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(LEAD) First trailer of Bong Joon-ho's new Netflix movie 'Okja' unveiled

All Headlines 17:54 February 28, 2017

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SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- Netflix on Tuesday released the teaser trailer for "Okja," South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's follow-up to his smash-hit "Snowpiercer," on Naver, a local online portal, for the first time in the world.

Co-written by Bong and Jon Ronson of "Frank," Okja tells the story of a young girl who risks everything to prevent a multinational company from kidnapping her best friend -- a massive animal named Okja. The movie streaming service invested US$50 million in the film.

This image provided by Netflix shows An Seo-hyun as Mija and Okja in Bong Joon-ho's new sci-film "Okja" on Feb. 28, 2017. (Yonhap)

The teaser unveiled several scenes in which An Seo-hyun, the Korean actress who plays Mija, is desperately trying to locate Okja in a forest and Tilda Swinton, who plays a senior researcher, is getting makeup applied for a news conference. There also was a scene where Okja sadly looks at the girl.

This image provided by Netflix shows Tilda Swinton in Bong Joon-ho's new sci-film "Okja" on Feb. 28, 2017. (Yonhap)

The sci-fi film was produced by Hollywood studios -- Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company -- and also stars Jake Gyllenhaal of "Nightcrawler" and "Everest" and Paul Dano of "Love & Mercy" and "12 Years a Slave." The cast also includes Korean actors such as Byun Hee-bong, Choi Woo-shik and Yoon Je-moon.

Okja is set to open in Korean theaters and simultaneously on Netflix in June.

This image provided by Netflix shows An Seo-hyun as Mija in Bong Joon-ho's new sci-fi film "Okja" on Feb. 28, 2017. (Yonhap)

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