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The Age of Shadows Reviews

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½ January 3, 2019
For a film that takes itself uber-seriously, it had to be made with such confidence, expert craftsmanship and acting (Song Kang Ho delivers in spades). The climax seemed to have peaked earlier than expected but overall you leave the movie being enamored with the leads.
May 2, 2018
Well written, well acted, well directed. A fine film.
April 9, 2018
A stylish spectacle.

It's a pretty familiar tale, not much in terms of narrative innovation here. Not much actually surprises here. Despite being a rather mediocre story, it's told really well. It's a really solid spy adventure.

The production is pretty much perfect. The sets, the costumes, the locations. Everything looks incredibly authentic and sharp. They didn't cut any corners while making this. It's also very beautiful to look at. Sharp visuals, very competent cinematography, plenty of picturesque scenes. The action was very well done. All these points felt like genuine quality.

Most of the actors did their jobs very well. Admirable performances. It's a strong ensemble cast.

The music was fitting, playing around a lot to enhance the scenes. Had a great character. Didn't feel inorganic.

The only thing that keeps this movie from being really great is just the lack of a refreshing story. What we see in this movie is very familiar, at almost every turn. It's definitely not bad, but it lacked a spark to light it up.

Still, I enjoyed it. It was a quality period piece. Very well made. It felt like it was an important movie for everybody involved. Good for them on this project.
April 7, 2018
Graphic and gritty, thought provoking and realistic, The Age of Shadows is not for the faint of heart. An amazing choreographed and executed historic film that places viewers in a believable early 1900s setting and delivers on all counts.
½ April 3, 2018
Great movie that seemed to be missing a few plot points, but I watched the english dubbed version.
March 17, 2018
Although it's overly long and could have benefited from exploring the characters a little more, this wonderfully directed film makes up for it with an exciting screenplay full of tension and suspense that not only effectively conveys a sense of what it must have been like to live as a resistant fighter in constant fear of capture, but also manages to find time to address issues such as patriotism, honour and duty, with a few heavy moral dilemmas thrown in for good measure. The shoot-outs and chase scenes are dynamically shot and truly beautiful to watch -- in fact, the whole thing is pretty darn nice to look at - and the acting is fantastic from a stellar cast. All in all, it's a real treat of an experience that'll have you enthralled, even if it's not quite as emotionally affecting as it could have been.
January 26, 2018
The Age of Shadows impose un rythme plutôt lent mais amplement justifié par un contexte historique très intéressant et compose également avec de très solides performances de ses acteurs ainsi qu'une réalisation très impressionnante et un scénario élaboré. Un autre chef d'oeuvre de plus du cinéma coréen.
January 14, 2018
Good acting by Song Kang-ho. Good sets. Unengaging story.
January 13, 2018
Classy and Hitchcockian, brutal and inspiring.
January 6, 2018
Impressive story and cinematography.
January 6, 2018
Extremely overrated here and shows you two things: There are almost no smart end educated as well as emotionally intelligent critics and you can't count on 'audiences' whoever they might be. This movie is deeply disappointing. Does not work (characters, emotion, story do not work, visuals are mediocre at best).
November 12, 2017
This is not just kind of spy action movie. Focused on detective Lee ,played by Song Kang-Ho, and that makes this film deeper. His identity belongs to his mother land or Japanese forces...we can enjoy his emotion moving back and forth. That is the greatest point of this film.
½ August 22, 2017
Impressive scenes from time tot time and an excellent Kang-ho Song, but overlong and confusing.
August 1, 2017
Intricate and cleverly set up.
Super Reviewer
July 25, 2017
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.
½ June 19, 2017
Alongside "Ah-ga-ssi" and "Goksung", "Miljeong" is far one of the best thriller of the year, it might actually be the best crime/policial thriller in years. South Korean cinema better keep growing stronger and stronger, 2016 was one of the best years for South Korea. So many new directors than came up last year and will become legends in the future. How is it possible for every movie they do, there's never nothing bad in it, and when there is, they are little, really little issues.
June 5, 2017
This movie is great on so many levels. Every frame has been beautifully crafted. The film oozes a Noir-like visual aesthetic. At its heart, it is a simple cat and mouse affair between Korean revolutionaries and Japanese invaders, but exquisite acting, especially by it's lead, and simplistic yet wonderful narrative twists and turns kept me glued to my seat. A extended sequence set inside a train is tense and gripping. Perhaps the greatest highlight of the entire affair is that it does not make use of any romantic subplot as a narrative device as Hollywood is naturally inclined to do. This is a true spy thriller at its heart, completely worth the two hours running time and definitely worth revisiting.
½ May 20, 2017
A compelling story about spies and revolution in the time of japanese occupied korea. I find the ending very tastful.
May 18, 2017
Dunno much about Korean history with the Nippon involved. But this 2hrs 20 minutes movie is worth watching with a nice mind-twisted plot.
½ April 22, 2017
Well done spy thriller but slightly longer then necessary.
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