Harvey Weinstein Wants to Cut 20 Minutes from Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Snowpiercer’

By August 7, 2013
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Harvey Weinstein’s at it again and no one is happy.

Although he and his former company (Miramax) and present company (The Weinstein Co.) are still producing and distributing mega hits and poignant films, Harvey seems to think he knows what American audiences like when it comes to Asian films and in turn, he can’t seem to keep his fingers out of the editing room.

How much editing are we talking? Well, according to the kids at AICN, A LOT. The dubbing crapfest of Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke, cutting TWENTY-THREE minutes from Stephen Chow’s epically awesome Shaolin Soccer and trying to edit (then outright kill before Quentin Tarantino stepped in) Zhang Yimou’s Hero have earned him the not-so-cool moniker “Harvey Scissorhands.”

When asked by The New Yorker back in 2002 about his predilection for doing what some view as dastardly deeds to said films, he said “I’m not cutting for fun, I’m cutting for the shit to work. All my life I served one master: the film. I love movies.”

Are you sure about that, dude?

ANYway, the latest Asian films he’s unnecessarily hack-and-slashed are Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster (of which Weinstein Co will release an abbreviated cut) and now he’s after Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer.

Peep the international trailer, then we’ll talk.

Seems like a pretty straightforward storyline, right? Not according to Weinstein.

Word on the playground is that Weinstein’s told Joon-ho he needs to cut twenty minutes from Snowpiercer before it hits theatres in U.S., England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand AND South Africa DESPITE the fact that it’s been critically praised and is KILLING it at the Korean box office.

Why? Because according to British film writer Tony Rayns, Weinstein is under the impression people in midwest are all slack-jawed yokels who just wouldn’t “get” this post-apocalyptic sci-fi film; despite the fact that most who live in the midwest are known for preparing for this sort of thing – not the apocalypse part, the natural disasters part.

Rayns told IF Magazine that “TWC (The Weinstein Co) people have told Bong that their aim is to make sure the film ‘will be understood by audiences in Iowa … and Oklahoma.’ 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.”

WOW.

So despite the mere fact that Snowpiercer stars American and English actors Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt AND Korean actors Ko Ah-seong and Song Kang-ho AND the aforementioned critical praise and Korean box office numbers, Weinstein still wants to cut cut cuttity cut cut…to get the film down from 126 to 106 minutes.

Way to have faith in the director and HIGH profile actors involved, Harvey.

Seriously, I love ya but hands off and let the film stand as-is.

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