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Bong Joon-ho prepping “Mother” follow-up

Bong Joon-ho prepping “Mother” follow-up (photo)

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Korean director Bong Joon-ho‘s last two films — 2007’s “The Host” and 2010’s “Mother” — didn’t just make my annual top ten lists here on, they both made my top five. Both were astoundingly suspenseful genre pieces as well as powerful family dramas with brilliant acting. As far as I’m concerned, there may not be a more interesting and exciting director working in film today, in Asia or anywhere, than Bong.

So this news from Korean Cinema Today via The Playlist got me very excited. They report that Bong is already deep in preproduction on his next movie, a post apocalyptic thriller entitled “Snowpiercer.” Here is KCT’s plot description.

“‘Snowpiercer’ is based on a French graphic novel and is set in the future where many people have died of extreme cold weather created by climate change. Survivors get on a train called the Snowpiercer, equipped with food and water, but as necessities start to run out, the train becomes a lawless place where anything goes… It’s mostly about what happens on the train and the plot is said to be brimming with non-stop action moving forward in the train.”

Bong’s a guy who likes trying on and playing with different genres. Each of the director’s last three films, “Mother,” “The Host,” and “Memories of Murder,” saw him embrace various kinds of genre fiction: detective story, monster movie, and police procedural, respectively. With Bong, it’s all about what genre he’s going to tackle next, and from that description, “Snowpiercer” reminds me of an old school Irwin Allen disaster movie — a couple of survivors in a race against time inside one enormous and deadly location.

The one bit of casting news on “Snowpiercer” so far is exciting as well: “The Host” and “Memories of Murder” star Song Kang-ho will reportedly play a supporting role in the film, “a very attractive character like Han Solo in ‘Star Wars,'” according to Bong. In Irwin Allen terms, I imagine that would make him Ernest Borgnine. Song was most recently seen by American audiences in (“Snowpiercer” producer) Park Chanwook’s “Thirst” and Kim Ji-woon’s “The Good The Bad The Weird.”

“Snowpiercer” is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters sometime around the end of 2012, just in time for next year’s top ten lists.

What’s your favorite Korean film? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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