At long last, the acclaimed post-apocalyptic film Snowpiercer is coming to select U.S. theaters this weekend. We were lucky enough to sit down with director Bong Joon-ho for an exclusive interview, and he unraveled the movie's themes and the reasons for its unique visual style.
Note: We talked to Bong Joon-ho through an interpreter.
Snowpiercer, based on the French graphic novel, takes place after a new Ice Age has overtaken the world. The only survivors of humanity are on board a massive train that's a whole self-contained environment, constantly in motion around the world. And this highly stratified society is incredibly oppressive for the people in the tail section, including Curtis (Chris Evans) who plots with Gilliam (John Hurt) to rise up and take over the train from the oppressors, played by Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris among others. To this end, they bust out a drug-addicted locksmith named Nam (Song Kang-ho) and his daughter.