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The Age of Shadows Reviews

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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
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
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
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
August 4, 2020
An action-packed thriller with some brilliant gunplay and snappy cinematography.
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
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
January 6, 2017
In all, Kim Jee-woon may be a filmmaker not best-known for emotional subtlety, but with the right material he knows how to deliver the goods.
February 9, 2017
The Age of Shadows combines Korean historical fiction, thriller action sequences, and noir sensibilities, balancing calculated emotional drama with excitement and suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 26, 2016
Excellent gunfight scenes, and the director's stunning images and settings... overcome most of the film's character-specific problems. His superior eye for color and tone are top-notch.
September 9, 2016
In short, mainstream audiences should get a kick out of this polished, often exciting patriotist drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 6, 2016
[Kim Jee-woon's] plot is labyrinthine and almost inscrutable, but he relays information with a fast and slick artistry.
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
January 5, 2017
The scenes are visually interesting, but with the work running at 140 minutes, its single-note grimness is wearying and the whole affair is in desperate need of tighter editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2016
It's all wonderfully stylish and handsome - the train sequence in particular may send some viewers into an aesthetic swoon - but it's also a bit stately, which isn't great for sustaining intrigue and/or tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 22, 2016
For this director, exposition can't hold a candle to elegantly staged shootouts. And who can blame him. He knows his strengths.
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-
September 23, 2016
A blisteringly entertaining and exquisite genre exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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