Snowpiercer

Seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the remnants of humanity inhabit a perpetually-moving train that circles the globe, where class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out.

Snowpiercer
Czechia, South Korea, United States 2013
  • Czech
126 min.
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After a second Ice Age chilled the earth, several thousand survivors packed into a train that has been traveling for 17 years. In the tail of the relentless Snowpiercer, the oppressed masses are gradually losing patience, prevented by a small, well-armed force from moving forwards toward the engine and confronting Wilford, the mysterious creator of the express. Korean master of the art-house genre flick Bong Joon-ho shot this dystopian spectacular as his first English-language film, basing it on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, published in 1982. Made at Prague’s Barrandov Studios, this blockbuster with its philosophical subtext came into being with the considerable support of production designer Ondřej Nekvasil, the internationally renowned Czech art director and stage designer. The diverse yet flawless and compelling cast traveling on this train include Chris Evans (Captain America), John Hurt (The Elephant Man), Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale), Song Kang-ho (The Host), Tilda Swinton (Orlando), and Ed Harris (Pollock).

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Credits
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho
Cinematography: Hong Kyung-pyo
Music: Marco Beltrami
Sound: Anna Behlmer, Dave Whitehead
Editing: Steve M. Choe, Kim Chang-Ju
Production Design: Ondřej Nekvasil
Producer: Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun, Tae-sung Jeong
Costumes: Catherine George, Sara Ziia
Cast: Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Ewen Bremner, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ah-seong Ko
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