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Cinephiles were up in arms when word got out that The Weinstein Co. was planning a new cut of Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer for the American audience, lest those Midwestern dimwits get confused by the story of a rebellion moving from one end of the train to another. The decision came across as an unnecessary affront to both the audience and the filmmaker, and left a bad taste in our mouths.

Now the director himself has weighed in with his thoughts on the new edit — or at least, his publicity-friendly thoughts on the new edit. He sounds pretty calm about it, though it’s quite possible he’s just being diplomatic to avoid controversy. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer opened in the director’s native South Korea last week, and will continue to roll out around the world for the next couple of months. It has broken box-office records at home and is very well-reviewed across the board. But despite having a distributor in The Weinstein Co., the film has yet to announce a U.S. opening date. Now we know what the holdup is.

The notoriously scissor-happy Harvey Weinstein reportedly has plans to chop up Snowpiercer, reducing its running time by about 20 minutes. And it’s not because the film’s bloated or unwieldy. It’s because in his opinion, according to one report, Midwesterners are too stupid to understand the movie as-is. Hit the jump for more about the edits.

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We Americans are still waiting on a release date for Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-ho‘s English-language debut, but those in his native South Korea will get to see it next week. As part of that final marketing push, one final Korean trailer has dropped for the sci-fi film.

The film features a pretty fantastic ensemble, including John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung, but it’s Chris Evans who plays the hero, and it’s Chris Evans who’s at the center of this latest spot. Check it out after the jump.

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Bong Joon-ho‘s post-apocalyptic tale of class warfare, Snowpiercer, opens next month in South Korea, but there’s still no US date in sight. We don’t know what The Weinstein Company plans to do with the movie — maybe it’ll do some fall festival rounds, or maybe it will be held until 2014.

Regardless, there are new trailers and featurettes coming out of Korea, offering up enough new footage and behind the scenes material that you might be able to feel as if you’ve seen the movie already. First up below is a new trailer, and then there’s a whole batch of featurettes packed with interviews with the cast (Chris EvansJohn Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song and Ko Asung). Finally, you’ll find an animated trailer that explains a bit of the film’s backstory. There’s a mix of languages and subtitles in this collection of videos, but more than enough English to get the idea. Read More »

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South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Mother, The Host) makes his English-language debut with Snowpiercer, a sci-fi tale which features Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song and Ko Asung.

The film adapts the graphic novel Le Transperceneige, in which humanity triggers a new ice age, and takes refuge in a train that perpetually circles the globe. Class divisions fester on the craft, and revolution eventually brews as the underclass revolts. That’s more or less where the movie’s story kicks in, and this first international trailer for the film.gives a bit of plot background before devoting a lot of time to the revolutionary violence.

Update: The first embed we had for this trailer was pretty grainy. Now we’ve got a much better version of the same trailer, which you can see below.

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The Host and Mother director Bong Joon-ho makes his English-language debut with Snowpiercer, which adapts a French graphic novel about a train that carries the remnants of humanity through a snowy landscape. We’ve seen quite a few posters and images that show off the impressive cast but until now we haven’t seen any footage. (That cast includes Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song and Ko Asung.)

The new one-minute featurette below doesn’t feature any English dialogue, but does show off some behind the scenes shots, and a bit of actual footage from the film. It’s all stitched together with an interview with the director, but since that is conducted in his native language most North American viewers will just have to take in the images for now. Read More »

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We’ve seen Tilda Swinton play many different roles, with an eclectic variety of looks over the years. But we’ve never seen her in a getup quite like what she sports for Bong Joon-ho‘s new film Snowpiercer. If you can imagine a halfway point between an aged Princess Leia and a stern schoolmistress, you’re close to nailing her look.

Nine character posters for the film have arrived today, and they show Swinton and eight of her co-stars (Chris Evans, Jamie BellJohn Hurt, Ed Harris, Ko Ah-sung, Song Kang-ho, Octavia Spencer and Ewen Bremner) in their fairly grimy garb.

Why the downtrodden appearance for all? Well, Snowpiercer takes place on a train that carries some of the last remnants of humanity as it speeds across an icy landscape. The film, directed by the man who made Mother and The Host, produced by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker) and based on French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, could be the big genre film at Cannes this year.

Until we get a chance to see some footage, check out the character sheets below. Cross-reference them with these character bios for more info. Read More »

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Snowpiercer is Korean director Bong Joon-ho‘s first English-language outing, but he’s managed to assemble a cast even the most experienced Hollywood directors would kill for, including Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Chris Evans, and Song Kangho.

We’ve seen little of those stars so far, aside from a poster here and a still image there, but today we have much better looks at all of them thanks to a series of character “passports.” Hit the jump to check them out.

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