There are few directors with a track record as consistent as Bong Joon-ho, and while it could be argued that he hasn’t made all that many films yet I’ll always prefer quality over quantity. His debut feature remains his only truly average one with Memories of Murder, The Host and Mother all being near brilliant examples of genre filmmaking at its best.
It’s been a long four-year wait since his last film, but Bong’s newest is finally ready to be shared with audiences. Snowpiercer is his biggest film yet with a globe-spanning storyline and an international cast. The story, based on a French graphic novel, is a post-apocalyptic tale about a train carrying the last human survivors across a landscape enduring a new ice age. A clear line exists between the classes, and as the train races along the tracks a violent uprising is brewing in the back cars.
Take a ride with the Snowpiercer trailer below. (And note, this international trailer isn’t of the highest quality.)
Picture quality aside, this looks pretty incredible. The contrasting styles between the train cars is as impressive as the cast is eclectic with its odd collection of stars including Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer and Song Kang-ho.
Snowpiercer opens in South Korea on August 1, 2013, but there’s been no word yet on a US release date.