(K. Brent Tomer),
IN LIFE, as in art, “Okja” has been causing consternation to big corporations. At the Cannes screening of the new film, the logo of its studio Netflix, was booed. French authorities insist on a three-year gap between a film’s theatrical release and its online streaming release. As a result, Netflix has refused to show its films in French theatres. The old guard—epitomised by the Cannes jury—have cast themselves as a creative David to Netflix’s charmless corporate Goliath. But, as Bong Joon Ho, the South Korean director of “Okja”, has pointed out, Netflix was the only studio willing to let him tell the story of “Okja” as he and his co-writer, Jon Ronson, conceived it, gore and all. The result shows that Netflix was right to do so.
Okja, a car-sized, pig-like creature with the face of an amiable hippo, was conceived by the Mirando corporation to bring down meat costs and…Continue reading