realizes that Okja is going to be taken away by the corporation to New York where she will be sent for the competition and then she will be slaughtered for sausages. The film takes a turn when an animal rights organization attacks the authority and save Okja but to expose the bad deeds of the cooperation , Okja is sent to New York with Cameras installed in her so that she can collect evidence against the company.
The film’s ending is happy with sadness in it because Mija gets her animal back but hundreds of other Okja like animals are being slaughtered daily and Mija can’t do anything about it.