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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.

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.

While Netflix has proven a boon to creatives who want to tell original stories, there is one drawback that gets lost in the conversation: sometimes, you want to see those Netflix original productions on the big screen. And while the streaming service has done cursory theatrical bows for their pictures, the fact is that most people wind up watching it on their laptop, mobile device or television. Which is all to say that I hope Bong Joon-Ho‘s upcoming “Okja” does have a shot at hitting the multiplex. Continue reading Discover ‘Okja’ With The First Trailer For Bong Joon-Ho’s New Film With Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, More at The Playlist.

With his only appearance on the big screen this year coming in the farty indie movie “Swiss Army Man,” it might seem like Paul Dano has been laying low. But the actor is now filming his directorial debut “Wildlife,” and next year, he’ll be in homes across the globe in Bong Joon-Ho‘s Netflix produced flick “Okja.” And once he’s done with this work behind the camera, Dano is starting line up projects that’ll bring him in front of the camera. Continue reading Paul Dano Will Hunt ‘The Englishman’ at The Playlist.

A24 acquired domestic rights to polarizing Sundance pic Swiss Army Man after the festival premiere in January. Such is its confidence in Daniel Radcliffe’s flatulent, rotting corpse, that it’s now going to bring the movie to the world, also taking global rights and partnering with distributors and platforms to market and release overseas. I hear that deals in some majors markets are already closed and more are forthcoming. The initiative to take foreign on the film, which…