Apocalypse Now: The back-story to ‘Snowpiercer’ has been revealed in an animated short

Just how did the passengers of the Snowpiercer – a colossal train that never stops running – wind-up aboard their new home? Well, according to the animated prequel to Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer that has recently surfaced online, they fought tooth and nail to procure their seats.

With a visual storytelling style similar to that of a motion comic, the 4-minute animated prequel does a serviceable job in succinctly telling the back-story to the upcoming dystopian film (it opens in South Korea on August 1), and will give those who view it a better understanding of the film’s world.

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Behind the scenes footage of Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Snowpiercer’

It’s been a long time coming but images and footage from Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer are starting to make their way onto the web.

Unfortunately, the video is only in Korean but it gives us a pretty good look at some intense scenes: a mutiny occurring on the Snowpiercer train and a breathtaking shot of the train itself beginning to lift off of the tracks while in motion.

Grimy and gloomy, this Sci-Fi film looks incredible. It’s hard not to get excited about a movie that is not only being directed by the great Bong Joon-ho (who also directed Mother and The Host) but stars an impressive ensemble cast: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho and Octavia Spencer.

The film, based on a French graphic novel entitled Le Transperceneige, takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting where Earth has been ravaged by global warming which triggered a new Ice Age. The only remaining members of the human race are stuck on board a train called The Snow Piercer. Very quickly a class system begins to develop on the train which sparks a rebellion.

The teaser footage says the film will be released “Summer 2013” so we should be seeing a proper first trailer sometime in the very near future.

Source: Twitchfilm