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Age of Shadows (15)

Action, Drama, Thriller

Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them. A talented Korean-born Japanese police officer, who was previously in the independence movement himself, is thrown into a dilemma between the demands of his reality and the instinct to support a greater cause.  Read more …


The critical consensus

Stylish and steely South Korean espionage thriller from Kim Jee-woon.

***(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 20/03/2017

The Age Of Shadows is a tremendous thriller, combining Hitchcockian elements with action set-pieces and a slippery plot line as full of twists and betrayals as one of John Le Carre's Cold War thrillers.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 22/03/2017

It's frequently dazzling--and fairly extreme.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 23/03/2017

Set in Japanese-occupied Korea, Kim Jee-woon’s violent tale delivers bang for its buck in the form of brash action sequences and a chase on a train.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 24/03/2017

Plenty of blood but few fleshed-out characters.

***(*)(*)John Wadsworth, Little White Lies, 24/03/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday March 31, 2017, until Thursday April 6, 2017. More info:

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