The Mirando Corporation created unusual piglets and distributed them to farmers around the world. For ten years the giant experimental pig, Occha, was the best friend of the girl Mi-ja, they lived peacefully in the South Korean mountains and took care of each other. But one terrible day, the friends’ idyllic life was interrupted – a corporation took their property. Bitchy CEO Lucy Mirando has her own, not the most humane, plans for the unusual beast. Of course, the brave girl won’t abandon her friend in trouble, and Mi-ja sets out to save Okcha, but the world turns out to be a lot crazier than she ever imagined.
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2007. We see the eccentric head of the Mirando Agrochemical Company, Lucy Mirando, speaking to the nation and announcing the unprecedented news that from now on they have 26 super pigs, organic and natural animals, what they call GMO-free, that can later grow to incredible sizes. And will, Lucy emphasizes, be damn tasty. A super corporation wouldn’t be a super corporation if it didn’t make this a contest, an entertaining marketing ploy, because what more would an unsophisticated public, deeply steeped in the dictum “Bread and circuses!” want? The pigs are sent to different parts of the country, where the best farmers can take care of them for 10 years, so that at the end of the term to choose the best, and at the same time and kill two birds with one stone – to please the people such a wonderful game and conduct cruel experiments on the poor pig …
Pong Joon Ho has changed the tone of his new picture quite radically compared to the previous one – a fascinating world of despotism called “Through the Snow”, which also starred the wonderful Tilda Swinton. Once again we have a caustic satire in front of us, but not as oppressive. It may seem childish, but it speaks of serious things that a child is probably not yet able to understand. Ho plays on different poles – there’s an action film, an acute social drama, a fascinating adventuress, and a sharp spit in the direction of American capitalism. There’s even some light veganism propaganda, but really light. It doesn’t feel like you’re being brainwashed. Ho moves in the other direction, talking about the violent consumer culture that thrives around the world. About the things that precede the appearance of a conditional cheeseburger or a new Apple product. Of course, Ho also kept in mind his ethnic homeland, South Korea, where animals are treated completely improperly, making it a huge social problem. Okcha can safely be called a provocative statement, a most serious rebuke to evil capitalism, which, of course, will be monumentally ignored. You will recall that it is very subtly and with a touch of humor, though there are moments that make you shiver and involuntarily think of Phoenix’s “Earthlings”.
The actors are wonderfully good. Gyllenhaal continues to pull more and more radical and diverse images, steadily appearing on the screens every year, if not once. It seems the academics won’t dare ignore Jake this time around, so we can expect him in all sorts of nominations. For Swinton, the role of Lucy is like a seamless fit, she always flawlessly enters such images of extravagant and extremely unusual individuals, because according to the legend, Tilda is really not of this world. It is impossible not to mention the cameraman, the amazing Darius Honji, who, by the way, shot the recent “The Lost City of Z” for Gray, where he surprised once again with the divine landscapes and beauty of the picture.
Okcha is a poignant statement, a polemic on disturbing topics, but at the same time a heartbreaking story about love and loyalty, devotion to one’s ideals. This is Netflix’s first full-length feature film, which has not been a disappointment and has flown to the top.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (70.4 Mb/s)
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: Dolby TrueHD with Dolby Atmos 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English, English SDH.