French graphic novel-turned-movie Snowpiercer is a good read and an entertaining watch.
SNOWPIERCER’S road to pop culture has been a long, strange journey. It began as a French graphic novel that South Korean director Bong Joon-ho loved, so he turned it into a 125-minute movie with an international cast – and dialogue that was 80% English. And that cast really is something. In addition to South Korean actors Song Kang-ho and Ko Ah-Sung (The Host), Snowpiercer stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Chris Evans (Captain America), Tilda Swinton (Chronicles Of Narnia), Ed Harris (The Right Stuff) and John Hurt (everything from Alien to V For Vendetta).
And apparently it’s good. Harvey Weinstein bought the American distribution rights after a special screening at the Berlin Film Festival, and Snowpiercer received five nominations from the Asian Film Awards. The film has already earned US$60mil (RM196mil) from its South Korean release, and is scheduled to open in China this month.
But the movie’s US release ran into a snag, according to variety.com: Weinstein wanted to cut 20 minutes out and the director demurred. Eventually a compromise was reached, whereby Weinstein won’t cut the film, but it will receive only limited release. Someday.
I suppose it’s only fitting that Snowpiercer the movie has a strange and possibly pointless journey, because that’s essentially what the graphic novel is about!