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Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snowpiercer' Wins Best Picture, Director at Korean Film Critics Awards

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 19, 2013 at 11:50AM

Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi hit "Snowpiercer" swept the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards on November 18, scoring not only Best Picture, but also Best Director and Cinematography.
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Chris Evans in "Snowpiercer"
Chris Evans in "Snowpiercer"

Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi hit "Snowpiercer" swept the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards on November 18, scoring not only Best Picture, but also Best Director and Cinematography.

The dystopian thriller set aboard a train is one of Korea's most expensive films to date, and has been an international success, selling to a record 167 countries and earning one of the highest box office grosses of the year. It stars Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, among many others in a sprawling cast. (Check out the film's trailer here; character posters here.)

Han Jae-rim's costume drama about a fortune teller, "The Face Reader," also took home multiple awards, including Best Actor, Supporting Actor and Music. That film recently did well at the 50th Dae Jong Film Awards, Korea's equivalent to the Oscars.

No stateside release date has been set yet for "Snowpiercer," though it has distribution with the Weinstein Company. Word is, Harvey Scissorhands is tangling with Bong over final cut for the US version of the film.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.