Archive of films Snowpiercer / Seolguk-yeolcha

South Korea / USA / France / Czech Republic
2013, 125 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2014

After a second Ice Age chilled the earth, several thousand survivors packed into a train that has been traveling for 17 years. In the tail of the relentless Snowpiercer, however, the oppressed masses are gradually losing patience.… Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and John Hurt star in a sensational sci-fi thriller from the creator of Memories of Murder and The Host.


After a second Ice Age chilled the earth, several thousand survivors packed into a train that has been traveling for 17 years. In the tail of the relentless Snowpiercer, the oppressed masses are gradually losing patience, prevented by a small, well-armed force from moving forwards toward the engine and confronting Wilford, the mysterious creator of the express. Korean master of the art-house genre flick Bong Joon-ho shot this dystopian spectacular as his first English-language film, basing it on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, published in 1982. Made at Prague’s Barrandov Studios, this blockbuster with its philosophical subtext came into being with the considerable support of production designer Ondřej Nekvasil, the internationally renowned Czech art director and stage designer. The diverse yet flawless and compelling cast traveling on this train include Chris Evans (Captain America), John Hurt (The Elephant Man), Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale), Song Kang-ho (The Host), Tilda Swinton (Orlando), and Ed Harris (Pollock).

About the director

Bong Joon-ho

Bong Joon-ho (b. 1969, Seoul, South Korea) studied sociology and graduated from the Korean Film Academy. He debuted in features with Barking Dogs Never Bite (Peullandaseueui gae, 2000). Although the film went fairly unnoticed at domestic cinemas, at foreign festivals there was talk of a talent to be reckoned with. His next film, Memories of Murder (Sarinui chueok, 2003), was presented in the Another View section at KVIFF 2004. Soon even at home the director joined the ranks of the most vital and original Korean directors of the new millennium. His third film, The Host (Goimool, 2006), became a major domestic box-office success, with dozens of foreign engagements (festival and distribution). Bong’s films competently combine generic constructs with social and political agendas. After premiering at Cannes, his drama Mother (2009) took nearly 20 awards.


Bontonfilm, a.s.
Na Poříčí 1047/26, 110 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 257 415 111
Fax: +420 257 415 113
E-mail: [email protected]

CJ Entertainment Inc.
26th Fl., Parnas Tower 521, Teheran-ro, 06 164, Seoul
Korea (Democratic People's Republic of)
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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho
Dir. of Photography: Hong Kyung-pyo
Music: Marco Beltrami
Editor: Steve M. Choe, Kim Chang-Ju
Producer: Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun, Tae-sung Jeong
Production: Moho Film
Coproduction: Opus Pictures, CJ Entertainment
Cast: Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer
Contact: CJ Entertainment Inc.
Distributor: Bontonfilm, a.s.


Ondřej Nekvasil

Film Crew

Bong Joon-ho

Film Director

T.J. Park


Daniel Dušek


Martin Palán

Distributor, Producer


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