By Will Ashton
Director Bong Joon-ho’s (Mother) English-language debut Snowpiercer has already been released in Joon-ho’s native South Korea. In fact, it was the biggest debut South Korea has ever had. But, as it is making big bucks overseas, it still hasn’t established a release date here in the States. And, it appears there’s a reason for it.
The Weinstein Company owns the rights on the film for the U.S., along with Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. But it appears that, before the Weinstein Company plans on releasing the film, they are going to make 20 minutes of cuts on the 126-minute run time. The reason for these cuts? It appears that the Weinstein Company think American audiences are stupid.
According to if.com.au, “Weinstein is demanding Bong slash the 126-minutes running time by 20 minutes for the version to be released in TWC’s territories.” These cuts, “would eliminate much of the character detail, which would make the film seem more like an action movie. Weinstein is also adding opening and closing voice-overs.”
Tony Rayns told the website that Harvey Weinstein is making the cuts so that they can make sure, “the film will be understood by audiences in Iowa…and Oklahoma.”
It’s stories like this that make Harvey Weinstein earn his nickname “Harvey Scissorhands.” As someone very much looking forward to this movie, I find this news very disheartening. I really hope this isn’t happening, but, of course, it’s out of my hands. The best we can hope for, I guess, is that a director’s cut will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray.