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Snowpiercer (2013)

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Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.


(as Bong Joon Ho)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Namgoong Minsoo (as Song Kang Ho)
Yona (as Ko Asung)
Franco the Elder
Emma Levie ...
Steve Park ...
Fuyu (as Stephen Park)


Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For 17 years, the world's survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis, a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway. Written by Anne Campbell

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Fight your way to the front See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Expresso do Amanhã  »

Box Office


$39,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$171,187 (USA) (27 June 2014)


$4,563,029 (USA) (17 October 2014)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joon-ho Bong first wrote the part of Mason with John C. Reilly in mind, but then adapted the character for Tilda Swinton, though he intentionally left lines of Mason being referred to in the masculine-form in the script, which show up in the movie. See more »


When Wilford is discussing with Curtis that taking over command of the engine is Curtis' "destiny", the shot overlooks the entire train car where Curtis, Wilford and Claude were previously sitting. In this shot, Claude is nowhere to be seen, but she later returns to the shot, inside of the car, when Yona opens it from the outside. See more »


[first lines]
Male Reporter: Good morning. On this day, July 1st, 2014, at this hour, 0600, we are at the first airport in the world...
Female Reporter: The topic of so much controversy over the past seven years has continued development. Protests from environmental groups and a number of developing countries continue. But in accordance with...
Male Reporter: It had been claimed that CW7 is the answer to global warning. And we are witnessing it...
Female Reporter: Leaders argue that global warming can no longer be ignored. Today, 79 countries will begin ...
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References The Shining (1980) See more »


Goldberg Variations, Air and Variations Nos. 1-30 BMW 988
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Jim Long
Courtesy of Crucial Music and Point Classics
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User Reviews

Much better than i expected
12 August 2013 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Wow, i honestly did not expect much from this movie from the trailer. The message seemed one dimensional, and the whole 'action' bit from the trailer wasn't really that impressing. Only thing that dragged me to the theater was the director's name (also the great cast), and i am happy to say that i'm pleasantly blown away by director Bong once again. The movie looked great, the first half was beyond thrilling, the acting for the latter half was just, top notch, the action was bloody and fantastic, and most of all, the ideology behind the story was interesting to say at least.

I can't really say anything more than that since saying anything beside the trailer would be a dead giveaway, but really, wow.

I honestly don't know how the director's unique style and choices would get to the American audience, but as a person who enjoys this strange and beautiful execution of director Bong, this movie fulfilled everything i want from Bong's film an intellectual Sifi movie. It gave me a handful amount of things to think and talk about, and those kinds of movies always give me the best movie experiences. Definitely one of the must watches of this year.

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