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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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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 »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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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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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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Jung Chae-San: The early bird catches the worm.
Lee Jung-Chool: The early bird gets caught.
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Slavonic Dances. Op. 72, No. 2 in E minor - Allegretto Grazioso
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Another Stellar & Sophisticated Addition To Kim Jee-woon's Wide-Ranging Filmography
27 January 2017 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

From the writer-director of South Korean masterpieces like A Bittersweet Life, The Good, the Bad, the Weird & I Saw the Devil, The Age of Shadows finds the revered filmmaker tackling yet another genre with confidence & comfort, for his latest is a period drama with elements of action & thriller that's sophisticated in all filmmaking aspects and remains a tense, riveting ride for the majority of its runtime.

Set in Japanese-occupied Korea during the late 1930s, the story of The Age of Shadows follows a Korean-born Japanese policeman who's tasked with the operation to root out remaining members of his country's resistance movement but finds himself torn between following his superiors' orders or supporting a greater cause by helping the resistance fighters bring explosives from Shanghai to Seoul.

Deftly written & stylishly directed by Kim Jee-woon, who's undeniably one of world cinema's most versatile filmmakers, The Age of Shadows opens with an expertly choreographed sequence which showcases Jee-woon's quick grasp of genre elements and how to stage, execute & elevate those moments with effortless ease. Jee-woon's direction is top-notch and he keeps raising the stakes once all the board pieces are set.

Production design team recreates its period setting in meticulous detail. Cinematography employs the camera in an energetic fashion and is at its finest during moments of action, plus its skillful use of lighting & colour palette impart a vintage look n feel to its frames. Editing is outstanding, for the narrative retains its tight structure for the most part and raises the tension in a steady fashion but it tumbles by an extent in the third act.

Coming to the performances, The Age of Shadows features a talented cast in Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo & Han Ji-min with Lee Byung-hun & Park Hee-soon in cameo roles. Kang-ho plays the Korean- born police officer whose shifting allegiance forms the core of this movie and delivers an assured performance, Yoo is equally impressive in the role of a key resistance figure while Byung-hun only appears in one sequence yet leaves a lasting influence.

On an overall scale, The Age of Shadows is a highly gripping example of its genre that guarantees quality entertainment with its cleverly constructed & palpably tense cat-n-mouse premise and is another successful addition in Kim Jee-woon's wide-ranging filmography. Even though it isn't as breathtaking as his finest works, it still boasts numerous moments that finds the director in prime form and will manage to satisfy majority of its viewers, if not all. Definitely worth a shot.


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