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The Age of Shadows Reviews

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July 2, 2020
A lush, lavish, impeccably staged period piece set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the early 20th century, Shadows delivers twisted, layered, pulpy spy thriller deliciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 7, 2019
"The Age of Shadows" is a film destined to succeed, commercially, since it includes a favorite theme, some of S. Korea's most popular actors, and a rather large budget that was implemented wisely, and artistically, due to the masterful direction
March 26, 2019
Despite requiring a trimming and boasting poor characterisation, Miljeong is still an enjoyable film thanks to its use of tension and brutal action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2018
With stellar performances, thrilling set-pieces, masterful storytelling and top-notch production values, The Age of Shadows is a must-see for anyone who loves period films, spy thrillers and cloak-and-dagger flicks. Highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 1, 2018
It is a thoroughly plotted film, carefully constructed to make sense most especially when the plot explodes all over. It climaxes at the right time, with twists and turns are perfectly placed to produce all the apt emotions.
April 23, 2018
Kim Jee-woon's political piece is played like an American gangster drama, with all the cliches that suggests... Kim Jee-woon's political piece is played like an American gangster drama, with all the cliches that suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2018
The story is inspired by the real-life bombing of the Japanese police headquarters in Seoul but the plot is complete fantasy, a double agent cloak-and-dagger thriller of loyalty, betrayal, shifting allegiances, feints, blackmail...
December 28, 2017
Here is a film where allegiances, ulterior motives and loyalties are as transient and alluring as the moonlight which shimmers on black leather uniforms and across glistening roof tiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2017
A satisfying cloak-and-dagger thriller set in Japanese-occupied Korea during the 1920s, Kim Jee-woon's The Age of Shadows betrays a kind of business-like approach to spy games, institutional and otherwise.
June 30, 2017
Never decaying in pace, the film provides us with thrilling Hitchcockian sequences on a train, suspenseful ambushes, treacherous inside men working in the shadows, and incredible shootouts at the sound of Louis Armstrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 2, 2017
A complex film with Je-woon's unexpected vocation of classicism, the film reaches its particular peak of brilliance in the long stretch that takes place inside a train where persecutors and resistant converge. [Full review in Spanish]
May 2, 2017
A film that leaves us great features: evocative names, credible settings and, above all, amazing warriors. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 1, 2017
It may not be the helmer's finest film, yet it darts nimbly and appealingly between its slickly delivered set-pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2017
The Age of Shadows is perhaps too long, but there's no doubt that it is a sumptuous, elegantly crafted piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2017
At 140 minutes, The Age of Shadows is a film that peaks early and ends late. Still, there is an upside to this ponderousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2017
This film certainly believes in giving the audience bang for their buck: although it's a little over-extended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 23, 2017
The Age of Shadows is a giddily compelling South Korean movie about war, spies and resistance history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 22, 2017
This is pulsating storytelling, suspenseful and often very stylish too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 21, 2017
The Age of Shadows is a pulsating, highly entertaining film that is yet another worthy edition to the ever-growing catalogue of cinematic gems that Korea has produced over the last few decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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