Snowpiercer, the staggeringly ambitious dystopian masterwork from Bong Joon-Ho, never really got the love it deserved thanks to some major pettiness on behalf of Harvey Weinstein, who made sure the film was released with almost zero publicity. Well, it seems as though the experience totally soured Joon-Ho on the traditional Hollywood machine. The South Korean cult auteur has taken his next film Okja, to the greener, director-friendly pastures of Netflix.
On Tuesday, the streaming giant dropped the first teaser for Joon-Ho's hotly anticipated follow-up, about a young girl named Mija (Seo-Hyeon Ahn), who puts it all on the line to help save her best friend—the titular monster Okja—from a sinister corporation led by Tilda Swinton's deranged scientist. According to the official synopsis, Okja will track Mija as she faces "the harsh realities of genetically modified food experimentation, globalization, eco-terrorism, and humanity." So yeah, E.T. this is not.
While the teaser only offers us a glimpse of the monster, we still get a sense that Okja's goals don't necessarily align with traditional creature features. Anyone who saw Snowpiercer knows that Joon-Ho is a visionary with big ideas about class, politics, climate, human nature and many more big ideas about what it is we're all doing here. It's no wonder stars like Jake Gyllenhaal, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Dano, and Lily Collins also signed on. Ask big questions, get big stars.
Okja hits Netflix on June 28. Watch the teaser above.