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Bong Joon-ho, one of the titans of Korean genre cinema who gave us the exceptional THE HOST and MEMORIES OF MURDER is getting rolling on his long-gestating take on French graphic novel LE TRANSPERCENEIGE.
The tale, set in a tundra-like aftermath caused by world war and climate change, sees survivors of the devastation aboard a train that quickly descends into a uncivilized vessel. Korean Film reports that the equally esteemed Park Chan-wook (OLDBOY, THIRST) is producing the film, which will see most of its action aboard the train, which shares its name with the title: SNOWPIERCER.
Planned to be an international co-production between South Korea, France and the U.S., Bong Joon-ho has high expectations for SNOWPIERCER and actor Song Kang-ho (THE HOST, THIRST), telling the site, "When I was filming THE HOST, I wanted in a way to makesuch a definitive film set around the Han River that other directors wouldn’t be able to shoot there again [laughs]. With SNOWPIERCER, I’m working with the mindset that ‘there will be no more train films’."
On Song Kang-ho, he revealed, "He isn’t one of the lead actors, but he’ll play a very attractive character like Han Solo in STAR WARS." Hopefully, it's that rad looking gentleman on the left.
SNOWPIERCER is expected to shoot in Czech Republic in March.
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