Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Bong Joon-ho|
|Produced by||Park Chan-wook
|Screenplay by||Bong Joon-ho
|Based on||Le Transperceneige
by Jacques Lob
|Music by||Marco Beltrami|
|Editing by||Steve M. Choe|
|Distributed by||The Weinstein Company
|Release dates||August 1, 2013
October 30, 2013
|Running time||125 minutes|
|Budget||$39.2 million (estimated)|
|Box office||$$59,802,711 (South Korea)|
Snowpiercer (Korean: 설국열차; hanja:雪國列車; RR: Seolgungnyeolcha) is a South Korean sci-fi action thriller film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob & Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. The film is directed by Bong Joon-ho, and co-written by Bong and Kelly Masterson. The film stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris. The film marks Bong's English-language debut; he has mentioned that approximately 80% of the film was shot in English. On November 9, 2012, The Weinstein Company secured distribution rights in North America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The film is set in a future where a runaway experiment to stop global warming has caused an ice age that killed nearly all life on Earth. The only survivors are the inhabitants of the 'Snowpiercer', a massive train that travels around the planet and is powered by a perpetual-motion engine. Over time a class system evolves on the train, with the elites inhabiting the front of the train and poor inhabiting the back of the train. Tired of their poor living conditions, the riders in the back revolt, attempting to seize control of the engine, which the elites in the front consider sacred.
- Chris Evans as Curtis Everett
- Song Kang-ho as Namgoong Minsu
- Go Ah-sung as Yona
- Jamie Bell as Edgar
- John Hurt as Gilliam
- Tilda Swinton as Mason
- Octavia Spencer as Tanya
- Ed Harris as Wilford
- Ewen Bremner as Andrew
- Luke Pasqualino as Grey
- Alison Pill as Teacher
- Vlad Ivanov as Franco the Elder
- Clark Middleton as Painter
- Tómas Lemarquis as Egg-head
- Griffin Seymour as Boy (in school classroom)
In late 2004, Bong visited his regular comic book shop in Hongdae area, Seoul during pre-production of his acclaimed monster flick, The Host. He found Jean-Marc Rochette's French graphic novel series Le Transperceneige and finished reading the entire series while standing in front of the bookshelf, where he found it. He was fascinated by ideas of people struggling on the train for survival, and every cabin is classified in social stratification. Bong showed the series to his friend, fellow director Park Chan-wook, who loved it as well. In 2005, Park's production company Moho Films secured the screen rights to the series for Bong.
Principal photography began on April 16, 2012 and was shot entirely on location in Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic. It officially wrapped on July 14, 2012, and post-production began in South Korea.
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