After premiering in competition at Cannes, Bong Joon Ho’s latest film Okja has debuted a new trailer. The film received a mixed reception at the prestigious festival, not because of the film itself, but because many considered the streaming giant’s participation in the festival as inappropriate. However, that didn’t stop the audience from giving it a four minute long standing ovation. Okja features an ensemble cast including Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Byun Heebong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, Jake Gyllenhaal, and An Seo Hyun as “Mija”.
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja—a massive animal and an even bigger friend—at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.
With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.
Okja launches on Netflix on June 28.