It's been a long, strange trip for Bong Joon-ho's beleaguered English language debut, Snowpiercer. What was one of the most anticipated films of 2013 became one of its most missed opportunities when it failed to secure a release date on The Weinstein Company's release slate. Recently, HitFix came forward with the news that the film would be opening the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday, June 11th.
David Ansen, the Artistic Director for the Festival, made this statement when promoting the film's presence:
As fans of 'The Host' and 'Mother' know, Bong takes popular genres to a visionary new level. Here he puts us on a speeding train in a frozen post-apocalyptic future…and treats us to a wild, funny and darkly provocative ride. You've never seen anything quite like it!
Mr. Ansen's enthusiasm is shared by many a genre fan who have been waiting for this movie since the first details of the project hit the Internet. For those of you who haven't been following this story for a while, everything started with the dark days when it looked like we weren't going to see this movie. That news only went from bad to worse when it was announced that The Weinstein Company wanted to trim the film by 20 minutes in order to try and make a more four quadrant, audience friendly product. Take those notes from the Weinsteins and try to apply it to the movie that the trailers actually showed us.
Thankfully, artistic vision won this round of wait and see as it was eventually announced that the film would not be trimmed for US theatrical release. So for those of you who were thinking of importing the Blu Ray, if you just wait a little bit longer, you won't have to overspend on a foreign disc purchase. After all of this press activity, opening weekend is going to be watched closer than ever, and your ticket is your vote that the fight was worth it all!
Snowpiercer opens the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 11th, with a theatrical release date of unknown scope on June 27th. To get yourself caught up with the world of the film (if you don't have the time to read the graphic novels), here's the animated prequel that was released in anticipation of the film's original Korean release last summer.