Last year, Bong Joon-ho’s post-apocalyptic action flick ‘Snowpiercer’ broke records and scored a load of awards in the director’s native country South Korea. But the movie, which is in English, was due to be distributed by the Weinstein Company in English-speaking territories, the US, UK, Canada and Australia… but the notoriously controlling Harvey Weinstein demanded that Bong Joon-ho cut the two and a half hour movie down to make it flow more like a traditional American action movie and insert voice-over narration to the beginning and ending to make it more clear for
stupid American uh, more… pedestrian audiences. The director has dragged his feet on making these demanded edits and science fiction fans have been left wondering if we’ll ever see this movie on the big screen in English-language markets.
It looks as if Joon-ho has come out on top. . Instead, the movie will be released to select cities and will only expand to other areas if it does well in these areas. Looks like I’m going to have to take a road trip.
Small price to pay, honestly. I’d rather travel to see the director’s real vision as opposed to going to see a chopped down, sanitized version that is more readily available. Here’s hoping that science fiction fans support this movie enough to expand its release and help it reach a wider audience.
The movie stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung and depicts the last surviving human beings on Earth, living aboard a perpetual motion train after the planet is encased in ice. No official release date has been announced.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to finally seeing this much buzzed-about film?