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Arc-Vile
Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:04 am Reply with quote
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Director Bong Joon-Ho is assembling a stellar cast for his next film, which has been described as a cross-continental monster movie.

Tilda Swinton is returning to work with Bong on the project, and she'll be joined by four other high profile talents who've been paired up before - Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano, and Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald.

The story is said to revolve around a rural girl from Korea who travels between her country and the United States. Dialogue will reportedly alternate between English and Korean. Filming aims to kick off early next year.


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Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:35 am Reply with quote
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Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald have joined helmer Bong Joon-ho's Korean monster movie which Netflix and Plan B are co-producing. The film is one of the first features in Asia to be backed by Netflix which is expected to launch in South Korea in 2016. Talking about the project, Bong tells Variety that the film has a monster named OKJA but he's not that scary:

"It is a bulky animal, but with a mild and kind spirit. The film is about a warm friendship between a country girl and a brute with stories. To me, the crazy world surrounding Okja and the girl looks more like a monster. I want to depict the two characters' bizarre journey and adventure across the tough world in an original fashion."

Bong confirms that he has both complete creative freedom and a bigger budget than that of SNOWPIERCER which had a $40M budget. The film is currently in pre-production ahead of a shoot that will begin in April next year and span locations in Korea and the U.S.

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"Snowpiercer" and "The Host" helmer Bong Joon-Ho returns soon with "Okja," an original sci-fi drama feature for Netflix about a young girl who risks everything to prevent a multi-national from kidnapping her best friend who happens to be a massive animal.

The project is currently in the midst of production with photos from some location shooting this week going viral yesterday due to the unique costumes that two of the film's stars, Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, were wearing on set as their characters.

In the wake of those photos going online, the streaming giant decided to release the first publicity still from the feature which is sadly a far less exciting shot of Swinton and Giancarlo Esposito in more demure outfits. Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Kelly Macdonald, and Steven Yeun also star in the film which will premiere next year.
http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/44153/first-photos-bong-joon-ho-s-okja

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Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:41 am Reply with quote
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Jake Gyllenhaal has been out doing press for Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” recently, but the actor made headlines a few months ago for his elaborate attire which he sported whilst filming “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-Ho’s new film “Okja” alongside Tilda Swinton.

The Playlist sat down with Gyllenhaal this week and asked him about “Okja” to which he excitedly explained how he and the Korean filmmaker had long been planning to work together but couldn’t find the right vehicle until now:

“We tried for a decade to do something and then we were meeting up about another project, another thing he was producing. We were sitting in New York maybe a year and a half ago, maybe a little more. And I said, ‘What are you working on?’ And he tells me, ‘I’m drawing these drawings for a movie I’m thinking about doing’ and he shows me this picture of this… creature and this little Korean girl next to the creature.

I asked, ‘What is that?’ ‘I’m thinking of making a children’s movie.’ ‘Is there a part for me?’ And he was like, ‘Hmmmm, I think maybe. Let me get back to you.’ And then he was like, ‘There is a part for you.’ I said, ‘I don’t care I’ll do it. I don’t even need to read it.’ And then I read it and it was so great. He’s like, ‘It’s this doctor and he’s a mad man and he has an animal show.’ And I was like, ‘I’m already in!'”

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Four years after SNOWPIERCER, Korean master Bong Joon-ho is on the cusp of releasing his next high concept sci-fi opus OKJA. Netflix is backing the $53 million project, and has just launched the first teaser in Korea.

Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and more star alongside several Korean actors in the English and Korean language film, including lead An Seo-hyun, who plays Mija, a young girl trying to protect a large creature from the grips of a multi-national corporation.

Netflix will release the film in June through its global online service, but there have been hints that the film may receive a theatrical release in some markets, including Korea. Many predict that the film could debut at Cannes in May.

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Trailer!
https://youtu.be/rdOZ_EYGVt8

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Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:54 am Reply with quote
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When Netflix acquired “Snowpiercer” and “The Host” director Bong Joon-ho’s $50 million new feature “Okja,” there was a lot of positive reaction about the film being picked up in many circles.

One group showing hesitation though were cinephiles who understandably want to see the film on the big screen – not at home streaming. Well, good news for them today as Netflix has confirmed the film is set to receive limited day-and-date theatrical releases in South Korea and the United States.

Next Entertainment World will handle Korea’s run of the film, further details on the U.S. run are unavailable at this time. The film sees a Korean girl (Ahn Seo-hyun) risk everything to prevent a multinational company from kidnapping her best friend, a beast called Okja.

Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins and Paul Dano co-star in the film which will premiere on Netflix in June in over 190 countries.

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Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:53 am Reply with quote
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Bong Joon-ho is back!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjCebKn4iic

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Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:13 pm Reply with quote
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For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja, a massive animal and an even bigger friend - at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO has big plans for Mija's dearest friend.

Touching and very thoughful. The director of Memories of Murders, The Host, Mother and Snowpiercer is back with another amazing tale.

Director: Bong Joon-ho
Running time: 118 minutes
Released: 2017

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Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:06 am Reply with quote
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Really enjoyed this one. Everyone should catch it.

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