Bizarre ‘Okja’ Promo Features Tilda Swinton Discussing Pigs' Nightmares
When Okja was announced to be Bong Joon Ho's next feature film, we knew were in for a treat. After all, this is the mastermind behind dark sci-fi hits like Snowpiercer (starring Chris Evans) and The Host.
His latest exploit is Okja, a Netflix Original about a young girl whose wild (and monstrous) companion is abducted by the Mirando Corporation. Bong Joon Ho has a knack for creating wild beasts, but it seems like in this film, the real monster might be Swinton's terrifyingly creepy villain.
In the video released, Lucy Mirando (Swinton) acts as spokesperson for Mirando Corporation in which she justifies its possession of pigs (for what, we're not quite sure, perhaps animal testing or slaughtering) by explaining that Mirando pigs have peaceful dreams, unlike ordinary pigs.
Then, because Mirando is very obviously up to no good, the entire message about animal cruelty ends with "the secret to great tasting tenderloins - tenderness," because they still apparently eat their dreaming pigs anyway. Which raises some even more terrifying questions about what on earth Mirando wants to do with Okja.
The official synopsis for the film promises a layered tale much more complex than that of a rescue mission. It would appear the film will tackle topics such as corruption and greed - something very apparent from Swinton's creepy performance above - as well as love and sacrifice. Read it below:
With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.
Tilda Swinton will be joined by the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, who will sport a Burt Reynolds-styled stache, along with An Seo Hyun, Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead, Voltron: Legendary Defender), and Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments).
Okja will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month, and then release on Netflix on June 28, 2017.