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Netflix 'Okja' Movie To Get Theatrical Releases In South Korea And US.

By March 10, 2017 at 7:23 am
Netflix "Okja" movie to be released in theaters as well (Photo : Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

"Okja," the Netflix original Korean movie set for a June release, has been confirmed for a theatrical release in South Korea and the United States. The film is directed by director Bong Joon-ho. This is the South Korean director's follow-up to his smash hit, "Snowpiercer."

Its trailer has recently been published online. "Okja" is co-written by Bong and Jon Ronson, who previously worked on "Frank." The Netflix film is about a young girl who goes head-to-head with a multinational company to stop it from kidnapping her best friend, the titular character which is described as a massive animal.

Director Bong Joon-ho described Okja as a "very shy and introverted animal." He also said that it will be an animal that has not been seen before.

"Okja" Netflix film stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Yeun and Lily Collin. Korean stars Byun Hee-bong, Choi Woo-Shik and Yoon Je-moon will also be in the movie.

In South Korea, Next Entertainment World announced that it will handle the film's theater release. Last year, Netflix acquired NEW's Korean drama "Pandora" as well as "Lucid Dream," a sci-fi thriller.

Netflix has also confirmed that the film will get a limited day-and-date release in the U.S. Further details were not disclosed, though.

"Okja" will be premiering on Netflix this June in over 190 countries. Brad Pitt's company, Plan B, is part of the production as co-producer.

Netflix has become quite popular in Korea. Earlier this week, it confirmed "Kingdom," a Korean period zombie thriller series, for a 2018 release. The series will be directed by Kim Seong-hun, director of Korean hit movie, "Tunnel."

"Kingdom" will be an eight-episode series set in the medieval Joseon dynasty in South Korea. The story will revolve on a crown prince who is sent to a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak.

It will premiere in 2018 and will be Netflix's second original series in the country. The first Korean series, "Love Alarm," will also be released next year.

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