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You Can Now Watch Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Underrated Best’ Film On Netflix

by : Cameron Frew on : 11 Feb 2020 12:10
You Can Now Watch Bong Joon Ho's 'Underrated Best' Film On NetflixPA Images/Radius-TWC

Bong Joon-ho made history at the Oscars with four wins, including Best Picture. Interest in his oeuvre is higher than ever – fortunately, one of his greatest works is available on Netflix right now. 

Parasite’s conquering of the Academy Awards marks a turning of the tide for foreign cinema infiltrating the mainstream. Nothing combats ignorance like success – and Bong’s class warfare masterpiece is set to introduce thousands of film-goers to a whole new world of movies.

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The director’s filmography is chock-full of captivating, genre-bending triumphs. For those new to his work, here’s where to start: Snowpiercer, which features Captain America himself.

Check out the trailer for Snowpiercer below: 

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Released in 2013, Bong’s foray into sci-fi follows the Snowpiercer, a globe-railing train carrying the last remnants of humanity after a climate experiment plunges Earth into a volatile new Ice Age. Chris Evans stars as Curtis Everett, a member of the low-class population who leads a revolution above the bread line and beyond.

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USA Today‘s Claudia Puig wrote: ‘Snowpiercer is a rare hybrid that perfectly blends the dazzle of a futuristic action thriller with the intellectual substance of an art film.’

Entertainment Weekly‘s Chris Nashawaty wrote: ‘Snowpiercer sucks you into its strange, brave new world so completely, it leaves you with the all-too-rare sensation that you’ve just witnessed something you’ve never seen before…and need to see again.’

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Despite featuring such a huge headline lead (along with Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt and Bong’s trademark collaborator, Song Kang-ho), it was buried with a VOD release outside the US, with the UK kept almost entirely in the dark. Why? Well, because of Harvey Weinstein.

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Back in 2012, The Weinstein Company bought the film’s distribution rights from CJ Entertainment after reading the script and seeing some completed footage, with plans for a wide release in North America, as well as throughout the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

However, Snowpiercer hit a bump in its journey to the screen when Weinstein demanded that 20 minutes of footage be edited and opening and closing monologues be added. However, Bong refused – and the film was buried.

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People weren’t so quick to let the film go. Following a fan petition for the director’s cut to be released, the film switched distributors to Radius-TWC – eventually leading to a wider release in the US in 2014. Alas, it’d take another four years before the UK could enjoy it without importing a DVD, when it dropped on Amazon Prime. Last year, it was also added to Netflix.

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Along with Snowpiercer, Bong’s Okja – a heartbreaking look at the carnivorous nature of multinational corporations, as well as a beautiful coming-of-age story – is also available to stream on the platform.

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Film and TV, Bong Joon-Ho, Chris Evans, Film, Netflix, Parasite

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USA Today and 1 other
  1. USA Today

    Stylish 'Snowpiercer' takes a cold look at class divisions

  2. Entertainment Weekly

    Snowpiercer Movie