Trailer: Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer

After fellow Koreans Kim Ji-Woon and Park Chan-Wook launched their English language debut films (The Last Stand and Stoker, respectively) the most nuanced of the trio of directorial superstars, Bong Joon-Ho is delivering the largest in scale, the nuclear-winter bound science fiction flick, Snowpiercer. He has brought along the magnificent Song Kang-Ho for the train ride, alongside a sampling of Brit and American character actors including, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Steve Park, Ewen Bremner, Allison Pill and Chris Evans. You may not be able to recognize many of them covered in dirt, grease and facial hair.

Bong’s Memories of Murder and The Host are two of my favourite Korean films, thus, I have high expectations for this one, Inception soundtrack and all…

A train-trapped version of Alien3 with Orwellian grace notes and a lots of axes, this hopefully, will be my The Hunger Games! Set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an ice age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews. The film is an adaptation of Jean-Marc Rochette’s French graphic novel series Le Transperceneige.

Kurt Halfyard
Resident culture snob.

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  1. Hmmm, not too sure about Tilda Swinton’s ‘ee-by-gum’ Yorkshire accent and it does seem a bit Hunger Games-ish, but maybe it’s just the cheesy trailer format. I too adore Memories of Murder (although I didn’t love The Host quite as much as most) so I’m still excited.

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  2. This was kind of amazing. It really could have done with being tighter, but it was ambitious and full of surprises. It makes inventive use of the claustrophobic setting really well, the action is well handled and it’s occasionally very very funny. Tilda Swinton is superb.

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    • Agreed Agreed. You’ve got to suspend disbelieve like a muthafukka, but it’s a great experience if you can embrace the South Korean-ness of the the film…

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