This year marks a big event for some movie fans, as three of South Korea’s biggest directors make their English-language film debuts. And the conversion is off to a rocky start, as The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil director Kim Ji-woon stumbled with The Last Stand a couple weeks ago. That film is already fading from theaters. Oldboy director Park Chan-wook has Stoker coming up, and the film’s Sundance debut drew “love it or hate it” responses. I hated it, but there were some who felt quite differently.

Bong Joon-ho, director of Mother and The Host, will be the last to hit with Snowpiercer, an adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. In the story, the few human survivors in a post-apocalyptic future take shelter in a train, on which a revolt between classes begins to ferment.

The film stars an impressive cast, including Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Octavia Spencer and Ewen Bremner. We’ve seen a few images and some concept art that sells the train’s grimy, unpleasant conditions. Now a poster for the film gives us another look, and reveals John Hurt’s appearance. Read More »

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2013 is going to be a great year for American fans of Korean cinema. No fewer than three revered Korean filmmakers are making their English-language debuts in the coming months. Jee-woon Kim (I Saw the Devil) gets the party started with The Last Stand later this week, followed by Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) and his Stoker in March. And then, sometime this summer, Joon-ho Bong‘s Snowpiercer will ride into theaters.

Bong’s collected a truly impressive cast for his first American movie, including Chris Evans, Octavia SpencerTilda SwintonJamie BellEwen BremnerAlison PillJohn Hurt, and Ed Harris, but it’s his old favorite Kang-ho Song (The Host) that appears in the first still. See it, along with some more concept art, after the jump.

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My “most anticipated” list for 2013 is almost done, and it’s a huge thing that takes into account more than just the ten movies I’ve chosen to highlight as the ones I most want to see.

One of the movies that didn’t make that core ten, but will be reflected in the piece, is Snowpiercer, aka the English-language debut from The Host and Mother director Bong Joon-ho. The movie features a great cast (Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer and Song Kang-ho) and adapts a French graphic novel that tells of humanity’s last remnants as they journey across a snowy landscape in a train.

We don’t have any real footage yet, but we can present some great concept art, along with an early teaser poster and a bit of Marco Beltrami’s score. Read More »

Between Trespass and the Razzie-nominated Just Go With It, it’s safe to say 2011 wasn’t Nicole Kidman‘s best year. Happily, her upcoming slate looks much more promising. Kidman will hit the big screen this year in Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy and Chan-wook Park’s Stoker, and the small one in HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn. As for her next move beyond that, Kidman has entered talks to star in Before I Go to Sleep, from 28 Weeks Later and The American scribe Rowan Jaffe.

Based on the bestselling novel by S.J. Watson, the psychological thriller revolves around a woman who wakes up each morning with no recollection of her past 20 years, due to a mysterious accident that left her suffering from amnesia. She begins using journals to try and record some of her memories, but grows suspicious of her husband Ben. Sounds a lot like Memento, or perhaps 50 First Dates if you’re feeling less charitable. [Screen Daily via Vulture]

After the jump, Joon-ho Bong’s Snow Piercer picks up that sweet simpleton from Trainspotting.

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Snow Piercer may mark South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho‘s first English-language picture, but his casting choices so far suggest he’s already got damn great taste in English-speaking stars. Octavia Spencer has become the latest addition to the cast of his post-apocalyptic thriller, joining Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, and Song Kang-ho (The Host). The script, from Bong and Oldboy director Park Chan-wook, is an adaptation of a French graphic novel titled Le Transperceneige. More details after the jump.

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Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Snow Piercer’ Adds John Hurt

Though we first heard of Bong Joon-ho‘s Snow Piercer back in 2009, it wasn’t until just a couple of weeks ago that the project really began to pick up steam and build a top-notch cast. Chris Evans was the first star announced for the film, with Tilda Swinton and Jamie Bell boarding soon afterward. Now John Hurt has been announced as the latest addition to the post-apocalyptic film, based on a French graphic novel titled Le Transperceneige. More details after the jump.

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I was excited when Chris Evans was announced as the likely lead for Snow Piercer, the film that Mother and The Host director Bong Joon-ho has been developing for years and finally looks to be ready to shoot in the next few months. Evans is one of the better crop of actors in the tentpole business right now; his turn in Sunshine a few years back convinced me that he’s got a lot more to offer than just superhero-type characters.

Now he may be joined in Snow Piercer by two other great actors, Tilda Swinton and Jamie Bell, each of whom has made a good career of balancing indies with big films. Read More »

Throughout his career, Chris Evans has jumped back and forth between big-budget pics and indie films and tackled a wide range of roles in the process. And though he’s now a fast-rising star thanks to last year’s Captain America and this summer’s The Avengers, it seems he’s still interested in mixing things up, as he looks to join an especially promising project that falls on the indie end of the spectrum.

Evans has just entered talks to star in Snow Piercer, from The Host director Bong Joon-ho. That’d be enough to pique my interest already, but it gets even more intriguing from there: The film was co-written by Bong and Oldboy helmer Park Chan-wook, who’s also producing. Though neither filmmaker is a household name in the States just yet, that could be changing soon as Bong will be making his domestic directorial debut with Snow Piercer, and as Park’s wrapping up his first English-language film Stoker. More details after the jump.

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