First Cow

  • Release Date: March 13, 2020 (limited)
  • Genre: Drama, Western

  • Director: Kelly Reichardt
  • Producer(s): Anish Savjani, Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino
  • Writer(s): Kelly Reichardt, Jonathan Raymond
  • Studio: MK2 | Mile End
  • Length: 2h 01m | Classification: G


Otis (John Magaro), also known as "Cookie," is a cook for a band of fur trappers as they journey west through Oregon Territory in the 1820s.

Just before the crew arrives at a trading post, Cookie comes across Chinese immigrant King-Lu (Orion Lee), cowering naked behind a fern because he's being sought for murder. The two have an immediate rapport.

When they meet again at the trading post, they develop a friendship and King-Lu invites Cookie for a drink. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner's prized milking cow.

Based on the novel The Half-Life by Jon Raymond.


John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones, Scott Shepherd, Ewen Bremner, Rene Auberjonois, Gary Farmer, Alia Shawkat
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