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Okja” arrived globally last week, though you were probably hard pressed to find it in cinemas. Nonetheless interest was strong around the film. Even in South Korea, where the film was boycotted by three of the country’s major cinema chains due to its simultaneous release on Netflix, “Okja” managed a fourth place finish at the box office. However, the conversation around the film finally appears to be shifting from its release strategy to the message found within. Continue reading Making ‘Okja’ Turned Bong Joon-Ho Pescatarian at The Playlist.

As Bong Joon-Ho‘s “Okja” gears up to hit Netflix, the debate around the company’s impact on theatrical releases and cinema chains refusing to book their movies if they’re going day-and-date on the streaming service continues to unfold. Even in the director’s native South Korea, cinemas are gearing up to block the movie, but Bong Joon-Ho believes this is short sighted thinking. “I fully understand the multiplexes asking for a minimum three-week hold back,” the filmmaker said about the demands being made by cinema owners. Continue reading Believe In ‘Okja’ In New Trailer For Bong Joon-Ho’s Netflix Movie at The Playlist.

In Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” Tilda Swinton plays Lucy Miranda, a first-time CEO who wants to bring her family’s disgraced company into the 21st Century by solving the world’s food shortage problems. She appears at the beginning of the film during a press conference announcing a contest to raise the best “super pig” with different farmers around the country. When this writer saw “Okja” in Cannes Swinton seemed to be channeling a combination of Stepford Wife, Paris Hilton and, in voice and diction, none other than Katy Perry. Continue reading Tilda Swinton Clarifies: She Never Said Her ‘Okja’ Character Was Based On Ivanka Trump at The Playlist.

The South Korean filmmakers are where it’s at and they’ve been leading the wave for international cinema for quite some time, often doing a tonal balancing act of humor, drama, horror, weirdness and more. At the top of the list arguably in Bong Joon Ho, the director behind, “The Host,” “Mother,” “Snowpiercer and his latest, “Okja.” And it sounds like another loopy, strange piece of world cinema. Continue reading Get Drunk, Rebellious & Shabby With Awesome New ‘Okja’ Character Posters at The Playlist.

The pantheon of crushingly lovable cinematic creatures needs to clear a very large alcove, and lay on a good supply of fresh persimmons, for Bong Joon Ho‘s Okja, the eponymous, enormous, hippo-like “superpig” whose covalent bond with her human best friend could pulverize the hardest of hearts. This is the visionary, genre-bending Korean director’s most broadly accessible film ever, not just because it’s largely in English, and not just because its so full of fun and mischief and adventure. Continue reading Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ Is A Gorgeous, Galumphing Big-Screen Triumph [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.

Cannes is officially underway (catch up on our coverage so far), and easily one of the most anticipated movies of the festival is the latest from Bong Joon Ho, the masterful Korean filmmaker behind “Memories Of Murder,” “The Host,” “Mother” and “Snowpiercer.” His second English-language movie has seen Bong escape the distribution issues that came with The Weinstein’s pick up of “Snowpiercer” (which remains unreleased in places in the UK, and was heavily delayed in the US amidst conflicts over the final cut) and take the Netflix dollar. Continue reading Watch The Spectacular Full Trailer For Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ With Tilda Swinton & Jake Gyllenhaal at The Playlist.

Cannes is officially underway (catch up on our coverage so far), and easily one of the most anticipated movies of the festival is the latest from Bong Joon Ho, the masterful Korean filmmaker behind “Memories Of Murder,” “The Host,” “Mother” and “Snowpiercer.” His second English-language movie has seen Bong escape the distribution issues that came with The Weinstein’s pick up of “Snowpiercer” (which remains unreleased in places in the UK, and was heavily delayed in the US amidst conflicts over the final cut) and take the Netflix dollar. Continue reading Watch The Spectacular Full Trailer For Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ With Tilda Swinton & Jake Gyllenhaal at The Playlist.

The debate around Netflix and their dedication to cinema continues to rage. One on side, there are those who argue the streaming service’s priority of availability over traditional release models is killing moviegoing as we know it. Not only that, the introduction of new features like Skip Intro — which extend to non-Netflix produced feature films as well — is actually destroying the very way that movies were intended to be watched by their creators. Continue reading Bong Joon-Ho Explains Why Netflix Wouldn’t Let Him Shoot ‘Okja’ On 35mm at The Playlist.

With the Cannes Film Festival kicking off this week, Netflix is now playing nice before the curtain raises on the streaming service’s film. Things got a big ugly last week when Cannes announced they were changing their rules, and starting next year, any film playing in Competition must have a French theatrical release secured. It was a direct shot at Netflix, who have long earned the scorn of French distributors for not following traditional release rules in the country where any film that hits cinemas in wide release, cannot appear on a streaming service for 36 months. Continue reading Netflix’s Ted Sarados & Bong Joon-Ho Talk Cannes Controversy, ‘Okja’ U.S. & U.K. Theatrical Release Confirmed at The Playlist.