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

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Jee-woon Kim
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Cast

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

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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Taglines:

Friend or foe? Infiltration and deception. Suspicion and betrayal. The enemy lies within. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | Japanese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

23 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Age of Shadows See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,620,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$165,685, 23 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$540,268, 23 October 2016
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film is Warner Bros. first Korean production. 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

Lee Jung-Chool: [testifying before the judge] I always adhere to the work of the police.
[He sighs, and continues hoarsely]
Lee Jung-Chool: If the mission is successful, I will be promoted to Superintendent. I always give my utmost in police operations. I...
[He pauses, and sighs again, but this time his sigh trembles slightly]
Lee Jung-Chool: I have only to fulfil my duty as a Japanese police officer.
[He finds himself close to tears]
Lee Jung-Chool: I'm not a member of the Heroic Corps. I just wanted to manipulate Kim Woo-jin.
[...]
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When you're smiling
Written by Larry Shay (uncredited), Mark Fisher (uncredited) and Joe Goodwin (uncredited)
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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Starts slows but the second part is worth watching
4 September 2017 | by The CouchpotatoesSee all my reviews

I am pretty sure in South Korea this movie will score higher than I rated it. When it's in your own language it's always easier to follow. And Korean is not a great language to listen to when you're not understanding it. It's sounds like they are always angry when they speak. The movie is nicely shot though. But the major problem I had with it was that it was too long and it took a really long time to become interesting. You could easily cut out the first hour of the movie where nothing major happens. I started getting bored actually. But the second part of the movie is way better, I would say from about where they are in the train. If the whole movie would be at that level of intensity I would have scored it higher. Most of the actors were good, some a bit lesser. All in all it's worth a watch. From the Asian movies I watched the Koreans are for sure the best ones.


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