Popular streaming service Netflix has unveiled a new poster for their upcoming original film, Okja, and with it a reveal of the titular monster. Written and directed by Bong Joon-ho, American audiences first took notice of his films upon 2006’s release of satirical giant monster movie The Host. The director continued to deliver his off brand, quirky sense of humor with post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer. Joon-ho’s latest seeks to further defy genre categorization, which Netflix is currently preparing for release.
In Okja, a young girl named Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been best friends with and caregiver to mountain dwelling beast Okja for 10 years. But when an evil corporation steals Okja and transports the beast to New York, Mija must take on a rescue mission to retrieve her friend from the corporation’s CEO. The Okja teaser trailer not only demonstrated Bong Joon-ho’s unique style, but also gave a glimpse of familiar faces from Snowpiercer. It also hinted at a much more tender monster, one very different than the monster featured in The Host.
With just a few months left until the film’s debut, ComingSoon has revealed the film’s poster that gives a hint of the titular monster’s appearance. Silhouetted against drab industrial coloring, the creature resembles a giant pig, invoking the concept of a much more friendly creature. While Joon-ho’s films have a tendency to contain somewhat controversial metaphors, like the dangers of continued presence of the U.S. military on Korean soil in The Host, the friendship between Mija and Okja at the center of the film is indicative of a much sweeter tone than the director’s previous films. Take a look at the poster:
The Netflix original film stars Tilda Swinton as Lucy Mirando, the CEO responsible for stealing Okja, and sports a much different look than her toothy character from Snowpiercer. The film also stars Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins and newcomer An Seo Hyun. With the streaming service having investing $50 million into the film, Netflix will release Okja in theaters in South Korea and the United States. Okja will receive a limited day-and-date release in the U.S. while also streaming in 190 countries in June.
Between Joon-ho’s ability to blend social commentary with odd spins on genre film, and Netflix’s continued success in delivering original programming, Okja is all but a guaranteed hit. For fans of Swinton taking on yet another weird role, this will be a sure bet.