Okja 2017 Film Review

Okja Film Review   



The Plot

With money to be made off a frenzied market of supplying food to the masses, we begin the story of Okja. Tilda Swinton plays the industry-driven CEO of Mirando Corp, Lucy Mirando, who has devised and implemented the purpose of the super pigs.

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When the top selected super pigs are delivered to farmers around the world, to document the growth and development of these pigs. Okja ends up on a mountain side in Korea with an amusing grandpa and his cute but bold granddaughter Mi Ja (played by Ahn Seo Hyun). Mi Ja was 4 years old when piglet Okja arrived.

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The story follows a now adult Okja, who lives freely and appears to be happy and content living with Mi Ja and her Grandfather.

However, the day comes when Okja is to be taken back to the lab for testing and that her time being raised domestically has come to an end. After the lab tests, Okja is going to debut at a contest event showcased to the world out of New York City.

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Lucy Mirando decides to bring Mi Ja to the US to try and shed the bad publicity that occurred in Korea. Mi Ja has another chance to try and save Okja from a terrible fate.

The film’s language rotates between the English (cast actors) and Korean (cast actors).  

Surprise role, with Steven Yeun from the Walking Dead, plays an animal rights activist involved with the Animal Liberation Front. He ends up translating for Mi Ja from English to Korean in a few scenes when she is unable to understand what other activists are saying to her.

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Why You Should Watch It?

The story of a kindred friendship and love for another being, be it a family pet, is powerful but also sheds light on the dark side of the meat industry and the cruel practices used to supply the meat people consume to sustain. The message is clear with a strong point of respect and love for the life of animals through Mi Ja as we see her unwavering dedication of loyalty to her big friend.


Okja is rated mature as there are some action violence and foul language, so despite Okja piggy being adorable and appealing to children on screen, please be aware of the language content.

Personal Rating: 5/10

Reasons: Some areas of the story were lacking and in need of tighter polishing up of loopholes, in my personal opinion, to make more sense. Some questions feel unanswered, but, nevertheless, Okja is a very visually entertaining and imaginative film, with standout and memorable characters.  

Rewatch Value: 3/10

Have you watched this film? If yes, did you like it?
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    rose 27 days ago

    I have seen this movie and let me tell you is beautiful and sad at the same time... I give it 8-10. it teach you that even animals have feelings and even smart.

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    All_In Jul 18, 2017

    I read a critic review of this movie, and they were pretty rough on it as well. Because it is on Netflix I might give it a go but I tend to stay away from movies that push an agenda because it is really hard to make that enjoyable and worthwhile. And it's summer and I do want enjoyable.

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    SuperDrama101ohyea Jul 18, 2017

    This review score is total bullshit.

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    Am- Jul 18, 2017

    I only wanted to watch it at first because of Steven Yeun and I love him to death. This review doesn't put me off from wanting to watch it, just waiting to watch it to see if I agree with your opinion.

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    Zardua_ Jul 17, 2017 - edited

    I haven't watched this yet, but from what i've heard from others 5/10 is harsh. I don't think i've ever watched a drama on here with an overall rating less than 6/10, as under that i'd consider it to be a drama/movie that isnt worth the time I put into it. I'm vegetarian already, and I only really watch things with happy endings, i'm not sure when i'll get around to this but I will eventually

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      ruby Jul 17, 2017

      hmm, i was already aware of the ethicality of not consuming meat but i still thought plot-wise this was a movie that was very well done. i think i'd still recommend watching this movie anyways and put aside the 5/10 this reviewer gave and make your own opinion and thoughts on this film! :)

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    Akaisora Jul 17, 2017 - edited

    I want to watch this, but I'm afraid to, because I'm scared it won't have a happy ending... could someone spoil the ending for me, please? (If you do, please put it under spoiler tag.)

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    ruby Jul 17, 2017 - edited

    this movie was fucking awesome esp as a vegan i'm so glad amazing films like this are out there!

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      Ram Jul 17, 2017

      Why does being vegan make this movie enjoyable? Also should i watch it?

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      Alessa Jul 17, 2017

      Because it kind of... puts on the table what the meat industry is, kind of.
      It's a great movie indeed.

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      ruby Jul 17, 2017

      hey @ram! kind of like what @alessa said it just basically encompasses the ethical aspects why i am vegan, a lot of people don't connect the food on their plate to what goes on behind the scenes with these massive corporations and mass murder and exploitation of animals. i can totally understand why many people are turned off by this movie, but personally i think this is a movie that should be more widely recognized and watched. go ahead and give it a shot and make your own opinions on it! :)

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    SuperDrama101ohyea Jul 17, 2017

    This movie is a masterpiece, don't list to this guy, it's 10 out of 10 and it was so worth watching, it even got an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes

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    fallensnowflakes Jul 17, 2017

    I did watch this film, and I didn't like it. But I think it was worth watching it. There's social commentary about capitalism and animal factory production. But I wish it would tone down the liberal vibes because I cringed too much with the exaggerated stuff.

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    Valczey Jul 17, 2017

    I've watched this and it was a hearbreaking story for mija and okja yet very funny coz i laughed a lot. I really like this movie even there are some unsolved mysteries till the end. 7.5/10 for this movie.

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    minhsuga Jul 16, 2017

    don't watch this movie unless you're planning to never eat meat again. that being said, choi woo shik was SUCH a scene stealer!!

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    foreverwitchy Jul 16, 2017

    5/10...really? did we watch the same movie...

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