In 2013 South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho released his first English film Snowpiercer in the US. The film is based on a graphic novel by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochelle, which Joon-Ho read in one sitting at a bookstore in South Korea. It took him a few years before he was able to make the film.
We met Joon-Ho in San Francisco in 2013 just before the release of Snowpiercer and talked to him about how he discovered the graphic novel ,meeting Rochelle and the making of the film. We also wanted to find out how this sociology major discovered his love for films, espeically American films and the influence of Sam Peckinpah, Alfred Hitchock and Quentin Tarantino on his filmmaking style.
Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans, Song-Kang-bo, Tilda Swinston, Jamie Hall, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer and Ed Harris.
Joon-Ho understands English very well, but decided to speak in Korean during the interview. There are a couple of places where he speaks in English.