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
The event described in the beginning of the film is based on an actual event. In February 2000 at a US military facility located in the center of Seoul, a US military civilian employee named Mr. McFarland was ordered to dispose of formaldehyde by dumping it into the sewer system that led to the Han River, despite the objection of a South Korean subordinate. The government attempted to prosecute Mr. McFarland in court, but the US military refused to hand over the custody of Mr. McFarland to the South Korean legal system. Later, a South Korean judge convicted Mr. McFarland in absentia. The Public was enraged at the government's inability to enforce its law on its own soil. In 2005, nearly five years after the original incident, Mr. McFarland was finally found guilty in a court in his presence. However, he never served the actual prison sentence, and there have been no sightings of a mutant creature in the Han River - yet. See more »
The sewerage they are searching the monster in, is dry and clean. See more »
[moving in towards the dividing screen of plastic to insist to Gang-du]
Your daughter never called you in the first place, okay?
Your son had a dream, but it was so real that...
[Nam-joo interrupts him by placing the flat of her hand to his chest]
You don't believe anything we said?
Now you're obstructing an officer in the line of duty.
[Gently pushing his daughter away]
Step back, Nam-joo.
Officer, should I explain it again? The way it happened was...
I know, I know, I know. You ...
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Just before the credits ends, you can hear a loud roar of the monster. See more »
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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