Twitchfilm Asian cinema contributor James Marsh has announced confirmation via Twitter that Hong Kong will be receiving the original Korean version of co-writer and director Bong Joon-Ho‘s contained sci-fi action thriller, Snowpiercer on November 28, 2013, courtesy of Golden Scene. The news is a major score for fans across the world eagerly waiting to see the director’s cut of the film, which has received positive reviews further ornamented by the approval of the authors of the original novel since its South Korean relase.
Aside from Japan, Hong Kong is just the latest addition on a list
of largely unknown countries that will get to see the director’s cut of the film on a multi-territorial level, in addition to the previously reported version of Bong
‘s film to be released in France from Wild Side Films, in association with Le Pacte. Furthermore, U.S. fans are still awaiting details on just how the version will be introduced to North America when it is finally released, off the heels of reports that the film was being slashed by 20-minutes for U.S. distribution from The Weinstein Company, news that was reportedly denied
to be true by the director himself during his attendance at the 39th Annual Deauville American Film Festival.
Based on a screenplay by Bong and co-writer Kelly Masterson, Snowpiercer is the live-action adaptation of the French graphic novel, “Le Transperceniege” by Benjamin Legrand and Jacques Lob. Set in the year 2035, a failed attempt to stave off global warming has left Earth covered in extreme cold and snow, forcing remaining survivors on a motion engine-powered mega train that circumnavigates the earth year-round. Ultimately, with a class system dividing the rich and wealthy from the poor passengers in the back of the train, a revolution ensues.
Snowpiercer will release in France on October 30, 2013, starring Chris Evans, Sung Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremmer, Allison Pill, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt and Ed Harris.
Things are still in the air, folks! Stay tuned for further updates.
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