It's hard to imagine a more terrifying dystopia than a society where people have to spend their entire lives on public transport, and that's just one of the reasons why the premise of Korean director Bong Joon-ho's (The Host) latest sci-fi Snowpiercer sounds so intriguing. In a future where the entire planet has been gripped in freezing weather, a high-speed train with a strictly upheld class system travels around the world thanks to a perpetual motion engine. Desperate and angry, the Snowpiercer's lowest classes form a plan for a rebellion that could derail everything.
Snowpiercer has stayed more or less entirely under the radar in Western countries despite boasting an impressively star-studded cast of American and British actors. Chris Evans (The Avengers) plays the leader of the planned revolt, and the film also stars Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive), John Hurt (Doctor Who) and Octavia Spencer (The Help).
The film premiered in South Korea last summer to a generally very positive critical response, and a new international trailer has now arrived online to help promote the upcoming Japanese release. There are some new clips in it that weren't included in the previous trailers and featurettes, so it's definitely worth watching.
Snowpiercer arrives in Japanese theaters on February 7th, but while the North American and UK distribution rights are currently held by The Weinstein Company there have yet to be any release dates announced for these territories. It's possible that TWC wishes to keep Snowpiercer on hold until after Captain America: The Winter Soldier is released this spring, in order to capitalize on Evans' popularity, but if that was the case that an early summer release date would probably have been best.
Of course, fans of Bong's work might want to wait around for a director's cut on Blu-ray or DVD instead, as last year it was reported that TWC demanded 20 minutes be cut from the film for the US release, to ensure that it "will be understood by audiences in Iowa… and Oklahoma." Um... no offense?
Snowpiercer does not yet have a US release date, but we'll keep you updated.
Source: Kadokawa Pictures (via Craig Skinner)