Netflix’s ‘Okja’ to Get Dual Theatrical Releases

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Okja,” Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi, fantasy movie by Bong Joon-ho, the Korean director of “Snowpiercer,” is set to receive theatrical releases in South Korea and the U.S.

In Korea, the film’s theatrical outing will be handled by Next Entertainment World, the company said today. Netflix last year acquired NEW’s Korean disaster drama “Pandora,” and sci fi thriller “Lucid Dream.”

Netflix said that the film will also get a limited day-and-date release in the U.S., but it did not disclose further details.

An international production with an investment of $50 million from Netflix, “Okja” will premiere on Netflix in June in over 190 countries. Brad Pitt’s Plan B is involved as a co-producer. With Korea’s An Seo Hyun in the lead, the picture also stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun and Paul Dano.

The film sees a Korean girl risk everything to prevent a multinational company from kidnapping her best friend, a beast called Okja.

Netflix is becoming increasingly active in Korea. Earlier this week it agreed to back period zombie thriller series “Kingdom” by Kim Seong-hun (director of hit movie “Tunnel”) and series writer Kim Eun-hee, who wrote 2016 TV hit “Signal.”

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  1. “SNOWPIECER” (whatever its viewer success) tried the patience of its audience. Hyperbole is not a movie. Financing success is not box office. South Korea is a narrow marketplace and Netflix is a limited viewership. A good film require more than money and talent.

    • François says:

      @malcolm @ Frederick You guys are way off. Snowpiercer was brilliantly paced and socially profound, and carried a deep auteur mark of Bong Joon-ho. There was very little if any studio influence on his work compared to his past films (Memories of Murder, Mother, and the Host). I’m sure Okja will carry his auteurship to the same extent.
      Also Train to Busan was absolute trash, which followed the terrible modern hollywood formula to the nail. Go back to Marvel, plebs.

    • malcolm says:

      Having watched a lot of Korean films and drama Snowpiecer didnt look of feel like a truely Korean one to me and suffered because they were trying to marry a hollywood film and a partly Korean film,Okja looks like it might be more of the same…a shame really as films like Train To Busan proves you dont need to mash up hollywood and Korea to have a hit…

    • cadavra says:

      Another example of an arthouse director who decides to go “slumming” by making a genre film without realizing it’s a completely different discipline. A shame, because the premise was terrific.

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