A post-apocalyptic class struggle between the 1% and the 99%
Director Joon-Ho Bong’s Snowpiercer is a Korean-American joint project, produced by Chan-Wook Park (Oldboy, Stoker) and starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Kang-Ho Song, Tilda Swinton (in heavy make-up and prosthetic, it looks like), John Hurt, and many more. The budget for the film, $39.2 million, makes it the most expensive Korean film to date.
Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, written by Jacques Lob and illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, Snowpiercer tells the story of Earth’s only remaining survivors after an ice age has decimated much of the population. The survivors inhabit a train called “Snowpiercer” and, eventually, a revolution – led by Evans’ character – erupts between the lower class who have been confined to the back of the train and the elite, upper class.
Swinton plays the minister of the train, and from the trailer above, is giving serious Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games vibes. Meanwhile, Ed Harris’ character has been pegged as “The Ultimate Authority,” whatever that means.
This movie looks like it’s going to be magnificent, and I definitely want to read the comic after seeing the trailer (no English-translation versions exist yet). Plus, I’m a huge fan of Chan-Wook Park, so knowing that he’s involved and that he was a fan of the original story makes me even more excited.
The film will be distributed by The Weinstein Company worldwide and by CJ Entertainment in South Korea. It comes out August 1 in South Korea. There’s no official release date for the United States, but it will be some time this summer.