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Before the critical praise, the overseas box office success, and the rumored infighting between director Bong Joon-ho and studio head Harvey Weinstein, the film “Snowpiercer” was a graphic novel. Called “La Transperceneige,” it focused on a post-apocalyptic world, one filled with class warfare, political strife, and global warming, all set on a train carrying the last humans on earth. Bong was interested in the graphic novel's overall message, but more than that, he was intrigued by the setting: a train, split into social classes, with each car representing something new and unique, from the slums of the caboose to the nightclubs and aquariums of the head. Bong wanted to make this film. Last August, nine years after first picking up the novel, his wish came to fruition, as he finally released his interpretation, “Snowpiercer,” in overseas markets. The film itself represents a series of firsts for the veteran South Korean filmmaker. »

- Alex Suskind

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