Bong Joon Ho Movies: Where to Stream

Snowpiercer (2013)

Bong’s first English language film, Snowpiercer is probably his most famous work after Parasite. Something of a companion piece to that Oscar winner, this sci-fi/action hybrid has income inequality on its mind with its depiction of capitalism at its most fairy tale extreme: After an apocalypse causes the world to freeze, the last of humanity survives only by living on a train traveling around the world. But even here there is a class system with the rich living at the luxurious front of the train, and the poor surviving in the destitute back. Yet they are the ones who power the engine’s fuel.

read more: Discussing Snowpiercer with Bong Joon Ho

Snowpiercer is a fascinating movie full of ideas about the use of power, money, and even political capital. For instance, John Hurt’s Gilliam attempts to both mediate and engineer a revolution desired by the rear’s young riders, including heroic Curtis (Chris Evans). But things fall apart when Curtis and the rear of the train’s demands for equality become too strong and threaten to overthrow the happy tranquility of the rich at the top. It’s a delicious fable.

Available on: Netflix

Okja (2017)

More of an international effort, this Netflix original production is sadly too underappreciated. Like Snowpiercer, Okja is a a fairy tale with much more nuanced and adult meaning than a typical storybook. At its center is Mija (Seo Hyun), a little girl whose best friend in the whole world is Okja, a genetically engineered super-pig. For five years, Okja has been her playmate, but the day comes when the corporation that created her to be a more delicious type of pork comes calling.

read more: Okja and How Bong Joon Ho Went West

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