Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces in this period action thriller.


Jee-woon Kim
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Credited cast:
Lee Byung-Hun ... Jung Chae-San
Kang-ho Song ... Lee Jung-Chool
Zach Aguilar ... Joo Dung-Sung (voice)
Gong Yoo ... Kim Woo-Jin
Richard Epcar ... Art Collector (voice)
Han Ji-min ... Yun Gye-Soon
Kaiji Tang ... Hashimoto (voice)
Kyle Hebert ... Ludvik (voice)
Kirk Thornton ... Kim Jan-Ok (voice)
Greg Chun ... Jo Hwe-Ryung (voice)
Xander Mobus Xander Mobus ... Jung Che-San (voice)
Michael McConnohie ... Lee Jang-Chool (voice)
Sean Chiplock Sean Chiplock ... Kim Woo-Jin (voice)
Seong-rok Sin ... Jo Hwe-Ryung (as Sung-rok Shin)
Bill Rogers ... Lee's Informant (voice)


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 See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller


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This film is Warner Bros. first Korean production. See more »


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 »


Jung Chae-San: Even when we fail, we move forward. The failures accrue, and we tread on them to advance to higher ground.
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Featured in Boléro, le refrain du monde (2019) See more »


When you're smiling
Written by Larry Shay (uncredited), Mark Fisher (uncredited) and Joe Goodwin (uncredited)
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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This Korean Film Just Pushed Gone With the Wind Away! Toppled it.
24 October 2019 | by ewleedsSee all my reviews

If you said to me that a Korean Film can beat 95% of the top films produced in the last 20 years, I would have serious doubts. To explain, I am an Hollywood Worshipper, a Hollywood lover and a picture goer with strong views, likes and dislikes. What we have here is a film that is in the same 'sleeper league; as the ShawShank Redemption, a film with a wonderful story, script, a great cast and one of the best films I have seen for ages. It shown on British TV 23 October 2019, my wife put it on, when she saw it was Korean she lost interest and went to bed, big mistake, I stayed, and was totally hypnotised and absorbed with it, great technical strides have been made in the last 40 years in every department of film production - but in Korea, with a foreign cast, with no familiar names, a film made for adults not 11-year old children, without one car chase, or male film star whose next film is to save the world, or rescue it from Mr Evil Doom, this Korean film Age of Shadows, is one to be fond of, to watch again and again, and in some respects to relive your great film memories sitting in the Empire Cinema, Stockton on Tees, England, when sitting in the Nine-Penny seats watching the African Queen, All About Eve, or the Wizard of Oz, Yes, it is that good. Watch it.

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Release Date:

23 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea


Box Office


$8,620,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$165,685, 25 September 2016

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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