BONG JOON-HO | SOUTH KOREA, CZECH REPUBLIC | 2013 | 126 MIN | R | ENGLISH, KOREAN
In a not-too-distant future in which a catastrophic attempt to halt global warming has triggered another ice age, the last remaining humans survive onboard a massive, perpetually moving train. After years of being mistreated and sequestered to the train’s grimy tail end while the elites live in luxury in the train’s lavish front cars, Curtis (Chris Evans) and his working-class compatriots stage a rebellion, fighting their way to the front of the train one cabin at a time. Bong’s English-language debut is an ambitious, furiously entertaining demonstration of both the auteur’s technical mastery and the same penetrative skewering of class divisions that he’d so brilliantly deploy in Parasite.
Cast: Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton
“Leaves you with the all too rare sensation that you’ve just witnessed something you’ve never seen before…and need to see again and again.” –Entertainment Weekly
Part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s BONG JOON-HO: BEFORE PARASITE series. CLICK HERE to purchase the entire series at a discounted rate.