Many are quick to call ‘Snowpiercer’ director Bong Joon-ho’s new film a monster movie. However, the filmmaker would say that the classification of ‘Okja’ would be inaccurate. Though it may be named for a mysterious creature, the titular character is “a very shy and introverted animal”. So then what exactly is the movie about? The renowned South Korean writer and director recently gave us some insight.

While speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Joon-ho teased his upcoming project about a young South Korean girl’s adventures in New York City with her monstrous friend by releasing some new images from ‘Okja’. Additionally, he shared a storyboard featuring Lily Collins’ Red running around Wall Street and offered some insight to what is going on:

“Red is part of a group of animal rights activists that figure into the story. On Wall Street, it’s the heart of capitalism. On the surface is a story about an animal, but it’s essentially a story about capitalism.”


And here’s the third image from EW, which is presumably from the storyboarded scene:


It should be interesting to see what the filmmaker can do with this subtext considering how well he tackled economic inequality in his last English-language film. Also, since the movie is a Netflix production, he’s sure to have plenty of creative freedom, which was something that alluded him while working with the Weinstein Company.

Are you looking forward to ‘Okja’ to hit Netflix next year? What do you think of the latest look at Bong Joon-ho latest film? Let us know in the comments. 

‘Okja’ starring Ahn Seo-hyun, Lily Collins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Giancarlo Esposito, and Paul Dano starts streaming on Netflix in Summer 2017.

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