It's the end of 1920s, a period marred by the Japanese occupation of Korea. Lee Jung-chool (rising star Gong Yoo), a Korean who works as a Japanese police officer, is given the special mission of uncovering the Righteous Brotherhood, and begins tracking its leader Kim Woo-jin played by Korea’s biggest film star, Song Kang-ho. Standing on the opposite ends of this fight, both men dig information on each other. The Brotherhood soon finds out that there are leakers on both sides and cracks down to find the moles. They travel to Shanghai to evade the investigation and to obtain explosives. But this information is also leaked and the Japanese officers follow suit. Just as the Brotherhood finishes loading explosives onto the train back to Korea, a Japanese agents hop on, setting the scene for a breathtaking and thrilling sequence on a train bound for Korea from Shanghai.
Kim Jee woon's THE AGE OF SHADOWS is the work of a versatile visual stylist adding to his world-class filmography including titles such as A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, A BITTERSWEET LIFE, I SAW THE DEVIL, and THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD and cements Kim as one of Korea's most prominent film directors.
In addition to its blockbuster box office performance in South Korea, where it was released during the Chuseok holidays, THE AGE OF SHADOWS is also the country’s official entry for the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film category.