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A Girl And Her Super Pig: Okja

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Netflix has been branching out more and more with movies as of late. It’s most recent film Okja brings stars of both the western and eastern worlds together. The story covers many intense themes some that might be too dark for younger children.

The movie starts with the CEO of a meat company Mirando Lucy Mirando holding a press conference in a former Mirando slaughterhouse. She tells the press how there will soon be a shortage of food leaving millions to starve. However her company has come across a miracle to help solve this issue, a super pig. A hippo sized pig creature that will produce a small carbon footprint, doesn’t require much to eat, and everything on it will be usable for consumption. The company sends 26 super piglets to 26 farmers across the world to be raised by the farmers and monitored by Mirando employees. In 10 years when the Super Pigs are fully grown Mirando will send Animal celebrity Dr Johnny Wilcox to judge each Super Pig and crown one Super Pig to be the number one Super Pig in the world. The winning Super Pig will be sent to New York to be presented to the world in a huge celebration. Of course in addition to be the biggest and the prettiest Super Pig it also has to be as Lucy puts it “Frigging Delicious”.

 

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We fast forward 10 years later to Korea where Mija has formed a strong bond with her Super Piglet Okja. Her grandfather runs the farm and lead Mija to believe that he bought Okja from Mirando. However this turns out to be a lie when Okja wins the Super Pig contest and is taken away from the farm.  Mija then sets on a wild adventure to save her beloved friend from slaughter. She runs into an animal rights group called the Animal Liberation Front who want to use Okja to expose the truth about where the Super Pigs come from.

Okja is a gem of comedy, but also one with a strong dose of drama. It is a dark look at corporations and the inhuman big business production of raising and slaughtering animals for their meat. The ending is a bittersweet one and dipped heavily in reality.

Tilda Swinton who plays Mirando CEO Lucy Mirando is always a powerhouse in the roles she plays and in this one she plays her roles flawlessly.

Jake Gyllenhaal usually seen in depressed serious roles shined as Dr. Johnny Wilcox. It was pleasant to see him in a more light-hearted comedic role and hope to see him in a more comedic sense.

Paul Dano who plays Jay the leader of the ALF is a truly talented actor. He pulls off a smooth suave yet emotional character flawlessly.

I really enjoyed this film and the collaboration of eastern and western stars. For many westerners we only get to see famous Eastern actors in Typecast or small side roles however in Okja everyone gets a solid part and Ahn Seo-hyun who plays Mija is a powerhouse in this film. I hope to see more of her in future movies.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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