The Age of Shadows

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Jee-woon Kim
  12 wins & 32 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
140 min


What are you doubting, sir?

Didn't you agree to this deal?

In this current Joseon, any person can

claim the independence movement badge,

claiming to save the country and its

people, creating false lies everywhere.

How can I believe in you all,

providing you with military funding?

Please don't associate

us with those bastards.

Not only can you gain what you want,

you can also contribute your power

to the independence of our motherland.

This is a counterfeit.

How dare you try to fool me?


Old man, are you blind?!

We've already agreed to this

earlier, why are you dragging time?

Then why didn't you

follow the agreed time?

Kim Jan-ok, you listen to me!

You are surrounded, you can't run!

Put your weapons down

immediately and surrender!

What's the situation?

Very stubborn, still biting the bullet.

That's normal.

After all, he is a core

member of Heroic Corps.

I'll try to persuade him again.

Give me.

Kim Jan-ok,

can you hear me?

I am Lee Jung-chool.

Hold your fire!

Hold your fire!

I'll go look around.

Do not act rashly.

Are you commanding me?

Why do you think this is my command?

Capturing Kim Jan-ok alive is

Minister Higashi's instructions.

Go arrest them.

Follow me.


Cease your fire!

I said, cease your fire!

He's there!

Back off!

Everybody back off!

Back off!

Back off!

Lee Jung-chool.


I am Lee Jung-chool.

Let's talk.

I'm opening the door, don't shoot.

The higher-ups betrays our

country, and you betray our people.

Can you sleep well at night?

A bunch of dirty traitors.

Do you really think this

country can be independent?

After all, the boat is sinking.

Yes, of course.

Sinking ship, the

first to run is the rat.

Please go out.

Go out so you can live.

You need to stay alive, at least.

I will not work with rats.

Put your gun down now!

Long live the Korean Independence.


The Age of Shadows

Joseon Governor's Office

Please sit.

This is genuine.

Looks like they're in need of funding.

We should have capture him alive.

This operation was wasted.

Were you friends?


Of course...

In troubled times,

friends are hard to find.

Only those who first extend

their hand are considered friends.

The governor is putting

high hopes in you.

This statue will lead

you to the Heroic Corps.

We're counting on you.

Let him go.

Sampantong Rickshaw company

\ Heroic Corps hide out

Where is Joo Dong-sung?

They killed Jan-ok, but

captured Joo Dong-sung.

The fella, Lee Jung-chool,

released Dong-sung after a day.

Lee Jung-chool?

A new police captain. He is Joseon.

He was active in Shanghai

for a short while.

Sold off intelligence

to Japanese police,

and he climbed up the police

position through those intel.

A greedy hog.

He was a translator,

with a wide network,

but he's using it to

betray the government.

This means Lee Jung-chool

released Joo Dong-sung as bait.

Hold on, could this place be exposed?

No, we circled around

before bringing him here.

No one was following.

How shall we handle Joo Dong-sung?

He wouldn't say anything no matter how

hard we hit him. We have no more options.

Make him leave the group,

to avoid future troubles.

How about this...

You came out of jail with no injuries.

I really don't know what's going on.

He let me go, so I left.

Didn't Lee Jung-chool ask

his people to release you?

No, dear brothers.

Jan-ok's whereabouts were

also leaked from our end.

Not by me, brothers!

It's not me, really!

A fella like you, who sucks

the bones of our comrades.

Why, why are you suspecting me?

I don't even know

who Lee Jung-chool is.

Brothers, I really don't

know who Lee Jung-chool is.

I really don't know.

That night, I specifically arranged

it so that only the three of us knew.

How did the police know?

I will count to three.

You better tell the truth,

or your brain shall burst.


Who was the one to disclose our plan?

This is unjust!

I risked my life to deliver the bomb!

How could you still suspect me?


Damn it!

Why suspect me alone?

Don't you suspect anyone

else who might be a spy here?

Big brother!


Joo Dong-sung,

don't you know why

the enemy released you?

If you want to live, don't ever

appear in front of our eyes.

Leave the Gyeongseong immediately.

Big brother,

don't you believe me?

The resistance group seems

to be in short of money.

They've started selling

some valuable items.

Do you know who he is?

Yes, I know.

He's a junior classmate

of Jo Hwe-ryung,

a son of an artist.

His name is Kim Woo-jin.

It is said that he's in the photography

and antique business with his brother.

It is said that the funds are collected

there and sent to the higher-ups.

Why is the resistance group

so in need of money suddenly?

What are they doing?

I've heard,

they're buying explosives everywhere.

According to information from Shanghai,

they're in contact

with a bomb specialist.

Any new intel?

Yes. I think I've found the

Heroic Corps' funding plan.

It will be led by Jo

Hwe-ryung and Kim Woo-jin.

Looks like they're the new batch of Heroic Corps core

members sneaking into the Gyeongseong after Kim Jan-ok.

Very good. Let's go see

if we can make friends.

Whether if it's a travel pass or getting to know

someone rich, just promise them everything for now,

because these are

what's urgent for them.

Yes, sir.

You will team up with

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