Okja: A take on science and nature !

If you are looking for a movie to bond with the family and your fury friends look no further. Okja, a 2017 film from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho might just be the answer! Known for his combination of action and horror genres with dark bite, Bong Joon Ho manages to sneak in environmental messages in his film. His latest vision Okja follows along a girl named Mija who lives in the beautiful, lush mountains of South Korea with her grandfather and their sweet genetically engineered pig, Okja!

The bond between these two is evident, but soon they are torn apart, thrust back into Okja’s creator -the Miranda meat corporation!

It’s no Disney fairytale the film is meant to be a depiction of the dark realities of animal laboratories and factory meat farms, the movie does take its dark turn, but there is a happy ending!

It’s dark, funny, cute, and carries with it a message of today’s state capitalism. The movie has a bit of everything from the beautiful scenery of the South Korean Mountains to the cute and lovable Okja and the beautiful bond with Mija. This is certainly a film to catch with family!

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Movies in Nature: The Sound of Music

The musical film The Sound of Music portrays the beautiful landscape of Austria. In the opening scene, Maria von Trapp, played by Julie Andrews, prances in a field in front of the stunning Untersberg mountain. The movie focus on Maria and her new job as a governess for the von Trapp family. Maria falls in love with the father, Captain von Trapp, and his children adore her. The couple gets married and moves the family out of Austria to flee from the Nazis.

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Movies in Nature: The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings (2001) movies are known for their amazing use of nature to enhance the storyline. These movies follow a young hobbit named Frodo Baggins as he journeys to destroy a magic ring he inherited from his older cousin Bilbo Baggins. It is a race against time to destroy the ring as dark forces who know the true powers of the ring are on a mission to reclaim it. Hobbits live in a fictional land called the Shire and are known to have a green thumb which is represented by the lush greenery that fills every inch of the Shire. We see their positive relationship with nature in the way they care for their land and it is contrasted by scenes of the dark and barren lands where the dark forces dwell. It is interesting to see how the “villains” of the story are characterized to have a poor relationship with nature while the “good guys” live in a flourishing, green garden. All three of the movies were filmed in New Zealand and feature spectacular landscapes. If you’re someone with an interest in films that feature nature, check out these films!