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Bong Joon-ho confirms cuts for the U.S. release of Snowpiercer; sources say he's "furious"

10.08.2013

Back in August we learned The Weinstein Company might be cutting almost twenty minutes from SNOWPIERCER for its U.S. release, but there hasn't been any news since. Some were hopeful that the company and director Bong Joon-ho could work something out with the film, however it does look like there will be cuts and Joon-ho is not pleased about it.

SNOWPIERCER was shown at the Busan festival Monday night, and Variety has quoted Bong Joon-ho confirming that The Weinstein Company will release their cut of his film for its United States release.

“We are still in discussions about the cut, but it is clear that this is the only director’s cut you will be able to see."

Bong Joon-ho wouldn't get into details on what is getting cut from his film, just that it will be "a little different". Variety has also talked to some people close to the director, and they say privately he's "furious" about the cuts. Unfortunately, if he goes public with his complaints it could further complicate the release of SNOWPIERCER.

But since the film has already been released in South Korea and other parts of the world, we might be able to import Bong Joon-ho's version of SNOWPIERCER before it even hits theaters over here. So who is going to be lining up at theaters to see TWC's cut of SNOWPIERCER? The people like us who follow movies would have already nabbed the import or downloaded it, so who will this movie be for? Hardcore Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton fans? My point is if TWC is looking to make a profit with a theatrical release, why make cuts to the film when you know the people that will make an effort to see it in theaters aren't going to bother if it's not Bong Joon-ho's cut?

SNOWPIERCER currently doesn't have a U.S. release date, but it probably would have one if TWC didn't want to make these damn cuts. Sorry, I'm a little pissy about this.

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Extra Tidbit: Have any of you seen SNOWPIERCER? And what do you think will be cut for the U.S. release? Twenty minutes is a pretty big chunk.
Source: Variety

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10:55PM on 10/08/2013

Thank God!

Saw this in Korea and definitely think it should be cut even more than 20 minutes. The last part of the film was terrible.
Saw this in Korea and definitely think it should be cut even more than 20 minutes. The last part of the film was terrible.
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9:56PM on 10/08/2013
I've heard differing opinions on this movie, with some saying that it could benefit from a few cuts. This is one I am looking forward to, so I think the cuts are negative, but I really can't judge yet. Either way, I am just happy we'll be getting this film. I've really been wanting to see this for a while.
I've heard differing opinions on this movie, with some saying that it could benefit from a few cuts. This is one I am looking forward to, so I think the cuts are negative, but I really can't judge yet. Either way, I am just happy we'll be getting this film. I've really been wanting to see this for a while.
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7:06PM on 10/08/2013
There's this belief from producers that American audiences don't like action scenes with wide shots, which is absurd. My bet is the Weinsteins' cuts also involved adding pointless shaky cam to all the fights.
There's this belief from producers that American audiences don't like action scenes with wide shots, which is absurd. My bet is the Weinsteins' cuts also involved adding pointless shaky cam to all the fights.
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6:20PM on 10/08/2013

It might actually be better

I would wager that if the "correct" 20 minutes were cut from the film, it would be an even better movie.
I would wager that if the "correct" 20 minutes were cut from the film, it would be an even better movie.
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6:09PM on 10/08/2013

Not pleased.

I've been waiting a very long time for this movie and to not get Joon-Ho's cut or even a release for the theatrical cut yet is frustrating. I remember reading at the same time Bong Joon-Ho announced Snowpiercer as his next movie, Park Chan-Wook announced Stoker as his. Now Stoker has come and gone and out on DVD shelves and Snowpiercer doesn't even have a release date yet. And I was looking forward to this more than Parks. I love Joon-Ho's movies and I'll take what I can get but here's hoping
I've been waiting a very long time for this movie and to not get Joon-Ho's cut or even a release for the theatrical cut yet is frustrating. I remember reading at the same time Bong Joon-Ho announced Snowpiercer as his next movie, Park Chan-Wook announced Stoker as his. Now Stoker has come and gone and out on DVD shelves and Snowpiercer doesn't even have a release date yet. And I was looking forward to this more than Parks. I love Joon-Ho's movies and I'll take what I can get but here's hoping for that director's cut DVD.
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4:57PM on 10/08/2013
I still remember the day I first saw the commercial for Taken. I immediately googled it to learn more and discovered it had already been out in Europe, so I watched that version online. having seen both versions I have to say I made the right choice to watch the uncut, unwatered down version first and this would be no different
I still remember the day I first saw the commercial for Taken. I immediately googled it to learn more and discovered it had already been out in Europe, so I watched that version online. having seen both versions I have to say I made the right choice to watch the uncut, unwatered down version first and this would be no different
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3:58PM on 10/08/2013
I guess I'll have to torrent the Korean Blu-Ray rip in the near future. See what you've done???
I guess I'll have to torrent the Korean Blu-Ray rip in the near future. See what you've done???
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2:51PM on 10/08/2013
Shit! I guess I'll just have to wait for the international cut to come out DVD/BluRay before I see it. Fuck, I was really wanting to catch this one in theaters. The Weinstein's always make some really crazy decision when it comes to the marketing and release of their films. I hate that they release their films on the terms of how it will do during awards season or if it's made by Quentin Tarantino. I love QT but damn guys give us some variety, and do not gut over 20 minutes of film.
Shit! I guess I'll just have to wait for the international cut to come out DVD/BluRay before I see it. Fuck, I was really wanting to catch this one in theaters. The Weinstein's always make some really crazy decision when it comes to the marketing and release of their films. I hate that they release their films on the terms of how it will do during awards season or if it's made by Quentin Tarantino. I love QT but damn guys give us some variety, and do not gut over 20 minutes of film.
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1:50PM on 10/08/2013

The Weinstein's

SUCK HARD. And thats putting it nicely. They have to be the worst fuckin producers out there. There was a time when they actually put out amazing films and didn't care about the money and actually care about the product now since they almost lost all they worked so hard for. They are fuckin money hungry and rather hack/slash a film to pieces to try and get some cash which is the stupidest fuckin thing you can possibly do because you won't be making no money back. I wish they would of gone out
SUCK HARD. And thats putting it nicely. They have to be the worst fuckin producers out there. There was a time when they actually put out amazing films and didn't care about the money and actually care about the product now since they almost lost all they worked so hard for. They are fuckin money hungry and rather hack/slash a film to pieces to try and get some cash which is the stupidest fuckin thing you can possibly do because you won't be making no money back. I wish they would of gone out bussiness like they were suppose to.

As for the only reason they don't screw over QT they know if they do they would be 4 feet under and really screwed. I don't understand why you can't just have a movie come out as attended. Do they think the American Population is morons or something ? Do they think we can't sit through a long movie. For crying out loud we sat through Avatar, titanic, lord of the rings, etc. We have the capable amount of time to sit and watch a movie. Maybe this movie will be release in his native country with out any cuts.

Sorry for the stupid rant. Just things like this kind of make me mad. Granted, sometimes cuts can make a movie really good and help a movie. But also they hurt the movie, or sometimes they do nothing because the movie is just shit. In this case I see it hurting the movie I really enjoyed the trailer for this a while back, I thought it was hugely different and looked like a lot of fun. I say he speaks up and and doesn't let The Weinstein's cut his film. But thats just me. Seriously how much longer would it matter for us to wait ?

Just put out a good movie and the correct one that's attended.

once again sorry for the rant.
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1:49PM on 10/08/2013

The Weinstein's

SUCK HARD. And thats putting it nicely. They have to be the worst fuckin producers out there. There was a time when they actually put out amazing films and didn't care about the money and actually care about the product now since they almost lost all they worked so hard for. They are fuckin money hungry and rather hack/slash a film to pieces to try and get some cash which is the stupidest fuckin thing you can possibly do because you won't be making no money back. I wish they would of gone out
SUCK HARD. And thats putting it nicely. They have to be the worst fuckin producers out there. There was a time when they actually put out amazing films and didn't care about the money and actually care about the product now since they almost lost all they worked so hard for. They are fuckin money hungry and rather hack/slash a film to pieces to try and get some cash which is the stupidest fuckin thing you can possibly do because you won't be making no money back. I wish they would of gone out bussiness like they were suppose to.

As for the only reason they don't screw over QT they know if they do they would be 4 feet under and really screwed. I don't understand why you can't just have a movie come out as attended. Do they think the American Population is morons or something ? Do they think we can't sit through a long movie. For crying out loud we sat through Avatar, titanic, lord of the rings, etc. We have the capable amount of time to sit and watch a movie. Maybe this movie will be release in his native country with out any cuts.

Sorry for the stupid rant. Just things like this kind of make me mad. Granted, sometimes cuts can make a movie really good and help a movie. But also they hurt the movie, or sometimes they do nothing because the movie is just shit. In this case I see it hurting the movie I really enjoyed the trailer for this a while back, I thought it was hugely different and looked like a lot of fun. I say he speaks up and and doesn't let The Weinstein's cut his film. But thats just me. Seriously how much longer would it matter for us to wait ?

Just put out a good movie and the correct one that's attended.

once again sorry for the rant.
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1:40PM on 10/08/2013
The only person they don't screw over is Quentin Tarantino and thank god for that at least.
The only person they don't screw over is Quentin Tarantino and thank god for that at least.
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10:53AM on 10/08/2013
Ah, The Weinstein Company. Who will you *not* screw over?
Ah, The Weinstein Company. Who will you *not* screw over?
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10:37AM on 10/08/2013

Hey Weinsteins !

I am going to download and sell the Korean version when it comes out..
FUCKERS!
I am going to download and sell the Korean version when it comes out..
FUCKERS!
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11:07AM on 10/08/2013
Best comment of the day!
Best comment of the day!
1:52PM on 10/08/2013
I'll join you they are seriously the most hungry money dickbags hollywood has to offer and thats fuckin hollywood. So that must be really bad.
I'll join you they are seriously the most hungry money dickbags hollywood has to offer and thats fuckin hollywood. So that must be really bad.
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10:11AM on 10/08/2013
The Weinsteins are a real mixed bag. Sometimes, they give us nerds and moviefans V for Vendetta or Cloud Atlas. And, we love them for it. Sometimes, they butcher Fanboys and Snowpiercer, and we wonder whether they understand and appreciate their audience/consumers.
The Weinsteins are a real mixed bag. Sometimes, they give us nerds and moviefans V for Vendetta or Cloud Atlas. And, we love them for it. Sometimes, they butcher Fanboys and Snowpiercer, and we wonder whether they understand and appreciate their audience/consumers.
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1:49PM on 10/08/2013
I don't know why people are upvoting this comment - The Weinsteins had nothing to do with Cloud Atlas or V for Vendetta. They're shitty through and through.
I don't know why people are upvoting this comment - The Weinsteins had nothing to do with Cloud Atlas or V for Vendetta. They're shitty through and through.
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9:59AM on 10/08/2013
This is why you don't deal with the Weinsteins if you want someone to distribute your film.
This is why you don't deal with the Weinsteins if you want someone to distribute your film.
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9:54AM on 10/08/2013
I hate it when director's vision got distorted by having to cut their own movies like this.
I hate it when director's vision got distorted by having to cut their own movies like this.
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9:28AM on 10/08/2013
20 minutes can make a big difference between a decent movie and an excellent movie so not pleased about this. In the back of my mind I'll be wondering "What got cut?", "Was this scene longer?", etc, etc. I hope we at least get the proper cut on Blu-Ray.
20 minutes can make a big difference between a decent movie and an excellent movie so not pleased about this. In the back of my mind I'll be wondering "What got cut?", "Was this scene longer?", etc, etc. I hope we at least get the proper cut on Blu-Ray.
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5:32PM on 10/08/2013
I kinda wonder if the class warfare themes played part in the decision
I kinda wonder if the class warfare themes played part in the decision
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