The Age of Shadows (밀정) 

The Age of Shadows (밀정) 

Inspired by a true event in Korea during the Japanese occupation in the 1920s, The Age of Shadows explores the complicated emotions of its characters whose moral and political beliefs are manifested through the domains of uncertainty while the concept of justice is constantly redefined. Lee Jung-chool (Song Kang-ho), a Korean officer in the Japanese police force, is tasked with a mission to capture Korean resistance fighters and agonizes over the dilemma and collision between his dual identities. Song’s approach to his character is done with elegance, deep empathy, and subtlety as he surveys the residues of the war and colonial trauma promoting fear in individuals and the threat of losing his true self. 

DIRECTED BY: Kim Jee-woon. WRITTEN BY: Lee Ji-min, Park Jong-dae. WITH: Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, Han Ji-min. 2016. 140 min. South Korea. Color. Korean. DCP. 

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