CJ Entertainment will be bringing both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions of Korean filmmaker Kim Jee Woon’s The Age of Shadows to the domestic marketplace on May 2.
The ARR is 221 days and domestic ticket sales were $541,226 — worldwide the box office take for The Age of Shadows is now over $55 million. This was the official South Korean entry into the Best Foreign Language Oscar derby last year.
The Japanese are in firm control of all of Korea during the 1920s and 1930s and it is during this period that filmmaker Kim Jee Woon has selected to tell his tale of political intrigue. At the heart of it is whether resistance fighters can turn Lee Jung-Chool (Kang-ho Song — Snowpiercer, The Host, etc.), the Korean-born police captain of Seoul, to their cause. He’s ruthless and totally loyal to his Japanese masters, but kinks in his steadfast resolve are beginning to show.
It falls to Jung Chae-San (Byung-hun Lee — The Magnificent Seven, Terminator Genisys, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), the leader of resistance forces — who is working diligently to smuggle explosives into the city from Shanghai — to play the cat and mouse game with Lee Jung-Chool, knowing full well that one false move, one miss-read of the situation and he is dead.
A sort of go-between is developed in the form of an antique shopkeeper by the name of Kim Woo-jin (Yoo Gong — Train to Busan, Silenced) and you are kept guessing as whether the police captain is making attempts to infiltrate the opposition or looking for an opportunity to come over to their side. Talk about tense!
Bonus features include a video session with writer/director Kim Jee Woon and cast interviews. The Age of Shadows can be viewed with the original Korean language track (with English subtitles) or as an English-dubbed edition.