After months of patiently waiting, we finally have some concrete news about when we could see South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s English-language debut, and his take on a post-apocalyptic story, Snowpiercer. And as if finding out when we will get to see it isn’t enough, above is the first international trailer which, if you’re not already incredibly psyched for this, should do the trick.
Admittedly, this isn’t entirely good news. Sure, the release date set for Snowpiercer is August 1. But that date is specific to South Korea, which is awesome, if you happen to live there. Those of us living in the North America, Japan, France, and Russia, however, will have to wait a while longer. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that means most of us. Still, we’re that much closer to finding out. Seriously, this is killing me a little bit.
The trailer is by far the most exciting piece of this puzzle. We’ve seen a little bit of footage and behind the scenes video, but this is the first real look at Snowpiercer. We know the basic story—after the onset of a new ice age survivors hop on an endlessly moving train, society becomes divided into the rich and poor, and rebellion seethes in the lower echelons—which is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. But this video puts all of that information into context.
This trailer shows the true discrepancy in the living conditions between the two classes. One lives in cramped filth, while the other has ample room, food, education, and the power to push the others around. Tilda Swinton takes it upon herself to remind everyone of their standing. From all appearances, the rebellion has been coming for some time, and will be a violent, action heavy affair. And you probably could have guessed from the fact that he’s the biggest star, and that he gets top billing, but Chris Evans appears to be the leader of our brutal little uprising. We also learn that Song Kang-ho plays a security specialist, which we all know at this point is code for military grade badass. That’s a promising component.
Taken together, all the individual pieces of Snowpiercer add up to one epic looking movie. That score sounds perfect, and with a cast that also includes John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Ko Asung, Ewen Bremner, Ed Harris, and more, we should be in for a damn fine time.