The Age of Shadows (2016)

Directed by Kim Jee-woon

Thriller | History | Drama

Most recently watched by sensoria, sleestakk


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.

Length 140 minutes


Kang-ho Song | Lee Byung-hun | Shingo Tsurumi | Park Hee-soon | Yoo Gong | Han Soo-yeon | Han Ji-min | Lee Hwan | Seo Young-Joo | Shin Sung-rok | Jeong Do-won | Lee Sang-hee | Kim Dong-young | Um Tae-goo | Jeong Ha-dam | Nam Moon-chul | Choi Yu-hwa | Takeda Hiromitsu | Go Joon | Won Jin-ah | Heo Sung-tae | Geum Sae-rok | Kiseon Park | Kim Tae-Joon | Lee Sol-gu

Viewing Notes

FF2016 Day 9 - Movie 1, which I picked off when I returned home from Austin so didn’t see at the festival but including it with the tally since it was released at the same time and thankfully held for another weekend so I could see it and not schedule it at the Fest.

Definitely fits for FF programming but also not nearly as bonkers as past SoKo films like Kim Jee-woon’s I SAW THE DEVIL. This is mainly a story around the Japanese occupation in Korea and the resistance fighters attempting to overthrow the Japanese police. Was probably programmed due to the timing and the director and the brutality on display.

Have come to really like Gong Yoo in all his recent work but once again Song Kang-ho proves he’s still the masterclass actor to watch. He’s just so much better than everyone else.


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