From director Bong Joon Ho, popular with Netflix subscribers after his monster movie The Host and his Chris-Evans-leads-a-train-rebellion action movie Snowpiercer, Okja tells the story of Mija (newcomer An Seo Hyun), the caretaker of Okja, an oversized pig who roams the mountains of South Korea. But when the Mirando Corporation catches wind of the animal's existence, the CEO (Tilda Swinton) captures the beast to clone its DNA and create a new breed for meat harvesting. As she says in the trailer, with Cruella de Vil-like giddiness, the pigs will revolutionize livestock by leaving a minimal footprint on the environment, consuming less feed, and producing less excretions.
"And most importantly, they need to taste fucking good."
What transpires is part E.T., part Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and part King Kong, with Mija setting out to the big city to rescue her kidnapped animal friend, and the environmental message coming through loud and clear. Okja looks like another hit for Bong Joon Ho, and a win for anyone with a Netflix account.