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SNOWPIERCER Director Bong Joon-ho Discusses the Weinstein’s Forced Cuts on his Film

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


If you listen to the Geek legacy Podcast, and why wouldn’t you, then you may have heard me complain that The Weinstein Company is trying to hack 20 minutes off the American version of  Bong Joon-ho’s South Korean blockbuster Snowpiercer. Why does America care about a film made in South Korea? Well because is stars American actors like Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, Alison Pill, and Ed Harris. The film’s plot centers arouind the titular train as it travels through a frozen, post-apocalyptic wasteland, and there’s a revolution brewing among the poorer passengers.  Snowpiercer, which is a huge hit in South Korea, was sold to the Weinstein Company for an American release, and that is when Harvey Weinstein stated that he wanted twenty minutes gone and opening and closing voiceovers. Bong was recently reached for comment on the forced edits.

Speaking to Xin MSN [via Bleeding Cool], Joon-ho says:

I came here after editing for the American version. I’ve never produced a new version for overseas premieres, and this is the first time I’m making a new version. Weinstein is actually being pretty soft toward editing, probably because it’s noticed how critics have praised the film and know how angry movie fans get over new edits. They even asked me which parts I want to include in the film.

His choice of words means might as well translate into, “this sucks, but if I bitch too hard I won’t work in this town again.”  I haven’t seen the film yet but it is a film I was looking forward to seeing. I guess now we will have to wait for the inevitable DVD release of the “Director’s Cut”.

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