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The Age of Shadows (2016)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 23 September 2016 (USA)
Japanese agents close in as members of the Korean resistance plan an attack in 1920's Seoul.

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Jung Chae-San
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Kim Woo-Jin
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Lee Jung-Chool
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Yun Gye-Soon
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Kim Sang Ho
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Jo Hwe-Ryung (as Sung-rok Shin)
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Ludvik
Tae-goo Eom ...
Hashimoto
Yeong-ju Seo ...
Joo Dong-Sung
Shingo Tsurumi ...
Higashi
Sang-hee Lee ...
Baby's mom
Yu-hwa Choi ...
Kim Sa-Hee
Ha-dam Jeong ...
Hanako
Soo Yeon Han ...
Mae-Hyang
Joon Go ...
Shim Sang-Do

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Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them. A talented Korean-born Japanese police officer, who was previously in the independence movement himself, is thrown into a dilemma between the demands of his reality and the instinct to support a greater cause. Written by Anthony Mumford

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Infiltrate and deceive

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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23 September 2016 (USA)  »

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Secret Agent  »

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Budget:

$8,620,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$165,685 (USA) (23 September 2016)

Gross:

$540,268 (USA) (21 October 2016)
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Trivia

Official submission of South Korea for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

Goofs

In the train one of the resistance members open the pocket watch with QUARTZ inscription on dial. Second hand of the watch moves in distinct steps reaffirming they have a quartz movement inside. Quartz watch was not invented in 20s and was not available till late 60s. See more »

Quotes

Jung Chae-San: The early bird catches the worm.
Lee Jung-Chool: The early bird gets caught.
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Soundtracks

Bolero
by André Rieu
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Wonderfully Atmospheric Period Film
17 January 2017 | by (Palm Springs - United States) – See all my reviews

This film has strong commercial potential because of its suspenseful narrative structure; the bravado cinematography and editing; the strong acting; the powerfully evocative production design; and the effective musical score. Loved the entire look of the film. Love the sepia tone, the 1920s period costumes and sets, the compelling storyline, and the circularity of the narrative structure. To me, the strongest storytellers working today in cinema are from Asia, and that makes me so very happy as Asian cinema has lost a lot of its standing in World Cinema without the post-War (II) Japanese masters.

Score Grid (out of 4)

Script/Story: 4

Cinematography/Visual Effect: 4+

Editing: 4

Sound/Musical Score: 4

Production Design: 4+

Acting/Performance: 4

Recommend the film? Absolutely. This foreign film has the appeal of today's Hollywood products: the action, suspense, music, etc. The operatic concluding scene -- underscored by Ravel's Bolero -- owes so much to both Scorsese and FFCoppola. Also to Andrze Wajda really in look and feel; wonder if Kim Jee-woon is familiar with the Polish master's work?

Thumbs way up!


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