Okja (2017)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 28, 2017
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2017
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Consensus: Okja sees Bong Joon-ho continuing to create defiantly eclectic entertainment -- and still hitting more than enough of his narrative targets in the midst of a tricky tonal juggling act.

Barry Hertz
Globe and Mail

A super-pig of a film that is overstuffed almost to the point of nausea.

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Stephanie Zacharek
TIME Magazine

It invites viewers to cheer the bad guys and feel superior for doing so. Yet it's a film that, behind its veneer of winsome adorableness, seems to express contempt for just about everyone.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Beautifully shot and wonderfully acted, Okja is a story about love, resistance, bullies, and how we treat the most defenseless on the planet.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Okja is a populist enviro-fable that's part pet-rescue drama, part mad farce, all Bong Joon Ho.

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Peter Debruge

Shot in bright, cinematic widescreen by DP Darius Khondji, this Netflix-produced feature belongs on the big screen, where no one would mistake Okja for a real animal, and yet the CG is convincing enough to suspend disbelief.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

While Mija and Okja are the heart and soul of the story, Bong does not stint on assembling an international cast to fill out what are often tiny parts.

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Steve Pond

It's messy and alive, frustrating and fun.

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Eric Kohn

Okja fires in a lot of directions, but finds its way to a strong payoff; despite an underwhelming confrontation in its final moments, it arrives at a thoughtful epilogue that brings the drama full circle.

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Chelsea Tatham
Tampa Bay Times

The breakout film ... is part fable, part action flick and part lovable animal drama.

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