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The Age of Shadows (2016)

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Critic Consensus: The Age of Shadows justifies its imposing length with a richly detailed period drama whose sprawling size is matched by strong acting, impressive craft, and narrative depth.

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Lee Jung-chool (SONG Kang-ho), a Korean police captain in the Japanese police force, is given a special mission to infiltrate the armed resistance fighting for Korean independence. He approaches Kim Woo-jin (GONG Yoo), a leader of the resistance. These two men who stand on opposite sides of their historical era, each knowing the identity and intentions of the other, become close without revealing their inner thoughts. Meanwhile intel is being leaked on both sides, and no one knows who the informants are. Members of the resistance meet in Shanghai to obtain explosives that will be used to destroy facilities of the Japanese Headquarters in Seoul, while the Japanese police follow them and gather in Shanghai. The pursued and the pursuers, locked in an operation where each side uses the other and is thrown into a confusion of secret enmity and conciliation. Meanwhile, a train carrying explosives passes the border and heads towards Seoul....

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Cast

Song Kang Ho
as Lee Jung-chool
Yoo Gong
as Kim Woo-Jin
Han Ji-min
as Yun Gye-soon
Park Hee-soon
as Kim Sang Ho
Um Tae-goo
as Hashimoto

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Critic Reviews for The Age of Shadows

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (14)

The action is lengthy but well constructed, particularly a sequence on a wood-panelled steam train, but the torture scenes and occasional severed toes may try some viewers.

March 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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At 140 minutes, The Age of Shadows is a film that peaks early and ends late. Still, there is an upside to this ponderousness.

March 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This film certainly believes in giving the audience bang for their buck: although it's a little over-extended.

March 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Age of Shadows is a giddily compelling South Korean movie about war, spies and resistance history.

March 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is pulsating storytelling, suspenseful and often very stylish too.

March 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Kim sometimes loses the rhythm of his spy thriller, but he's such a confident filmmaker-and his leading man such a magnetic presence-that he quickly gets its back.

September 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Age of Shadows

Jee-woon Kim isn't coy about the narrative, we know where the character's loyalties lie and who/what they are playing. You'd think this would suck the tension out of this kind of movie, but it merely shifts the plot's focus to more interesting areas.

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