Friday, January 30, 2015

News: All Aboard! SNOWPIERCER Spoof Coming This Year

By Pierce Conran

The most well known Korean film of the last few years is coming back to screens, reimagined as an erotic parody. Bong Man-dae, the director of Cinderella (2006) and Playboy Bong (2013), though most well known as a purveyor of softcore erotica, is turning Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer into Rice Cake Soup Train (Ddeok-gook-yeol-cha, 떡국열차). That title's a bit of a mouthful (sorry, had to do it) but it makes more sense in Korean. If and when they decide this could target a foreign audience, I'm sure they'll come up with something better.

The director is shooting a teaser today and tomorrow, which should be ready in time for the Lunar New Year (Seolnal), a major holiday when Koreans eat, you guessed it, rice cake soup. The film itself will begin shooting in March while Kim Gu-ra, a comedian who seldom ventures into film, will take on the lead role. The plan is for the film to be released in the second half of the year.

It's hard to know what to expect, but Bong is a master of deadpan comedy, not unlike his more well known namesake. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this and will make sure to share the teaser when it surfaces in a few weeks.

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