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.
The film revolves around Park Hee-bong, a man in his late 60s. He runs a small snack bar on the banks of the Han River and lives with his two sons, one daughter, and one granddaughter. The Parks seem to lead a quite ordinary and peaceful life, but maybe they are a bit poorer than the average Seoulite. Hee-bong's elder son Gang-du is an immature and incompetent man in his 40s, whose wife left home long ago. Nam-il is the youngest son, an unemployed grumbler, and daughter Nam-joo is an archery medalist and member of the national team. One day, an unidentified monster suddenly appears from the depths of the Han River and spreads panic and death, and Gang-du's daughter Hyun-seo is carried off by the monster and disappears. All of the family members are in a great agony because they lost someone very dear to them. But when they find out she is still alive, they resolve to save her. Written by
In just over a month (38 days), this movie set a new record in Korean box office with viewers over 12.4 millions. Personally, I enjoyed the movie because it was a very different kind of scary movie. It was funny, friendly, realistic, emotional, AND very scary.
For international viewers outside of Korea, the movie provides a very vivid scenery of the Han River which runs through the heart of Seoul City. The riverbank, bridges, streets, stores, and people are so real and unedited which provides an added contrast to the appearance of the CG created monster which is so much out of this world.
After 38 days, the movie is still being shown in theaters within Korea where more than a quarter of the entire population has seen the movie already. Over 200 screens have opened up in Japan this week and news reports say that some 20 countries including US and UK have decided to raise the curtain soon.
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