This has been a big year for Korean genre filmmakers debuting Stateside. First came Jee-woon Kim (I Saw the Devil)'s Arnold Schwarzenegger flick, The Last Stand. Then Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) gave us the fantastic thriller, Stoker (review). And this fall, Joon-Ho Bong is making his English-language debut with Snowpiercer. For me, these are the three biggest names in Korean genre films, so I will watch anything they touch! So far we've only seen stills from the latter film, but the wait for footage is over! Check out this new international trailer:
Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, and Bong/Park regular, Kang-ho Song. Based on a French graphic novel, the film is set in a future where Earth's only survivors are the inhabitants of a massive train called 'Snowpiercer.' Over time a class system evolves on the train, with the elites inhabiting the 'front' of the train and poor inhabiting the 'back' of the train. Tired of the poor conditions suffered by riders in the 'back', a revolution occurs with the riders attempting to seize control of the engine.
Sounds a bit like Elysium on a train, eh? I'm in.
Snowpiercer is set to make its debut on August 1, but that's likely a film festival premiere. No word yet on when it will release wide.