“Okja” tells a wonderful story, features incredible running scene
If you spent some of the holiday weekend lounging around at home and watching Netflix, you may have come across the new movie “Okja” by Bong Joon-ho. It tells the story about a super pig that was bred for a food corporation’s exploration into solving the global food crisis but also young girl’s quest to stop the pig’s slaughter and save her only friend.
Okja, the super pig, has spent most of its life in the remote hills and forests of South Korea, under the guidance of a farmer and his young daughter, Mija. The peace comes to an end when the corporation sends for Jake Gyllenhaal’s TV animal doctor character to pick up Okja and take her to Seoul and then New York for testing, marketing and eventually its slaughter. Mija quickly picks up on the corporation’s mission and sets out to bring Okja back home.
When Gyllenhaal and his film crew take off with the pig, Mija chases after them by racing through the forest and sliding down some pretty steep rock beds. It’s amazing that the only injury that she sustained through all of that were just a few scratches on her face. By the time she’s able to see the truck containing Okja, she gives up and heads back home knowing that there was no way she was going to be able to chase down the truck with those winding roads to Seoul.
Mija heads back home but with most of Bong’s films, there’s always twists in the plot and instead of giving up or finding a ride from the mountains to the city, she changes clothes and takes off again through the night. There’s no footage of her night run but the she somehow makes it to Seoul by the morning and with no visible scratches or mess from a dark trudge through the forest.
But the chase far from over. She manages to get into the corporation’s headquarters by shattering a glass door with the weight of her body. Once she’s inside, she winds through hallways, cubicles and rooms that lead her to dead ends before she finally spots Okja.
Mija manages to get away from security and it’s not her vs. the truck.
Her downhill running is impressive as she’s able to 1) Not get hit by any car 2) Not get caught at a red light 3) Only seem to get faster as the truck also speeds up.
She doesn’t break her stride.
Like Jason Bourne, John McClane or any of those other action hero stars, she gets to a dead end.
But this little girl manages to jump onto the top of the truck! When the first couple minutes of the movie are set in a Utopian forest and Mija almost gets herself killed trying to get home from a long day of harvesting and fishing, there’s no chance you saw this type of heroic effort down the line.
Anyway…she manages to hang on before the Animal Liberation Front comes into the story with their own “pig-napping.” They manage to break open the truck and Mija takes off with Okja through the streets of Seoul.
The pursuit ends with Mija and the Animal Liberation Front only getting so far with Okja before the police intervene and Okja ends up back in the food corporation’s hands.
That’s far from the end of the movie and it’s definitely worth watching the two-hour film. The running scene stood out to us, in a film that was compelling on its own. We found the chase clip on Youtube and put it up at the top of the post. It’s received some solid reviews so check it out on Netflix.