Okja is the title of the movie and the name of a tender, cute and unlucky giant pig, created in a lab by a multinational society hungry of glory and profits, the Mirando Corporation. He is entrusted with custody to young Mija, (Korean actress Seo-Hyeon Ahn,) who is very fond of Okja, but unaware of Okja’s true destiny, to become slaughterhouse meat for the company’s profit.
The love of the little girl who seeks to oppose the cruel fate of Okja compels her to leave the mountains of South Korea and journey to New York to save the super pig. Meanwhile, the company has set up a show that will crown Okja the winner of the contest in front of a huge crowd before he is massacred far from cameras in the dark of the slaughterhouse.
Directed by Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer,) the film has sparked controversy at the Cannes Film Festival, but beyond the discord between the big screen and streaming (this film is available on Netflix only), this film has all the requirements to be considered a new classic for kids.
Okja is the bearer of an important message, a shiver of consciousness in a society that lives to profit without taking into account the consequences and side effects. It’s a complaint against the breeding of animals for slaughter. Mija and Okja are the innocent figures who hold us by the hand during this trip.
The comic relief is aided by the presence of two characters such as Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange) in the role of Lucy Mirando, the head of the corporation, and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals) in the role of Dr. Jonny Wilcox, the popular public face of the scam. An intriguing sub plot is comes in the encounter between the little Mija and a group of animal rights activists, impossible not to recognize the faces of the stunning Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror,) Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine.)
So many emotions come to light while watching this movie: anger, sadness, joy, compassion and passion creating the perfect blend. Okja is available to stream only on Netflix and a movie worthy of the big screen, but one which we’re probably not ready for yet.