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The exhausting back-and-forth between Bong Joon-ho and The Weinstein Company over the final U.S. / U.K. cut of Snowpiercer has finally come to an end. Bong’s acclaimed sci-fi thriller will come to the States in its full, uncut glory, just as the director had wanted. The catch? It’s now getting a limited release instead of a wide one. Hit the jump for more details on the truce.

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‘Snowpiercer’ International Trailer: “Is It Time?”

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After several months, the battle between Bong Joon-ho and The Weinstein Company over the U.S. release of Snowpiercer remains unresolved. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess when Stateside audiences will finally get to see the film, or what shape it’ll be in when it gets there. But folks in other countries have been luckier, and today we have a new trailer from Japan that shows a bit of new footage. Check it out after the jump.

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For the past four months, we’ve been getting worrisome reports about what U.S. distributor The Weinstein Co. is doing to Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer. The Weinsteins wanted to chop up the movie, despite great reviews from Korea and France, because they were afraid that “audiences in Iowa and Oklahoma” wouldn’t get it. While the director initially assured press that the cuts were “pretty soft,” he’s since become more vocal about his displeasure.

Today, the most detailed report yet reveals a bit more about the behind-the-scenes struggle between the director and the distributor. Among other things, the Weinsteins blocked the film from playing on the fall festival circuit, and suggested to Bong that he add bookending voiceovers penned by Neil Gaiman. Hit the jump for the latest on this battle.

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Not only do American audiences not know when we’ll get to see Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, we don’t even know what form it’ll be in when we do. Back in August, word got out that U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company was cutting 20 minutes out of the film. Bong initially seemed pretty chill about the whole thing, but then other reports indicated that he was actually quite furious in private.

As of now, the struggle between Bong and the Weinsteins over the final cut is “still going on,” according to the director. And the director is willing to fight for his vision, claiming that his version has actually fared better with test audiences in the States than the Weinsteins’ shorter cut did. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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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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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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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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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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