Director Bong Joon-ho has a new movie coming out, and while Joon-ho was introduced to Western audiences in 2007 with The Host he wants to assure audiences that his new movie Okja isn't another monster movie. Okja is the name of a "mysterious creature" but Joon-ho told Entertainment Weekly that 'Okja' is a different sort of creature, while giving them a first look at the Netflix-exclusive movie.
"It's a very shy and introverted animal. It's a unique animal that we've not seen before."
The story is about a young woman named Mija (Ahn Seohyum) and Okja on an adventure that eventually leads them to New York City. Joon-ho provided a storyboard for a chase that follows Red (Lily Collin) as she runs through the city.
Joon-ho is very much known for making his films about politics, and he is not subtle about them, either. It looks like Okja won't be any different.
"Red is part of a group of animal rights activists that figure into the story," said Joon-ho, who filmed in the Financial District. "On Wall Street, it's the heart of capitalism," the director notes. "On the surface is a story about an animal, but it's essentially a story about capitalism."
Okja is directed by Bong Joon-ho and stars Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Devon Bostick, Byun Hee-bong, and Shirley Henderson. It will released on Netflix in 2017.