Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

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While it’s still unclear when the U.S. will be able to see Bong Joon-Ho‘s Snowpiercer, which is still enjoying a record-breaking run in South Korea, we can all wait and twiddle our thumbs while the Weinstein Company trims and re-edits the movie and occupy ourselves with these new stills and gorgeous concept art. Many of the photos take us inside the grimy train where people huddle in the dark - but Tilda Swinton almost looks stately in her bug glasses and fur coat. In sharp contrast to the train, Alison Pill appears to rule over a bright, cheery classroom as the grooviest schoolteacher in an otherwise desolate landscape. I’d like to think that shot of the man in the suit looking puzzled is a direct reaction to watching her dance. The concept art shows beautifully inked images of the train and its insides, and perhaps glimpses of scenes that we haven’t been shown yet. And hopefully, that won’t get cut in the “new and improved” version of the film that we may get thrust upon us. Hopefully, these images will be enough to tide you over for awhile, because it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing Snowpiercer until early next year, so take a look after the break.

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To those who’d like to see Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer and don’t currently live in Korea, I’ve got some bad news. The film still has no release date for the Western world, but Harvey Weinstein, eager to add insult to injury, has just stepped in to make things much, much worse. According to film critic and programmer Tony Rayns (via Australia’s Inside Film), Weinstein, who’s in control of the film’s international distribution, has instructed Bong (The Host) to shave 20 minutes off his 126-minute film, or it won’t see a release in North America, the UK, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. That’s awful. But what’s even worse is Weinstein’s reasoning behind the cut.  Rayns tells why: “[The Weinstein Company] people have told Bong that their aim is to make sure the film ‘will be understood by audiences in Iowa … and Oklahoma.’” Reportedly, the cuts would come from the film’s character work, leaving Snowpiercer as a bare bones action flick.

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Snowpiercer

There’s still no US release date for Bong Joon-Ho‘s Snowpiercer, but that hasn’t stopped the powers that be from dangling the film in front of our faces (those of us in the United States, that is) like a carrot, tied to a string yet just out of reach. And the latest carrot comes in the form of a new trailer for the film, showing off plenty of action, foreboding voice-over and some some seriously brutal axe-murdering. Check it out after the break.

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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.)

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While Bong Joon-ho‘s upcoming Snowpiercer is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the only living survivors of a massive, ongoing Ice Age all live together on a trans-continental train that continually circles the globe, it looks like certain things haven’t changed – namely, that Tilda Swinton has still somehow managed to look insane, otherworldly, and completely engrossed in her character. Sure, there are some shades of Golden Girls here in this first set of character posters for the film, but this look at Swinton and the rest of the cast is eerily compelling. Just how bad are things on this train? (Yes, yes, pretty bad, as there is a revolution stirring.) After the break, check out the rest of the character posters, including Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Kang-ho Song, and Octavia Spencer.

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Snowpiercer

One of the year’s most intriguing new films, Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer,has just released its first official photo, and it looks just as gritty, bleak, and claustrophobic as we would expect from a film that is set on a post-apocalyptic, world-traversing super-train that is powered by “a sacred perpetual-motion engine” that’s creeping steadily closer to an inter-class revolution. The first look features Song Kang-ho, one of the filmmaker’s perpetual stars, who definitely seems to be stuck in the Snowpiercer’s poor class. Will he help lead a revolution? Or will that be left up to some of the film’s other talented stars, like  Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Ed Harris and Octavia Spencer? Who knows! (We kid, the film is based on a French graphic novel called “Le Transperceneige,” and anyone who has read it obviously has some insight into just what will happen aboard Snowpiercer). The Film Stage (via ComingSoon) first posted the official image, and both outlets have also posted some gorgeous concept art from the film for your visual enjoyment. Snowpiercer is expected to hit theaters sometime this summer.

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Snowpiercer Concept

In 2031, a massive train presses its way through the frozen wasteland of a planet with a desperate crowd of passengers unsure of whether they’ll survive or if surviving is worth it. Trapped and fearful, they begin to turn on each other. Based on the graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” this is the plot of Bong Joon-ho‘s English-language debut, Snowpiercer. Now, thanks to Cahiers Du Cinema (via The Playlist), we can take a look at some concept art for the film that belongs on museum walls. The director behind The Host and Mother has got a lot of expectations to live up to with his next flick, but it seems clear that the imagery will have a solid chance of being stunning. Check it out for yourself:

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