While I thought the first two salvos in the South Korean invasion of Hollywood (Kim Jee-Woon’s The Last Stand and Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker) were both pretty good films in their own right, it’s the third wave of attack that I’ve been waiting for the most.
And now, after being exposed to a bombardment of passport photos, character posters and Tilda Swinton’s bad teeth, the trailer for Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer is finally here!
“Snowpiercer,” based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snow Piercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.
Well, it certainly looks like the action-heads are not going to have anything to complain about. Rebellious fisticuffs is probably not the only thing this movie will bring to the table though. Bong Ji-Hoon is a master at blending Hollywood style theatrics and poignant social commentary, and if the man can turn a story about a sea monster kidnapping a girl into a thesis on the US military’s presence in South Korea, then I think playing up the social injustices of a hierarchical society should be child’s play.
Also, we’re probably going to get a chuckle out of Tilda Swinton’s face.
Snowpiercer currently has no release date set yet.
Last Updated: June 13, 2013