Joon-ho Bong on Cutting 'Snowpiercer': Harvey is 'Soft Toward Editing'

August 29, 2013
Source: xinmsn

Joon-ho Bong

An interesting update on the news that Harvey Weinstein was forcing Korean filmmaker Joon-ho Bong to cut down his new sci-fi post-apocalyptic film Snowpiercer. It seems all of the complaints and negativity towards the news of the cuts, as first reported earlier this month after the film opened huge in Korea, have had an impact after all. At a recent "press event" covered by xinmsn Joon-ho Bong commented briefly on the cuts, stating: "[Harvey] Weinstein is actually being pretty soft toward editing, probably because it's noticed how critics have praised the film and know how angry movie fans get over new edits." Ohh, thank goodness.

Here's the full set of quotes about the cuts to Snowpiercer, as posted on xinmsn (found via Bleeding Cool):

"I came here after editing for the American version," he said. "I've never produced a new version for overseas premieres, and this is the first time I'm making a new version."

"Weinstein is actually being pretty soft toward editing, probably because it's noticed how critics have praised the film and know how angry movie fans get over new edits. They even asked me which parts I want to include in the film," he said.

Alas, that's all there is. No word on how much he has cut (if it's still a full 20 minutes as originally rumored) and how much different the final edited version will be, but it sounds like one thing is for sure - we will be seeing an edited version. It seems as if Weinstein is still pushing for and releasing a different version of the film in the US. Originally, word was that Harvey wanted to edit down and cut out extra "character detail" so that it "will be understood by audiences in Iowa" because, supposedly, "the American mid-west is too stupid for [the original director's cut of] Snowpiercer." While this is still a crappy situation and it means we'll still get a cut down release in the US, it's a relief to know that the director isn't freaking out about it (too much).

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments


Cant they just release a trailer showing all the action, no dialogue, then slap "The summers best action movie" in bold lettering over the screen? Trick dem Iowans into the cinema.

Al Apone on Aug 29, 2013


Wow. "And the people have spoken". I'm glad Weinstein Co. is listening.

Nick Sears on Aug 29, 2013


It doesn't need to be edited at all. The story's pacing was excellent. But if that is what it takes to allow US audiences to see it, then I suppose, some sacrifices must be made.

DAVIDPD on Aug 30, 2013


why should we get the short end of the stick ? or anybody , really ... I'd be fine with an edited version if they also provide links to buying/viewing the original online . Why can't this movie be a test of Hollywood new -Pay-OnDemand service ? ( yes if there was one ...).. I want to see the best version , not the supposed more media-friendly one

Dominic on Sep 3, 2013

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