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Source: Pierce Conran‏ @pierceconran

Love these new Korean posters for Kim Jee-woon's THE AGE OF SHADOWS. Can't wait! #밀정 #김지운

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Toronto international film festival 2016

The Age of Shadows (Miljeong) Kim Jee woon, South Korea - North American Premiere
The latest from cutting-edge director Kim Jee woon is an epic-scale period thriller about a double agent sent to infiltrate a band of freedom fighters during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1920s. Starring Korean superstars Song Kang ho, Han Ji min, and Gong Yoo.

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/07/26/toronto-film-festival-2016-lineup

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July 27, 2016

‘The Age of Shadows’ invited to Toronto International Film Festival

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Promotional poster for “The Age of Shadows” (Warner Bros. Korea)

“The Age of Shadows” by director Kim Ji-won has been invited to screen under the Special Presentations program at the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

“The Age of Shadows” follows members of an independence group in the 1920s as they fight for Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule.

In addition to the historical thriller, Park Chan-wook’s globally-acclaimed production “The Handmaiden” and Kim Sung-soo’s “Asura: The City of Madness” have also been invited to the Special Presentations category, which presents “high-profile premieres and the world’s leading filmmakers,” according to TIFF’s official website. 

Taking place Sept. 8-18, TIFF will mark its opening night with the world premiere of “The Magnificent Seven,” directed by American filmmaker Antoine Fuqua, and conclude with Kelly Fremon Craig’s “The Edge of Seventeen.”

Starring actors Gong Yoo from the record-breaking blockbuster “Train to Busan” and Song Kang-ho from the award-winning 2013 film “Snowpiercer,” “The Age of Shadows” is set to open in local theaters in September.

By Kim Yu-young (ivykim@heraldcorp.com) 

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July 27, 2016

Three Korean films invited to Toronto festival

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SEOUL, July 27 (Yonhap) -- Three South Korean films, including one by the acclaimed director Park Chan-wook, have been invited to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, the event's website showed Wednesday.

Park's latest work, "The Handmaiden," will be shown under the Special Presentations category at the 41st edition of the festival along with "Asura: The City of Madness," directed by Kim Sung-soo, and "The Age of Shadows," directed by Kim Jee-woon.

The festival is one of the world's most prestigious film events together with its counterparts at Cannes, Berlin and Venice. This year, it is slated to run from Sept. 8-18.

The Special Presentations category introduces new works by famous directors or actors based on their artistic and commercial value.

"The Handmaiden" is a highly erotic film centered on the lesbian relationship between a servant and her master, while "Asura: The City of Madness" is a crime drama and "The Age of Shadows" a period thriller set in the 1920s when Korea was under Japanese colonial rule.

Other South Korean films that have been invited to the festival in the past include the 2009 crime drama "Mother" and the 2010 thriller "I Saw the Devil."

 hague@yna.co.kr

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More video and images:

Source from Youtube uploaded by 서석대

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source from http://ikino.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=news&wr_id=56051

Source from youtube uploaded by 영화공작소

Sorry the videos are all in korean.  I do not understand too so cannot translate.  But it allows us a glimpse of behind the stage, :)

 

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August 4, 2016

Director Kim Jee-woon: Colonial era best setting for Korean spy thriller

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Yonhap) -- These days, many Korean films are set in Korea under Japan's colonial rule. They include "Assassination" by Choi Dong-hoon, "The Handmaiden" by Park Chan-wook, "Love, Lies" by Park Heung-sik and "The Last Princess" by Hur Jin-ho.

Kim Jee-woon, best known for "A Bittersweet Life" (2004), "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" (2008) and "I Saw The Devil" (2010), has added one more title to the list: "The Age of Shadows." Kim made his Hollywood directorial debut with "The Last Stand" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2013.

Set in 1920s Shanghai and Seoul, the film tells the story of a Korean-born Japanese police officer who makes friends with the leader of a notorious Korean anti-Japanese resistance group called "Uiyeoldan," with the purpose of gathering crucial information on the group. Korea was a colony of Japan from 1910 to 1945.

The filmmaker said on Thursday he always wanted to make a spy thriller and had thought that if he makes one, it should be set in colonial-era Korea.

"I thought colonial-era Korea was the best match for a Korean spy thriller," Kim said during a press conference for the film at a cinema in southern Seoul.

"I tried to tightly and amusingly tell the tale of a veiled feud, appeasement and disturbance between the most aggressive and strongest Korean resistance group at that time and the Japanese police officer who infiltrated the group to disperse it."

Starring Song Kang-ho and Gong Yoo as the Japanese policeman and the Korean resistance group leader, "The Age of Shadows" is set to open in local theaters in September. It is the first film produced and presented in Korea by Warner Bros.

Filmmaker Kim Jee-woon speaks during a news conference for his upcoming film "The Age of Shadows" at CJ CGV's Apgujeong theater in southern Seoul on Aug. 4, 2016. (Yonhap)

Filmmaker Kim Jee-woon speaks during a news conference for his upcoming film "The Age of Shadows" at CJ CGV's Apgujeong theater in southern Seoul on Aug. 4, 2016. (Yonhap)

sshim@yna.co.kr

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Below from youtube upload by neih212

 

the video below from Youtube by  TV특종  should be beneficial for people who understand Korean although I have no idea a single word but happy enough to just watch them. :D 

 

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August 5, 2016

THE AGE OF SHADOWS and THE NET to Premiere in Venice
Korean Auteurs on Show at 73rd Biennale

by Pierce Conran / KoBiz

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The upcoming 73rd Venice International Film Festival, the oldest major film event in the world, will host the premieres of new works from two major Korean talents. Acclaimed genre auteur KIM Jee-woon will take his first steps on the Lido with his Colonial Era action-thriller The Age of Shadows while former Golden Lion winner KIM Ki-duk returns to the fest with his latest film The Net.
 
KIM’s first film shot in Korea since 2010’s I Saw The Devil (he released his 2013 Hollywood debut The Last Stand in the interim), The Age of Shadows reunites the director with frequent acolyte SONG Kang-ho in a tale of a Korean independence group that fights against Japanese oppressors during the Colonial Era which stretched from 1910 to 1945. GONG Yoo, who is currently riding high on the success of the zombie thriller TRAIN TO BUSAN, co-stars in the film. The film, which screens Out of Competition in Venice, is slated to open in Korea on September 7th and will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.
 
Already a winner at Venice in 2004, when he received the Silver Lion for Best Director for 3-Iron, and 2012, when he picked up the Golden Lion for Pieta, KIM Ki-duk returns to Venice with his 22nd feature The Net, his first trip since 2014’s One on One. The film features actor RYOO Seung-bum in the lead role, last seen in IM Sang-soo’s Intimate Enemies (2015). The film will screen in the ‘Cinema in the Garden’ section.

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August 8, 2016

Movie sheds light on Japanese occupation

'Age of Shadows' depicts independance fighter's struggle

By Park Jin-hai The Korea Times

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Actors Song Kang-ho, left, and Gong Yoo, center, and actress Han Ji-min, starring "The Age of Shadows," speak about their upcoming film during a news conference at CJ CGV's Apgujeong theater in southern Seoul on Aug. 4. / Yonhap

The Japanese occupation (1910-1945) has recently emerged as a hot theme for moviemakers.

Since the huge success of the 2015 espionage action film "Assassination," starring Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Jung-jae, which attracted nearly 13 million viewers, filmmakers have found renewed interest in the Japanese occupation. This historical period was often portrayed from either the view of the ruling or the occupied in movies and that led to poor box office performances.

This year, "The Handmaiden" by Park Chan-wook, "Love, Lies" by Park Heung-sik and "The Last Princess" by Hur Jin-ho, all set amid the occupation, have hit local theaters and received great viewer responses.

Another film, "The Age of Shadows," has been said to potentially match the success of "Assassination," and awaits its opening.

Set in Shanghai and Seoul in the 1920s, "The Age of Shadows," starring actors Song Kang-ho and Gong Yoo, tells the story of a Korean-born naturalized Japanese police officer who makes friends with the leader of a notorious Korean anti-Japanese resistance group called Uiyeoldan, with the purpose of gathering crucial information on the group.

Kim Jee-woon, director of the film, said that he always wanted to make a spy thriller and had thought that the Japanese occupation would be the ideal setting.

"I thought the occupation is the most ideal era for a Korean spy thriller," Kim said during a press conference for the film at CJ CGV's Apgujeong theater in southern Seoul, last week. "I wanted to feature the feud, appeasement and disturbance between the strongest Korean resistance group and the Japanese police officer who infiltrates the group to destroy it, in a tightly schemed story."

Actor Song Kang-ho, who plays the Japanese officer, said, "Although it deals with painful history, it doesn't take a bipolar approach. It pays great attention to the chaos of the time and stands out from other occupation-era movies."

Actor Gong Yoo, the star of the current local box office hit "Train to Busan," plays the role of independance fighter Kim Woo-jin while actress Han Ji-min plays the only female member of the resistance group.

"The Age of Shadows" will hit the local theaters Sept. 7.

jinhai@ktimes.com

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August 10, 2016

Lee Byung Hun, special spy appearance in 'The Age of Shadows'

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Movie captures of actor Lee Byung Hun's special appearance in Dir. Kim Ji Woon's spy-thriller 'The Age of Shadows' has been released. This will be Lee's 4th appearance in a Kim Ji Woon feature after 'A Bittersweet Life', 'The Good, The Bad, The Weird' and 'I Saw the Devil' and his third collaboration with actor Song Kang Ho after 'Joint Security Area' and 'The Good, The Bad, The Weird'.

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17 hours ago, princess nour90 said:

Gong yoo and HAn Ji Min on V Live today

The way they look to each other :heart::blush:

 

 :heart: I find this image full of chemistry!  Kudos to both of their acting skills!

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