Last weekend several reports started coming in that there’s finally been an agreement reached over The Weinstein Company’s release of Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, which was my number 2 movie of last year. The good news – the territories they have distribution rights to (USA, Canada, UK, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand) will get the uncut version of the film. Thank goodness for that. The bad news – it’ll be a limited release, so many people who aren’t in major cities won’t be able to see it on the big screen.
I still can’t quite get over the idiocy of this whole situation. Snowpiercer is not a particularly long film (just over 2 hours), it’s smart and deals with mature subject matter but isn’t overly complicated. I couldn’t, and still can’t see any reason for it to cut at all. But adding to this; the film has been monumentally well-received by those who’ve had the chance to see it. It received glowing reviews in Korea and was an absolute smash hit at the box-office. And there’s not even anything specifically Korean about the story, it’s a universal one played out by an international cast.
There still hasn’t been a release date set for those English-speaking territories though, which further suggests that the film will probably see a DVD/streaming release in Korea and France, and of course will then be available for import and illegal downloading, before it hits theatres. It seems likely that many people will see this film first on their televisions, but I’d still encourage everyone to seek it out once they have the opportunity.