SNOWPIERCER To Be Cut By 20 Minutes For American Release

SNOWPIERCER To Be Cut By 20 Minutes For American Release

The notoriously snip-happy Harvey Weinstein is apparently looking to take his scissors to Bong Joon-ho's highly anticipated sci-fi flick. Why? According to sources it's because he thinks if you happen to live in the American mid-west, you'll be too stupid to understand it..

Film critic and programmer Tony Rayns attended the July 29th Seoul premiere of Snowpiercer and received word about Weinstein's plan to gut the film for US audiences. "TWC people have told Bong that their aim is to make sure the film 'will be understood by audiences in Iowa ... and Oklahoma.'" In other words, they think a certain section of the US will be too dumb to grasp certain elements of the movie. Rayns continues, "Leaving aside the issue of what Weinstein thinks of its audience, it seems to say the least anomalous that the rest of the English-speaking world has to be dragged down to the presumed level of American mid-west hicks." Rayns spoke to director Bong Joon-ho who told him that the majority of the cuts would come "in the form of character detail", basically turning what is apparently a deep and thought provoking sci-fi film into a straightforward action movie -- and as if that wasn't enough, voiceovers will now be added to the opening and closing of the film. Rayns reckons the UK will be protesting the cuts and he hopes that Australia will follow suit, but it's unlikely that American audiences will escape "Harvey Scissorhands'" dumbed down version of Snowpierecer. Thoughts?

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ParisSun - 8/6/2013, 5:08 AM
That's fine I'll just wait to pick up the uncut version on dvd. Screw you pal.
Jolt17 - 8/6/2013, 5:10 AM
Well, thanks.

InfiniteMonkey - 8/6/2013, 5:24 AM
Yeah, understandable. American general audience's attention span is not that great at all. LOL
Embassada - 8/6/2013, 5:29 AM
I was beginning to get intrigued by this movie but Weinstein had to stick his finger in our food. Oh well; I can still wait until it comes out on bluray where it'll show its uncut version.
NorrinRaddical - 8/6/2013, 5:34 AM
That's an absolute shame. If true, this means a movie I was excited to give my money to in the theaters will have to wait indefinitely until I can rent the director's cut.

This movie's target audience US. Not THEM.

TerminalVoyd - 8/6/2013, 5:36 AM
Oh well then. There go my box office dollars. I'm sure if the PR stench from this bit of news doesn't stop the cuts from happening anyway, I can always pick up the movie as intended on Blu.

In the meantime, Harvey Scissorhands can eat a dick. I'm sure he can circumcise it himself.
Hellsing - 8/6/2013, 5:49 AM
Well that took longer than expected I mean after all this is a movie by an asian film maker, and Harvey Weinstein gets real excited with the scissors when the directors of asian origin and has a distinct style. I mean the [frick]ing wanker cut Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster to shreds.
malreyn - 8/6/2013, 5:53 AM
So, their reason is to accommodate a fairly small portion of the potential audience? Iowa and Oklahoma make up approximately 2.17% of the national population. And the assumption is that they're stupid and won't get it, but they don't actually know that for sure.

Yeah. This make total sense.
KingOnslaught - 8/6/2013, 6:02 AM
Dusk - 8/6/2013, 6:02 AM
I'm from Oklahoma. We gots us dem walmarts out here! I is gonna skip dis one in the big ol movie screens and wait til it comes on out on dem there blu dvd thingys cuz I is too stoopid for dis moovy.

[frick] you Weinstein. Oklahoma isn't a bunch of fuvkin hicks like a lot of people think.
julzeke - 8/6/2013, 6:02 AM
@TheDevil that's racist u a-hole, harvey weinstein might be a douche but that's not because he is jewish
Super12 - 8/6/2013, 6:10 AM
Yeah ok this is pretty retarded. I dont know much about this guy but clearly he has never stepped foot in the Midwest. Sounds like a pretentious prick to me.
fettastic - 8/6/2013, 6:11 AM
Guess I won't be watching this then.
JettJagguarrr - 8/6/2013, 6:14 AM
Ummmm....I think they have a valid point here.
thewonderer - 8/6/2013, 6:15 AM
Yes, screw supporting the hard working actors in the film for this asshole.

You people are worse than this guy.
jimoakley666 - 8/6/2013, 6:15 AM
I'd imagine the BBFC (British Film Classification) would allow the original distributor to release an unedited version over here. It's happened in the past where we bypass the watered down US (re)distributor.
marvel72 - 8/6/2013, 6:17 AM
XD hahahahahaha
Shadowelfz - 8/6/2013, 6:20 AM
He's an asshole but he's kinda right. I grew up all over the mid-west and the peole were stupid as hell, but the same goes everywhere else in the world right now. East coast of US and Europe included.

Whatever. Didnt have any interest in the first place so meh.
KNIGHT3000 - 8/6/2013, 6:21 AM
I take offense to this too, but... This is a result of people pointing out minuscule details in movies, claiming the overall product to be less than... comments like "How did Bruce Wayne get back to Gotham in RISES?", or "When did those Metropolis citizens begin to evacuate in STEEL?", or my favorite "How did Superman's environmental suit show up in the scout ship?". All of which there are obvious logical answers to, if only 1 would think...

Then people question why others think they are stupid...
jlabatman - 8/6/2013, 6:22 AM
Dumbass Iowans and Oklahomans!
jparr2 - 8/6/2013, 6:24 AM
Someone needs to put this out on social media so that the 'redneck' population can stop this money grubbing doucheknozzle from [frick]ing with what would be a great movie....get this on NBC and all the major 'news' outlets....
jerryblake - 8/6/2013, 6:27 AM
Harvey is not only a good director, but also a good musician. He reedited English version of Gandahar (1988). He threw away most of Gabriel Yared's soundtrack for the original version of the film.
Some nudity and sexual references were cut too.

thenerdicon4 - 8/6/2013, 6:32 AM
I will admit, people in America really don't want "thought provoking cinema" that is proven by the fact that the number 1 movie in our box office is AVATAR. A movie whose sole purpose was to be the best looking video game on the big screen. Just had to fall back on a cliche environmental message and throw in tons of action. if you put something thought provoking in it they will get bored and hate the movie cause "it made meh think to hard, i didn't understands it."
MexicanSexyman - 8/6/2013, 6:39 AM
Never heard of this movie before, but that is so stupid of them to take out footage because they think people are to dumb to understand.
Orphix - 8/6/2013, 6:43 AM
Ah down't know if sheesh my sista....but she shure is purdy!!!

I'm from Oklahoma!!!
Kyos - 8/6/2013, 7:08 AM
Urm... so that'd mean any chance of me seeing this in the cinema are about gone?! I'll get in line for the director's cut on blu-ray...
saymekian - 8/6/2013, 7:32 AM
As an intelligent Oklahoman, this makes me laugh. EVERYWHERE has their hicks and rednecks. Shouldn't he be more concerned about the south?
JettJagguarrr - 8/6/2013, 7:45 AM
This has become quite entertaining.
SageMode - 8/6/2013, 7:59 AM
What a hack
Geotheleo - 8/6/2013, 8:09 AM
Hmm well I'm from Alaska... Maybe he'll forget we are part of America! If not I'll ride my polar bear to his home and shoot my penguin launcher at him.>.<
MatTaylorX - 8/6/2013, 8:12 AM
If it happens, I'll wait for the directors cut on Blu Ray.
AreTudaEDub - 8/6/2013, 8:13 AM
I actually attended the first screening for this movie. It wad good...but the flow of the movie was a bit "weird". Not like the MoS with flash backs and stuff but the nuances of it was very anime style. And I'll be honest it was a very interesting concept but it wasn't as thought provoking as some would have you believe.

My screening had to give suggestions on what would make it better and a lot of people said further character development with the other supporting cast and back story. I think that's why they ended up adding the animated intro. But overall it was a solid 7/10. School scene was the best part, hope they keep it.
MarkV - 8/6/2013, 8:28 AM
They are taking the politics out of it. They are really scared the hicks WILL get the super leftist, classist themes and stay away in droves.
jonnytheshirt - 8/6/2013, 8:38 AM
That's show business. It is a French graphic novel mainstream consumption was probably never its aim. Martyrs - what a great french flick, not many get it however. Many films seem to me to be dumbed down however that is big movies for ya, hard to get film execs and studio execs to agree. Remember Kevin Smiths story about his Superman script? I'll be sure to find the original uncut version of this movie.
OrgasmicPotatoe - 8/6/2013, 8:57 AM
I love it when they say that Americans are too stupid for movies. You can't ignore the truth !

Reminds me of that time they changed "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" to "Sorcerer's Stone" in the United States because they thought Americans would be confused by the word "Philosopher". Accept it Americans, you are not as intelligent as the rest of the world.

Not that it's surprising...
JonStarkgaryen - 8/6/2013, 9:08 AM
Sending this dude a big [frick] you from Kansas.
OrgasmicPotatoe - 8/6/2013, 9:09 AM
Also, what @TheDevil said.
OdinsBeard - 8/6/2013, 9:13 AM
AreTudaEdub@ "And I'll be honest it was a very interesting concept but it wasn't as thought provoking as some would have you believe."

i agree 100%. it was a great action movie with awesome characters and a few surprises. it's not some arthouse, intellegent, mind-f**k. i'm not really sure what ole harvey thought audiences weren't going to understand. i thought it was all as straight forward as most movies. i dunno why you'd want to cut out character details, those are the best parts! (tho, i have no idea what parts they're actually cutting)

of course this all could just a be an awesome PR move. lol.
ManOfKrypton - 8/6/2013, 9:22 AM
If it's cut here in the UK I'll wait until it's released on Blu-Ray. I will not pay to see this in the cinema when 20mins have been dropped.
tazmaniak - 8/6/2013, 9:36 AM
@superbat777, you do realize Avatar was the number 1 movie in damn near every country for several weeks, right? It made $2B overseas. So, doesn't that also mean other countries don't won't thought provoking cinema and will flock to video games on the big screen? At least based on the point you're trying to make?
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