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Mil-jeong (2016)

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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
Xander Mobus Xander Mobus ... Jung Che-San (voice)
Richard Epcar ... Art Collector (voice)
Kyle Hebert ... Ludvik (voice)
Kirk Thornton ... Kim Jan-Ok (voice)
Kaiji Tang ... Hashimoto (voice)
Greg Chun ... Jo Hwe-Ryung (voice)
Michael McConnohie ... Lee Jang-Chool (voice)
Ji-min Han ... Yun Gye-Soon
Zach Aguilar Zach Aguilar ... Joo Dung-Sung (voice)
Bill Rogers ... Lee's Informant (voice)
Hee-soon Park ... Kim Sang Ho
Seong-rok Sin ... Jo Hwe-Ryung (as Sung-rok Shin)
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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:

Infiltrate and deceive See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

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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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

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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Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor D.845 - Moderato
Written by Franz Schubert
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So much in this film it feels like watching a Beethoven Symphony!
15 September 2016 | by alexdeleonfilmSee all my reviews

Mil Jeong (밀정 ~ The Age of Shadows).

Viewed at 2016 Venice FilmFestival. Tremendous Korean epochal drama about life and resistance under the oppressive Japanese occupation in the early decades of the century. Director Kim Jaewoon really knows how to set up drama and suspense mixed with blazing action. There was so much in this film that I felt like I was watching a Beethoven symphony. Dark Sepia toned photography used to good effect enhances period feel. Musical soundtrack employs jazz and adrenaline tensor stretches and the final shootout in the train station is orchestrated deftly to Ravel's Bolero.

139' running time is long and winds up with several anticlimactic codas but never lets you out if its grip. For Koreans this is clearly a film with heavy patriotic messages. The final theme is "Don't let your failures stop you -- build on them and rise to the next level" -- until victory is achieved. I would love to see this film with a Korean audience and would expect to see people on their feet cheering at the end... A young Italian I met afterwards said he loved it even though he knows nothing of the history involved. I could easily see why -- in a way this is something like a Kimchee spaghetti western and charismatic actor Kang-ho Song, 49, has got to be the Korean equivalent of John Wayne, or at least, Robert Mitchum.


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