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The Host stars join Bong Joon-ho’s international sci-fi thriller

A-list director Bong Joon-ho (Mother) is bringing back a couple of stars from one of his biggest hits, The Host, for his newest project, Snow Piercer, which sounds like quite the large-scale sci-fi/thriller/action venture. In it, Go Ah-sung (God of Study) and Song Kang-ho team up to play a father-daughter duo, as they did six years ago in The Host.

Snow Piercer is based on a French sci-fi graphic novel wherein passengers of a train struggle to survive in a frozen-cold world covered in snow. It also boasts an impressive international cast of actors from the States, Japan, France, and England: Attached to star are John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, and Tilda Swinton. Furthermore, director Park Chan-wook (Thirst, Oldboy) is attached to produce. So basically, it’s hipster-geek-cinephile heaven.

Normally I find media hype over these “Korean stars go Hollywood” projects to be overblown, but in this case, I’m impressed with the caliber of talent involved. And intrigued at the story; I loved The Host and how Bong managed to take a sci-fi monster movie and give it emotion and meaning.

Snow Piercer is scheduled to begin principal photography on April 16, although the production will jet to Austria at the end of March for preparatory shoots. It’ll wrap in July, and release in 2013.


Go Ah-sung and Song Kang-ho in The Host

Via Star News

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I JUST watched The Host Sunday on my quest to watch all of Song Kang-ho films, in which he gets shot, stabbed, hurt in other dastardly ways and rarely has a happy ending.

The thing with KSH is you can never ever see him acting. No matter if he is an NK border soldier, sad Dad gangster, bad hitman, or my fav - a diseased adulterer murdering vampire priest - you pretty much believe he woke up that day as that character and just showed up to film his reality.

It would be pretty darn cool to see this pair on the screens here.

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Have you seen him in Foul King? Basically, he can do it all...And I thought he was totally awesome in Nom, nom, nom..and then there's the baseball movie YMCA...geeze.

Now I'm on a mission to see what kind of role he hasn't played! He was hysterical in No. 3! So quirky.....

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Song Kang Ho is fabulous. You're right. He can play anyone.

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why am I not surprised Jomo was first to comment? And what's not to say, he is the AWESOMESAUCE. Truly, never boring, can bring it all to the screen ...

and the casting and directing lined up? It sounds win-win-win!

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I'm still trying to get over the fact that the HOST was made six years ago......

(ok, done)

you are so right! With KSH he can be a crazed mountain hiker in one movie and it just makes sense. He just is. Then all of a sudden I watch his next masterpiece performance and he was just BORN the north korean man.

just darn cool. :)

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Wow, this sounds interesting! I loved The Host too, I was totally not prepared to be crying that much!

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wow this cast is super impressive. def. looking forward to this one!

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This is very impressive. John Hurt and Tilda Swinton are very famous and talented here in the U.K so I'll look forward to how they will work with such a great actor as Song Kang Ho. With so many big names involved and the interesting premise, I really do anticipate that the project will be very successful.

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Don't forget Billy Elliot, Jamie Bell!

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Four of my favorite British actors and actresses with Song Kang-ho and Bong Joon-ho?!?!! I never thought something like this would happen!

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I'm really pleased with how this seems to be shaping up.

Non-American directors branching out has not been going terribly well IMO. Hollywood seems to tag them with a single label which - given so many Korean films happily skip through genres with consummate skill - are pretty shallow. And then they saddle them with dross - Kim Ji-Won goes over there and gets landed with the superannuated lump that is Schwarzenegger. It makes you want to scream.

But Bong (and Park) seem to be keeping a much tighter hold here and doing it more on their own terms and that can only be a good thing. It worked recently for Sorrentino too, IMO.

So all the news on this is pushing it even higher up my most anticipated list!

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So are they going to be speaking English,Korean or Konglish?. Impressive casts...some oscar worthy actors there.

So whatever happen to Park Chan-wook directing the Stoker?. It's been a year and I havent heard any news about it.

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It's supposed to be in post-production last I heard. I was following the filming updates on a couple of sites and AsianWiki said it was complete last year.

Still not all that sure what it's about but everytime I read a (an admittedly very very short) synopsis I think of my favourite Hitchcock, Shadow of a Doubt.

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Thank you :). I hope it'll come out soon.

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Wow, thanks for reporting this news bit javabeans!! I've been anticipating this movie since new broke of it being BJH's latest project after Mother. And I am a HUGE fan of The Host and ahhhhhhh I'M SO EXCITED!!! *phewwww*

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I am liking this as well. I just hope that people over here & critics don't dismiss it when it comes out.

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for a large scale sci-fi movie the shooting time is so short, begin in late march and end in july, I thought it would take longer..

i've never watch any of bong jun-ho movies but I admire park chan-wook works. and i looking forward to see his latest movie Stoker.

anw, I hope this project will be great, I like jamie bell, john hurt and tilda swinton a lot, they're all talented & comitted actors.

Do the korean actors will speak english in this movie? sure there will be interaction between all of them, right.

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What a cast! That's a lot of talent. Looking forward to more info.

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CHRIS EVANS IS IN IT!

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"hipster-geek-cinephile heaven" Oh... yeah!

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TILDA SWINTON?!

As in the OZAM WHITE WITCH?! <3!

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anything with tilda swinton in it is LEGIT. can't wait for this to come out woot woot.

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Love this casting! I'm a fan of Go Ah-sung. :)

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Waw,is that Gil Pulip I've seen there? Been quite long time since God of Study.Thought she dismissed acting for her college life (being in Sungkyunkwan University she is),but of course she won't reject a project this big. Funny thing is,I remember though she was one of bad grade student in God of Stdy,her English speaking there was the best among other casts. Anyway,love her.She exudes simple yet very likable and charming vibe.

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Wow, they're coming to Austria? I cuold try stalking them, but honestly, I'm too lazy. This movie sounds intriguing! ^^

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