First Look: Animated Prequel to Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer”
  • by Katherine Chou
  • August 2, 2013

Audiences worldwide eagerly await Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s English-language debut, “Snowpiercer.” Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the film contemplates the nature of humanity and whether or not it is worth saving. The film’s cast includes Korean actor Song Kang-ho, as well as Hollywood mainstays like Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Alison Pill, and Ed Harris.

After a failed experiment to stop global warming eliminates most of life on Earth, what remains of humanity survives aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the world powered by a perpetual-motion engine. Over time a class system develops, leading to a revolt by the poor who live at the back of the train.

The film has received critical praise so far, though a release date has yet to be announced. In the meantime, CJ Entertainment has released an animated short that sets up the film’s post-apocalyptic world. It is a chilling prequel to what looks to be a promising work of cinematic science fiction.