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Watch: Bong Joon-Ho Visits The Criterion Closet, Gets New Copy Of Movie Park Chan-Wook Never Gave Back & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2014 9:25 AM
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Bong Joon-Ho Snowpiercer
With "Snowpiercer" now playing, Bong Joon-ho is doing the rounds in support of the film, but he took a few moments while in New York City to stop by The Criterion Collection and do what we've all dreamed of doing—grabbing as many copies of their releases as he can.

Watch: Bong Joon-Ho’s 4-Part Student Film 'Incoherence'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 1, 2014 11:06 AM
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Bong Joon-ho Snowpiercer
Sure, Bong Joon-ho’s latest film, “Snowpiercer," may not have stood a chance at the box office against the monstrosity that is “Transformers,” but it certainly won the summer in our hearts. As Bong’s comic-book adaptation slowly begins its expansion over the coming weeks, it’s as good a time as any to take a look at the South Korean director’s humble beginnings.

Primer: 10 Essential Films Of The Korean New Wave

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 26, 2014 2:44 PM
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Korean Essentials Primer
This weekend, after what seems like roughly a decade of delays, rumors, teases, announcements, retractions and general bloviating, Bong Joon-ho’s anxiously awaited “Snowpiercer” hits screens. Of course it seems like years, but it was in fact “only” last October, after its South Korean August bow, that the film snuck out in France (from where we reviewed it), after which it rolled out in Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, and you know, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan before finally coming to the U.S., marking one of the stranger international release strategies for a genre picture starring a recognisable American action star in recent memory. Might it be the only Chris Evans film ever to open in Mongolia three months before the U.S.?

Interview: Bong Joon-Ho Talks ‘Snowpiercer' & Why The Stories About Harvey Weinstein Conflict Are Wrong

  • By Alex Suskind
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  • June 26, 2014 12:25 PM
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Snowpiercer
Before the critical praise, the overseas box office success, and the rumored infighting between director Bong Joon-ho and studio head Harvey Weinstein, the film “Snowpiercer” was a graphic novel. Called “La Transperceneige,” it focused on a post-apocalyptic world, one filled with class warfare, political strife, and global warming, all set on a train carrying the last humans on earth.

Review: Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snowpiercer' Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 25, 2014 7:31 PM
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Snowpiercer
Few films without a firm release date (in most of the world, at least) have inspired as much chatter of late than Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer." The English-language debut of the South Korean mastermind behind "Memories of Murder," "The Host" and "Mother," it features an all-star cast and a hefty budget, and was snapped up early on by The Weinstein Company.

Fox Reportedly Cut 20 Minutes From Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker' & Bong Joon-Ho Talks Next Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 5:41 PM
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As we noted in our feature 5 Great & 5 Disappointing English-Language Debuts By Foreign-Language Directors, when filmmakers from abroad come to Hollywood, the results can be a mixed bag. And that is sometimes down to the vastly different way things work in the industry stateside. "The main difference I noticed was, was how short the pre-production and production was in the United States, whereas the post was much longer in Korea," "Stoker" director Park Chan-Wook told us in 2013. "If you would ask me what my ideal process is, I would say, long pre-production, long production and long post-production." And while his American debut made it to cinemas without much drama (except from critics who were split on the pic), it would seem behind the scenes there were a few more problems.

Unpopular Opinion: Maybe Harvey Weinstein Should Cut 20 Minutes From ‘Snowpiercer’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 14, 2014 2:30 PM
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Snowpiercer
In case you’re not a totally dialed-in geek for this one, a battle has been raging in the press for several months over a movie that few journalists have actually seen. That film is South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming sci-fi graphic novel adaptation, “Snowpiercer,” featuring an international cast that includes Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Korean actors Song Kang-ho, Ko Ah-sung and many more. And the drama percolating over the last few months has been pitted as a classic David and Goliath story of art versus commerce.

'Snowpiercer' Director's Cut Coming To The U.S., But Only In Limited Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 10:50 PM
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Chris Evans, Snowpiercer
They say a good compromise is one where no one leaves the table happy, and that probably best describes the truce reached between The Weinstein Company and director Bong Joon-Ho. After months of rumor, anger and speculation that saw the filmmaker's fans, key cast members and the director himself lay public their displeasure about Harvey Weinstein's rumored plans to cut "Snowpiercer" by twenty minutes and add voiceover, the good news is that the director's cut of the film will get a U.S. The bad news? It might not play a theater near you.

Bong Joon-Ho Says Director's Cut Of 'Snowpiercer' May Get A U.S. Release After All

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 9:22 AM
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Is Harvey Weinstein finally getting the message? Over the past few months, mostly internet based fury has centered around Bong Joon-ho's apocalyptic thriller "Snowpiercer," and Harvey Weinstein's wishes to take his cinematic switchblade to it. The director himself was said to be privately "furious" about having to cut his film, while Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and screenwriter Kelly Masterson have all expressed their varying degrees of dismay at the movie being potentially chopped up. But it seems this whole saga may have a happy ending.

Bong Joon-Ho Unveiling Black & White Version Of 'Mother' At Mar Del Plata Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 9:01 AM
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As we continue to wait for his battle with The Weinstein Company over the cut of "Snowpiercer" to be resolved, Bong Joon-Ho isn't sitting idly by waiting for Harvey to call. Instead, he's boarded a plane and headed to Argentina where the filmmaker is sitting on the international competition jury of the Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, but he isn't just there to watch movies. The director will also have a retrospective program of his films with "Barking Dogs Never Bite," "The Host" and "Memories of Murder" all set to screen, with another one of his movies getting a unique makeover.

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