Back in my first days in university when I had been weaned on the idea of vegetarianism, skipping any meat in my diet, the only foods I would stuff myself with were vegetables and fish and eggs with which I made do for protein. I could not stand imagining myself eating another entangled flesh resembling the one covering my whole body. I would even revolt at its smell , acerbic to my nose, causing me to throw up as though I was close to the mental condition of Yeong-hye, a character in The Vegetarian written by Han Kang, who turned into a withered form after a long period of skipping meat. So, my mother would even tell me off for this silly idea.
When I watched Okja, the only thing that occurred to me was that why some people are not so satisfied with the natural taste of pork . Rather, scientists with capitalistic attitude develop newly genetically modified organisms given that the word GMO itself is primarily conducted to save lives because plants or animals are made less likely to get diseases or safer. As a result, using your common sense without supporting my argument with literary studies, more and more lower forms of life are subject to any forms of cruelties. And Okja, along with the other animals alike behind the laboratory door, becomes miserable, especially the deep, passionate relationship established between him and his master falls into ruin. However, it occurred to me at the end of the movie that the blame lies with us people who consume meat and opportunistic capitalists. We should always consider the fact that we can be healthy enough by eating organic meat. We can just raise animals naturally.
Okja is a movie which concept is that a creature beyond human commonality becomes the royal center of the universe. The world will be bothered ,and draw different suspicions and theories that the creature might pose danger to humanity. Ridiculously laughable! Correspondingly, the creature is persecuted to death. Par for the course, the master of that creature looks heart-breaking because only he or she ,along with his/ her family , unconditionally understands the situation. I guess you’re familiar with this scene. You can name some.
Nevertheless, what is new about this movie is that the creature is something we have never seen in other movies. It is a cute super pig!It may look like a threat to you ,but its sheepish face can surely catch your attention. In fact, I even mistook it for a hippopotamus when I watched its movie trailer.I could not even take off my mind this idea that it could also be a mutated elephant. In other words, since the movie is a hit and bizarre, I bet my boots that Okja is now a character everyone is and will be familiar with even after the next generations, and one of these days, it will be one of those figurines or dolls to be collected by movie lovers.
Another thing that makes the movie impressive is its the co-existence of the two ambiance: the rural life and the city life.The scenery of the Korean mountains is breath-taking and greenish in my eyes.It was relaxing to the audience like me because sometimes I’m sick and tired of scenes held in cities. I wish most of the scenes had been taken in the mountains. On the other hand, the movie portrays the fact that in this complicated world, life is a matter of survival of the fittest. In fact, I won’t forget the last dreary and gloomy scene when all the pigs about to be slaughtered roar all at once while Mija and Okja, along with the piglet hidden inside her elongated mouth, leave the Auschwitz slaughterhouse. I likened it to a holocaust. Gee!
I’m not sure if the movie Okja could drive off people’s epicurean habit to eat meat. Obviously, Okja does not look like a pig. Instead, it looks like something else more than a hippo people have never seen. One thing is for sure, people will have this fleeting and passing realization that animals are like us: we have feelings. Me? I will still eat meat, but moderately if the need arises. I’m still a veggie. 🙂
P.S I hope this movie will be novelized. 🙂
Rating: 3/ 5 stars ( I liked it.)