Archive - 11th Five Flavours Film Festival
The Age of Shadows
awards and festivals
Spectacular spy action cinema set in the 1920s. The Japanese occupation of Korea, the resistance, the betrayal lurking around every corner, and a Korean police officer working for the Japanese government. The impossible task of smuggling Chinese explosives, needed to fight the enemy, is the basis for the brilliant narration so dynamic, there is no time to catch a breath.
The new film by the master of subversive genre cinema did not let the audiences or the critics down – both groups name him among the most important Korean productions of the year. Kim Jee-woon chooses unconventional editing methods, and the frames imbued with gloom create the film’s disquieting, sensual atmosphere. The use of music is also quite ingenious – who would have thought Ravel’s tired "Bolero," used in hundreds of soundtracks, can sound so fresh? Even though the plot is based on true events, "The Age of Shadows" goes far beyond typical historical cinema. It is a brutal ballet and intellectual duel, with more than just life at stake.
Born in 1964, a leading representative of the new Korean cinema, successfully combining his auteur ambitions with commercial triumphs. He grabbed the audiences’ attention with his debut, a pitch-black comedy "The Quiet Family." His subsequent films revealed a strong interest in genre cinema – "A Tale of Two Sisters" is a horror, "A Bittersweet life" a gangster film, and "I Saw the Devil" a thriller.
1998 Spokojna rodzinka / Choyonghan kajok / The Quiet Family
2003 Opowieść o dwóch siostrach / Janghwa, Hongryeon / A Tale of Two Sisters
2005 Słodko-gorzkie życie / Dalkomhan Insaeng / A Bittersweet Life
2008 Dobry, zły i zakrecony / Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom / The Good, the Bad and the Weird
2010 Ujrzałem diabła / Akmareul boatda / I Saw the Devil
2013 Likwidator / The Last Stand
2016 Gra cieni / Miljung / The Age of Shadows