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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.

It’s but a week and a day until the Manolos take to the red carpet for the opening of the most glamorous summer event of the cinema year, the Cannes Film Festival. By coincidence, it’s also just a week and a day until the beginning of the sweaty, arduous, expensive, poorly nourished, constantly dehydrated, distinctly unglamorous queuing marathon that is the completely separate and unrelated Cannes Film Festival (For Critics). But for all its discomforts and inconveniences, when you get a lineup like this year, we wouldn’t have it any other way, except maybe to wish that the sandwich place nearest the Debussy line was just a bit more generous with the fillings. Continue reading The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2017 Cannes Film Festival at The Playlist.

We can think of a few films that might challenge it (we are getting new Paul Thomas Anderson, of course), but in general, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja” might be the single movie that we’re most looking forward to in 2017. The Korean director is one of the most exciting and talented filmmakers in the world right now: from “Memories Of Murder” through “The Host” to “Snowpiercer,” he’s been a consistently surprising and original director whose work is utterly distinctive. Continue reading Tilda Swinton Introduces You To The World Of Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Okja’ In Hilarious Viral Clip at The Playlist.

The times, they are a changin’. Last week, the Cannes Film Festival turned a few heads when it announced the addition of two Netflix titles to the festival. Bong Joon-ho‘s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach‘s “The Meyerowitz Stories” will both appear on this year’s lineup of films, with “Okja” competing for this year’s Palme d’Or. Continue reading Netflix’s Cannes Film Festival Selections Run Afoul Of French Exhibitors at The Playlist.

We’re all preparing for Bong Joon-Ho‘s awesome looking “Okja,” to the extent that we want to enjoy that first, before thinking about what he’s doing to be doing after. But apparently the filmmaker has already decided on his next movie. According to AsianWiki (take with a grain of salt and all that), the filmmaker is reteaming with his “The Host” and “Memories of Murder” star Song-Kang Ho for “Parasite.” Not many other details are being revealed, except that the film will “revolve around a family going through a disturbance,” which sounds right in the director’s wheelhouse. Continue reading Bong Joon-Ho Will Reportedly Direct ‘Parasite’ Next at The Playlist.