Derek Winnert


This article was written on 28 Mar 2017, and is filled under Reviews.

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The Age of Shadows **** (2016, Byung-hun Lee, Yoo Gong, Kang-ho Song) – Movie Review

Writer-director Jee-woon Kim’s 2016 South Korean thriller is tense, thrilling and beautifully staged and photographed, with a marvellous late-1920s period production.

The extended climactic action sequence on the train is a real, nail-biting humdinger. Based on a true story, it is a long, substantial, epic movie at 140 minutes, but engrossing all the way. It stars Byung-hun Lee, Yoo Gong, and Kang-ho Song.

The story is a deadly cat-and-mouse narrative as Japanese agents try to stop Korean resistance fighters bringing explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul.

A Korean-born hero is caught between his present role as Japanese cop and his gut instinct to support a greater cause as a former member of the Korean independence movement.

It is notable as Warner Bros’ first Korean production. Warner Bros’ money is all up there on screen.

© Derek Winnert 2017 Movie Review

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