Tilda Swinton reunites with Snowpiercer filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho with his latest epic adventure Okja. The narrative centers on a determined young girl’s (An Seo Hyun) quest to rescue the animal (aka the titular protagonist) she raised in the mountains of South Korea. Swinton is the head of the Mirando Corporation, a powerful business entity that has commissioned farmers to raise this genetically manufactured pigs and show the world a more efficient way of consuming meat. Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano co-star in the feature.
Okja’s cinematic influences reaches at the top of the ladder, as the filmmaker behind Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle played an important role int he movie’s aesthetic. “Director Bong talked about Hayao Miyazaki who we both worship like so many,” said Swinton. “There is something about the environment of a Miyazaki film that is beyond emotion and it’s beyond cinema . . . it’s a place you can go to. I always think if I’m in a coma I want someone to play me some Miyazaki music from (My Neighbor Totoro) or show me a screen with a Miyazaki sky.That atmosphere and environment is something that informed Okja’s mountain.”
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Okja is now streaming on Netflix and is playing in select theaters.