Have you ever thought about what the future holds for us? Many see the future as being treacherous with Donald Trump being in power and a large number of people are thought to die at the age of 65 if they continue to be obese but what about the supplies? Okja is about a super-pig which has been developed and modified by the Mirando Foundation and is being brought up in the mountains of Seoul, South Korea by a young girl called Mija. Okja and Mija have a bond which most would see as unbreakable until CEO Lucy Mirando takes back her prize pig to show off to the world. Mija then becomes involved with a disparate group of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja.
Super-pigs that are just an inch smaller than your average elephant is definitely something that takes a wild imagination to come up with. Nevertheless, Okja shows the harsh reality that is happening in the world today with links to animal cruelty and torture. We don’t know what the future holds for us but this isn’t far off from what it could become. As crazy and delirious as it sounds, Okja is the next step in making the public think differently about what they eat today.
Tilda Swinton (Lucy Mirando) plays her character with such sophistication and sassiness. She made it so believable, becoming the horrible, disgusting business woman that doesn’t give a care in the world about what happens to an oversized pig. All she cares about is the money that will be flowing into her bank account. Seo-Hyen Ahn (Mija) makes an outstanding performance, her love for Okja is all that you will believe in. Jake Gyllenhaal (Johnny Wilcox) is definitely out of his comfort zone with this character but pulls it off so well. His comedic timings and drunken persona make him so much more disgusting, a character which you hate with a passion every time he appears on the screen.
Using highly developed CGI techniques and millions of dollars from Netflix, Bong Joon-Ho has made the world fall in love with a super-pig. Okja is destined to go to the slaughterhouse to become the next family meal. However, following her journey, you become an activist yourself, the whole audience watching Okja on their sofas become one large family of activists. I fell right into that category, I struggled to sit in my comfy leather reclining sofa as the super-pig was being forced to mate with a much larger and stronger pig. Even though I knew this was a fictional character, you can’t help relate it to what is happening in today’s society.
Am I going to become vegan because of this film? No, but am I going to think differently about what I am eating, yes definitely. Most people don’t look into where their meat has come from or how the animals have been treated before buying them off the shelves of their local supermarkets. I’m still very much a meat-eater but this film has changed my views and perspective. Okja is a film of directing perfection, with a dark hint of truthful reality.