Teaser Trailer for Kim Ji-woon's Korean Thriller 'The Age of Shadows'
The first trailer has debuted for the new film from Korean director Kim Ji-woon, who most recently made the action film The Last Stand featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger (though the rest of his filmography is much better). His latest film is a thriller titled The Age of Shadows and is set during the 1920s in Korea, telling a story about the Heroic Corps, an anti-Japanese independence organization that fought back against the Japanese occupation of Korea. The cast features Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, and Han Ji-min. This first trailer does have English subtitles, but it also highlights the stunning set design and sleek cinematography, which is standard for Kim Ji-woon's films. I'm already looking forward to seeing this, whenever that will be.
Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters led by Gong's character, trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them. Song plays a talented Korean-born Japanese police officer who was previously in the independence movement himself and is thrown into a dilemma between the demands of his reality and the instinct to support a greater cause. The Age of Shadows is directed by acclaimed Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-woon, of A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life, The Good, the Bad, the Weird, I Saw the Devil and The Last Stand previously. The film opens in Korea later this year, but doesn't have any US release date set yet. Stay tuned for more updates. First impression?
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
Is this a loose remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows?? The trailer and the title looks and feels just like it.
schizopolis on Jul 14, 2016
Yes, there seems to be some similarities. But who knows today? Too many things that are alike and are not ... Anyway, a good insight ...
shiboleth on Jul 14, 2016
I don't like political films about national liberation, or about the fight for the national independence, or any other national garbage. Having said that, I think we need other kind of political films, related to human, economic and social rights and not to the rights of nations. There might be some bias in my belief about that since I come from nationally heated atmosphere where nation usually means a lot more than the individual. And this film, and its status as most awaited film in its homeland, does not give me any hope it will be any better on mentioned account ...
shiboleth on Jul 14, 2016
Korean people have a deep seated disdain for the Japanese. They invaded their homeland and ruled it as a colony for many years. They destroyed many historically and culturally important landmarks. They enslaved many women for sexual purposes and up until late last year never apologized for their actions. I would recommend looking into something the Koreans call "Han". It explains why a movie like this would mean so much to them.
DAVIDPD on Jul 14, 2016
Thank you David for this. To be honest, I expected your reaction. I know some of it and don't underestimate all the bad and ugly things that happened to people in the past. I am not going to respond here with my situation, I think it's quite different (and that is not the subject here, anyway). And last, but not least, I mean no disrespect for everyone. The problem is, how to present my case and not offend you or any of your country(wo)men since that's definitely not my intention. Let me try. First of all, a lot of nations and countries use their force and their military or political supremacy throughout history to humiliate and abuse others and mostly because they belong to something else, what is not theirs. All that must be condemned in the names of human rights, human dignity, political, social, cultural and individual freedom. I know that Japanese were really harsh on Koreans and I think that Korea had very unfortunate history throughout 20th century which gives a reason for a lot considerations. But I also think recurring to national framework to fight this isn't enough and should be abandoned. At least, it should be done in the arts. Why? Because, it produces all the ressentiment that everybody is willing to prevail in many ways. Crimes shouldn't be forgotten, I get this, but that shouldn't be topic of someone's future and that's what happens when you transpose national past into national future. I see it a lot around where I live. So, for the reasons of not beginning some complicated historical discussion, all I want to say, art (film in this case) should go beyond national imagination and limitations. This film doesn't do so. Cheers David.
shiboleth on Jul 15, 2016
hear ya. These nationalism BS serve only the interest of some egocentric megalomaniacs who want to use our primitive emotions ( the others are the danger ) as a mean to rule on these crownless kingdoms.
tarek on Jul 15, 2016
Koreans love a good revenge movie. This is going to do very well there. That said, it looks pretty by-the-numbers in a lot of ways.
DAVIDPD on Jul 14, 2016
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