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OKJA
June 28, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

MOVIE PREMIERE: This movie caused quite a stir when it premiered last month at the Cannes Film Festival, both because of its unexpectedly inventive sci-fi elements and for the fact that it was a Netflix original unveiled at the revered French festival. (If it’s a movie made for television, what is it doing at Cannes? But get used to the new world order, France.) Anyway, Okja is the movie’s name for a genetically modified (and at this point mythical, but entirely believable) “super-pig” – a giant, gentle amalgam of pig, manatee and puppy dog. An Sea Hyun plays the young teenaged Korean girl who befriends the animal, and tries to save it from a grisly scientific fate. Co-stars include Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton. Swinton also appeared in Snowpiercer, another imaginative film by this movie’s director, Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho.

 
 
 
 
 
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