Okja looks like it will be a very weird movie. And while fans of director Bong Joon-ho, the mind behind riveting sci-fi features like Snowpiercer and The Host, couldn’t eat that up more, it may take a little more to sell the casual Netflix viewer on the latest film from one of the greatest living filmmakers on the planet.
Hence the new release of eye-catching character posters of the star-studded cast of Okja, which includes names like Tilda Swinton, Steven Yeun and Jake Gyllenhaal, and a featurette introducing the Korean newcomer and star, An Seo Hyun.
Read More »
There have been plenty of movies where an unsuspecting kid stumbles upon some kind of friendly creature, only to have the government or some greedy corporation want it for their own purposes. However, you’ve never seen that story in the hands of a director like Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer).
Okja can best be described as E.T. The Extra Terrestrial meets Michael Clayton with a bit of Heat thrown in there for good measure. A young girl finds her hippopotamus-like friend Okja taken away from her home in the mountains of South Korea in order to be turned into a food source by the Mirando Corporation that has the potential to feed millions of people around the world. What follows is a plan to get her back involving a big heist that will expose all the shady dealings this company has been partaking in.
Watch the Okja trailer below Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
It can sometimes feel impossible to keep up with the original shows and movies Netflix is debuting on their streaming platform, but aside from that (probably profitable) Adam Sandler deal, they have a habit of showing off some pretty good taste. For example, they spent $50 million so the great South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho could make his new movie, Okja. Look, any company interested in being in the Bong Joon-ho business is a company interested in living within the cozy confines of every single movie fan’s heart.
Now, the first Okja trailer has arrived and yeah, this looks like something we’re going to need to watch on day one.
Read More »
Another movie from Bong Joon-ho? Where do we get in line? Technically, we won’t have to line up anywhere when Joon-ho’s new film debuts next summer on Netflix, but you get the idea. The prospect of another monster movie from the director of The Host is impossible to pass up, but the acclaimed filmmaker doesn’t label his latest work a “monster movie.” According to the co-writer/director, Okja is a much friendlier and probably a whole lot less bloodthirsty than the monster from The Host.
Below, check out some new Okja images and read Joon-ho’s comments on the film.
Read More »
We recently learned a Snowpiercer television show is in the works. Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles‘ creator Josh Friedman is leading the way on the series based on Bong Joon-ho‘s creative and thrilling 2014 film. Bong and Oldboy director Chan-wook Park are executive producing the show, for which TNT has already ordered a pilot.
Below, get the latest updates on the Snowpiercer TV series.
Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer turned out to be one of the best films of 2014, but you may recall that its path to U.S. cinemas was a rocky one. The Weinstein Co. picked it up and then tried to chop it up against the director’s wishes. Bong finally emerged victorious — the cut that ultimately got released was the one he wanted — but only after lots of public disagreement and controversy.
Fortunately, Bong’s next effort should have a much easier time making it to American audiences intact. Netflix has just signed on to finance Bong’s Okja to the tune of $50 million. Brad Pitt‘s Plan B is also on board to co-produce. As we reported last month, the star-studded cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Nighy. Get more details on the Netflix Okja news after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 by Angie Han
Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho pulled together an all-star lineup for his first English-language film, Snowpiercer, and got some of the most memorable performances of the year out of them. No surprise, then, that heavyweight talents are eagerly lining up to join his new film Okja. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald, and Bill Nighy are looking to board the multilingual monster pic, joining Tilda Swinton.
Read more about the Jake Gyllenhaal Okja casting after the jump. Read More »
Sometimes the wrong news gets traction. The story that Harvey Weinstein wanted to cut a big chunk from Snowpiercer got a lot of attention, and for good reason. The story made people angry; it’s the sort of thing that really lodges in memory.
We covered the follow-up, reporting that the film would be released uncut in the US. But we didn’t cover it insistently enough. The news of the uncut release isn’t what stuck in the minds of many people. Perhaps Harvey Weinstein has a too-reliable reputation for slicing up films. I’ve talked to many people, in person, on FaceBook, and via Twitter, who assume they should avoid the theatrical release of Snowpiercer. There’s still an assumption that audiences will see a truncated version of the movie.
So this is an attempt to make the situation as clear as possible. There is only one cut of Snowpiercer. That cut is the original and preferred cut overseen by the director, Bong Joon-ho. The same film that played in South Korea and other countries is what you’ll see in US theaters. The movie played on eight US screens last weekend, and opens in many more this week. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
A great sci-fi movie opens this weekend, and it isn’t Transformers. Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer is finally out in the US. The film is in limited release, but it is the original cut. That’s right — Harvey Weinstein relented from his notion of drastically trimming the movie. So we don’t have to live with a version of this social breakdown allegory that is shorn of twenty minutes, and stitched back together with voiceover.
Chis Evans stars in the film as one of a small group that makes up the last of the human population on Earth. These people are all confined to a train that protects the people from sub-arctic conditions outside. Within the little bubble of the train’s society, the remaining civilization has broken down into two factions. The underclass resides at the rear of the train, subsisting on gelatinous processed food cubes and living in squalor. The upper class enjoys outright luxury in the forward cars. Their well-to-do-ness is not relative to the ugly conditions at the back; it looks more like a first-class ticket on the Orient Express.
Tensions come to a head as Evans leads a violent rush from back to front, and a huge cast plays into the action. Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris all have roles. The action is top-notch, the characters are exaggerated to just the right degree, and Bong’s directorial hand is calm and authoritative. Hopefully you’ll be able to get out to see Snowpiercer this weekend; tell us what you thought of the film below. Read More »
After some protracted disagreements with the Weinstein Company, Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer will finally hit theaters this weekend in the form that Bong intended. I’ve been a huge fan of Bong Joon-Ho since I saw Memories of Murder on DVD years ago. I find that he’s able to deftly balance wildly divergent tones in his films, from the zany to the serious, from the fantastical to the relatable.
While I had a few issues with Snowpiercer’s script (particularly some of its third-act exposition), it’s a singular film that’s like nothing else out in theaters right now. If you are lucky enough to have this film playing in a theater near you, definitely check it out.
I had the chance to chat with Bong Joon-Ho when he was here in Seattle hosting a Q&A for the film. We spoke through a translator and discussed the use of violence in Snowpiercer, his script-writing process with Kelly Masterson, and his struggles to get final cut. This interview has been edited for length and clarity, and to eliminate spoilers.
Read More »