Snowpiercer to be shown on 250 screens in North America

Some of you may know, but Snowpiercer officially debuted in North America last week on about eight theaters in major metro areas.  It’s average take of over $20k per theater over the weekend was impressive enough that North American distributor Harvey Weinstein is expanding the release to 250 theaters this coming Friday (July 4th, happy birthday America!).

Wait a minute?  Didn’t this flick come out like in a year ago in Korea?  Why, yes it did.  It took so long to come out in the States probably due to some disagreements with Director Bong Joon-ho and the North American distributor on how well it would, uh, translate for a North American audience.  The Boston Globe has more of the grisly details on those “disagreements” here.

When Snowpiercer opened up last week it did so to largely positive reviews.  Among the more positive reviews, I liked Rolling Stone’s.

For shits and giggles, Variety compares Michael Bay and Transformers 4 to Bong Joon-ho and Snowpiercer.  But seriously, is there a comparison other then similar debut dates and the fact that both genres are “science fiction”?  It’s an amusing article none-the-less and perhaps enlightening on two different takes on movie globalization.

  • redwhitedude

    I’d say Variety magazine deserves a tongue lashing for juxtaposing Snowpiercer with a Michael Bay movie.

  • pawikirogii

    many reddit users have panned the movie. makes me wonder cuz the critics raved about ‘the host’ and i thought that movie was an absolute dud.

  • wangkon936

    EXPLOSIONS, BOOBS AND GIANT ROBOTS!!!!!

    How do you not like that? Dude, you are Un-American.

  • redwhitedude

    The last movie that I saw that featured giant robots was Pacific Rim. I want my money back on that one.

    You think you can intimidate me with that. I’ve been called a race traitor for not being into Starcraft. This is nothing compared to that. Ha!

  • wangkon936

    It was missing boobs. You are forgiven for not liking it.

  • bigmamat

    The Host a dud. Well I’m glad we don’t have to pick a movie together. I loved that movie.

  • bigmamat

    I’ve been wanting to see this movie but alas I live in a cultural waste land where there are no art house theaters or any way to see something that isn’t pushed out by the Regal Cinema chain. I’ve been waiting for it to hit DVD at least, Netflix, something. It’s right up my alley. Science fiction, Korean director, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang ho, a claustrophobic atmosphere, CGI and a bunch of smudged and dirty pissed off people. If Chris Evans takes his shirt off at least once what could possible go wrong?

  • http://thekoreanforeigner.blogspot.kr/ John Lee

    Sadly Chris Evans keeps his shirt on.

  • pawikirogii

    well, let’s not jump the gun, bigmama. how bout give me a few more korean titles you thought were good. here’s just a few from me: ‘save the green planet’, ‘eternal empire’, ‘bedeviled’, ‘the yellow sea’, ‘war of arrows’, ‘the good, the bad, the weird’, and ‘masquerade’. them were some good movies, man!

    88888

    in my defense, your honor, it may have been soupy but it tasted awesome. but i will follow counselor carr’s advice the next time i make them! hv a good day. you too bmmt.

  • pawikirogii

    one thing i like just looking at the posters is the multi ethnic cast. we need more movies like that. as for chris evans, i read recently he was in some movie where he’s in his birthday suite. don’t know the title but i’m sure a quick google search can reveal the answer.

    ps song gang ho rocks!

  • redwhitedude

    Go check Maxim Korea for that.

  • redwhitedude

    I find it amusing that Koreans made a big fuss about having a Korean director but Tilda Swinton came out stating that she doesn’t look at ethnicity.

  • wangkon936

    bigmamat, are you female?

  • kaizenmx

    Bioshock on a train

  • Sumo294

    I was shocked when I saw Snowpiercer–I thought it was a very decent movie.

  • Sumo294

    Best review ever–sums it up well!

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Actually, I really liked Pacific Rim. Even without the boobs.

  • bigmamat

    Yeah I suppose on the internet it’s hard to tell.

  • bigmamat

    Why be shocked? Korean movies are generally way better than Korean television.

  • redwhitedude

    Boobs wouldn’t have saved that movie.

  • Sumo294

    Korean movies are good but they look Korean. Snowpiercer looked like a Hollywood movie–the experience shocked me.

  • Sumo294

    If you grew up watching Robotech and Starblazers like his plumpness likely did–you would end up liking Pacific Rim. The movie reminded me of moments from my childhood. Watching it with friends with beer was a fun experience.

  • wangkon936

    You forgot Voltron, both the car and lion versions.

    Also, Mr. Koehler carries his weight rather well. The photos make him look rounder than he really is.

  • wangkon936

    Also, you don’t act extra girly like that Scorpio lady or have weird grammar like Yuna.

  • redwhitedude

    I grew up watching transformers, and Mazinger Z. That did me no good with Transformer movies. Also the original title for Starblazers is the english title of Space battleship Yamato. God! What the heck do these people who import it to the US do with stuff like this.

    I only watched a little bit of Voltron. Kind of cheesy show.

  • djson1

    I had not heard anything of this movie, but looking at the reviews, it looks to be a good one.

  • djson1

    Also, because the screen name has that “t” at the end. Otherwise, it would be a bit more obvious.

  • djson1

    I think you’re referring to “Not Another Teen Movie” where he has a fake banana split up his butt. If you grew up watching those teen movies, it’s a great parody to watch, just like those Scary Movie parodies.

  • bigmamat

    I haven’t seen Save the Green Planet or Eternal Empire. However, I loved Bedeviled even though it was tough to watch. The night I watched it my kids thought I had gone crazy because I started yelling at the screen “kill ’em”, “kill ’em all”! (It’s true I’m a bit aggressive.) I liked the Good The Bad and The Weird because I was raised on westerns and we just don’t make many of them anymore. If you like American movies I think the remake of 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale is pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining A War of Arrows turned out to be. I thought it was a very decent action movie. Masquerade was good as well but if we’re talking Lee Byung hun then I’m still partial to A Bittersweet Life. It was my first Korean gangster movie and the one that got me hooked. I watch all the gangster movies. As for comedies I still love Castaway on the Moon, it’s the strangest love story I’ve ever seen. I’ve watched all of the Kim Ki duk movies because grisly and really fucked up doesn’t bother me much since I’ve always liked horror movies.

  • bigmamat

    I know it’s been a problem my entire life. I look like a girl but sometimes act like a dude. When I was young I hung out with boys a lot. I used to out drink, smoke and cuss most of them. A lot of them used to be afraid of me. They wanted to hang out because I was fun, had a car and always had my own money but they were afraid to ask me out. After I was older I had two boyfriends that complained because I didn’t act clingy and helpless. One of them actually told me, “you never tell me you love me”. I just cackled and said, “damn! who’s the girl in this relationship?”. “You come over every weekend. I cook for you. You park your ass on my couch and I let you control my remote! What more do you want?” I broke up with him because he was too needy. LOL

  • bigmamat

    “T” is just the first letter in my first name….

  • bigmamat

    That would be money. Koreans make movies for way less money than in the US. I also don’t think they’re much into science fiction. When I think about it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Korean science fiction movie, The Host is the closest thing. Wait that newer movie The Flu is probably considered sci fi….

  • pawikirogii

    as movie fans, we’d get along just fine. every movie you’ve mentioned was just awesome. i’m happy to hear you liked ‘war of arrows’ and ‘bedeviled’. koreans make sleek and entertaining movies probably because they’re an emotion based people. you have a good day, bmmt. btw, i can’t imagine people wouldn’t know right away that you are a lady. you’re too gentle to be a man. :-)

    ps there’s lots of chatter on the net about ‘save the green planet’ and i highly recommend it. you can get it at netflix, i believe. ‘eternal empire’ is a constume political thriller. harder to find but it’s out there and worth a viewing!

  • pawikirogii

    i watched that movie a long long time ago. i didn’t know chris was in it and that he was the whipped cream guy. yes, the movie was hilarious.

  • pawikirogii

    sigh

  • redwhitedude

    I agree with Tilda Swinton. It’s the Koreans who are acting like they are desperate for recognition and make a big fuss and somehow the rest of the world will make a big fuss about it too.

  • pawikirogii

    i’m not making any fuss about the korean aspect of this movie. the film (made by a korean) is more reflective of america than many american films are. lastly, tilda’s comment is hogwash.

  • Guest

    Captain America has come a long way 😀

  • redwhitedude

    The focus should be on the quality of the movie not on ethnicity of the makers.

  • redwhitedude

    With a detour as the human torch.

  • bigmamat

    I love sageuk, because before I discovered Korean movies and television I was a Masterpiece Theater kind of nerd. Still am really. I’m a bit of a cinephile. Movies is how I became interested in Korea. After years of having a stereotypical mental block against Asian movies I watched a Chinese movie called Ashes of Time. Prior to that I thought Asian movies were black and white slow moving Japanese “masterpieces” or goofy martial arts pics with Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. Asian movies were undiscovered territory despite the few really wonderful Asian themed American productions I had seen. So I started wading through the various directors and genres of Asian film and kind of landed in Korea. Right away there was something comfortably familiar about Korean movies. It made me interested in learning more about Korea.

  • pawikirogii

    i know i’ve said this before but i MUST recommend ‘queen seondok’ if you are into saguk! first time i had to watch the next episode right away. i’m glad you are interested in korean culture.

  • bigmamat

    I haven’t watched that one because it’s about 50 episodes long so it’s quite a commitment.

  • http://jushinjok.blogspot.com JinJoo

    Silla women were lucky. They were allowed to have more than one husband (일처다부제一妻多夫制) ^&^

  • http://f5waeg.blogspot.com/ F5Waeg

    sweet jeebus I actually agree with pawi on something: The Host was awful

  • http://f5waeg.blogspot.com/ F5Waeg

    So I downloaded it and watched it. . .started off being very impressed. The idea was cool, a kind of Elysium type allegory for class warfare etc etc but on a freakin’ train how awesome is that??! Sadly, the last 15-20 minutes of it ruined it for me: yeah let’s blow up the train and kill everyone. Why not wait to blow the door open when you’re close to an old city, at least there might be something to scavenge and some cover. And if everyone is already frozen popsicles, where the hell did the polar bear come from?? And what is it doing in that hugely mountainous area?? If the polar bear survived, other humans did too. . . I stopped enjoy the allegory aspect of it since it just became too ridiculous at the end.

  • wangkon936

    Whoa, spoiler alert much?!?!

  • bumfromkorea

    There’s a machinery that literally violates the laws of thermodynamics on the train, and your problem with this movie is with how illogical the actions of a guy who’s been smoking drugs and living in a coffin for 14 years is?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vxHkAQRQUQ