Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #6. Bong Joon-ho’s Okja

Bong Joon-ho’s Okja


Director: Bong Joon-ho
Writer: Bong Joon-ho, Jon Ronson

Fans of South Korean auteur Bong Joon-Ho’s 2013 English language debut Snowpiercer will most likely be excited to learn he’s re-teaming with Tilda Swinton for another sci-fi endeavor, Okja, which is the name of a monster befriended by a young girl in a narrative split between New York City and South Korea. Though Snowpiercer received a rather harried theatrical release in 2014 thanks to The Weinstein Company, who wanted to cut the film, Joon-Ho prevailed and the film was a notable VOD moneymaker in the US. In November, Netflix announced it was financing the production for fifty million (Snowpiercer cost forty two million and was one of the most expensive Korean productions ever). With this coin and creative control, we’re looking forward to what Okja is going to look like.

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins, Shirley Henderson, Giancarlo Esposito

Production Co./Producer(s): Netflix, Plan B, Lewis Pictures

U.S. Distributor: Netflix

Release Date: Joon-ho has yet to break into the Cannes main competition (Mother and the omnibus film Tokyo! premiered in Un Certain Regard), but we’re assuming Netflix will want to volley with some competition credibility either here or potentially Venice. The project has been in post-production since August of 2016, so we’re assuming Cannes 2017 is a possibility, in some form.

Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, AFI, as well as weekly film reviews. Nicholas is also a regular contributor to men's fashion periodical, MM Magazine. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (All About My Mother), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Dardenne Bros. (The Kid With a Bike), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love), Kiarostami (Close-Up), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville), Zulawski (Possession), Carax (Mauvais Sang)