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The Age of Shadows (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A

Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Gong Yoo (Actor) | Han Ji Min (Actor) | Shin Sung Rok (Actor)
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An exciting cat-and-mouse game between a double agent and a resistance fighter unfolds in the spy thriller The Age of Shadows by I Saw the Devil director Kim Jee Woon. Set in the 1920s during the Japanese occupation period, the Warner Bros-produced espionage action film was named the Best Film at the 36th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, and was even selected as Korea's Oscar candidate for Best Foreign Language Film. After its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, the costume blockbuster was screened at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. In the spy tale, Gong Yoo (Train to Busan) fights for freedom with fellow independence activists, including Han Ji Min (The Fatal Encounter) and Shin Sung Rok (The King's Face), while being chased by Song Kang Ho's (The Throne) undercover agent and his partner played by Um Tae Goo (Coin Locker Girl), who was crowned Best Supporting Actor at the 53rd Grand Bell Awards. Lee Byung Hun and Park Hee Soon make cameo appearances in the film.

Once a Korean independence activist, Korean-born Japanese police officer Lee Jung Chool (Song Kang Ho) is assigned a mission to infiltrate a Korean resistance group. To collect intelligence about the secret organization, he approaches the leader Kim Woo Jin (Gong Yoo), who poses as an art dealer to conceal his true identity. As he works with his once good friends in the group, Jung Chool becomes increasingly dubious about his mission, and the Japanese government grows suspicious of his loyalty. Now both the hunter and the hunted, Jung Chool is thrown into a dilemma when the freedom fighters plan to bomb the key Japanese facilities in Seoul.

This edition comes with commentary, making-of, deleted scenes, special video, VIP premiere, conversation with audiences, photo gallery and trailer.

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Product Title: The Age of Shadows (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) 密探 (Blu-ray) (普通版) (韓國版) 密探 (Blu-ray) (普通版) (韩国版) 密偵 (Blu-ray) (普通版) (韓国版) 밀정 (블루레이) (일반판) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Gong Yoo (Actor) | Han Ji Min (Actor) | Shin Sung Rok (Actor) | Um Tae Goo (Actor) | Tsurumi Shingo (Actor) | Heo Sung Tae | Han Soo Yeon (Actor) | Seo Young Joo (Actor) | Joo Seok Tae (Actor) 宋 康昊 (Actor) | 孔侑 (Actor) | 韓智敏 (Actor) | 申成祿 (Actor) | 嚴 泰谷 (Actor) | 鶴見辰吾 (Actor) | Heo Sung Tae | 韓秀妍 (Actor) | 徐英洙 (Actor) | 周 錫泰 (Actor) 宋 康昊 (Actor) | 孔侑 (Actor) | 韩智敏 (Actor) | 申成禄 (Actor) | 严 泰谷 (Actor) | 鹤见辰吾 (Actor) | Heo Sung Tae | 韩秀妍 (Actor) | 徐英洙 (Actor) | 周 锡泰 (Actor) ソン・ガンホ (Actor) | コン・ユ (Actor) | ハン・ジミン (Actor) | シン・ソンロク (Actor) | Um Tae Goo (Actor) | つるみしんご (Actor) | ホ・ソンテ | Han Soo Yeon (Actor) | ソ・ヨンジュ (Actor) | Joo Seok Tae (Actor) 송 강호 (Actor) | 공유 (Actor) | 한지민 (Actor) | 신성록 (Actor) | 엄태구 (Actor) | Tsurumi Shingo (Actor) | 허성태 | 한수연 (Actor) | 서영주 (Actor) | 주 석태 (Actor)
Director: Kim Jee Woon 金 知雲 Kim Jee Woon キム・ジウン 김지운
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2017-08-28
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC, [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Publisher: FNC Add Culture
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1061439385

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밀정 (블루레이) (일반판) (한국판)

*Screen Format:2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
*Sound Mix:한국어 DTS HD-MA 5.1
*Extras:
*부가 영상 (123분 13초)
-은밀한 만남 (06:34) > 프리프로덕션 메이킹
-인물 (16:51) > 캐릭터 메이킹
-극단의 시대 (10:37) > 제작 메이킹 (미술, 의상, 촬영, 조명)
-적 또는 동지(07:18) > 액션 메이킹
-삭제 장면 (26:08)
+감독 소개영상 보기
+감독 음성해설 보기
-S# 영생사진관 <일본경찰들이 어떻게 알았을까>
-S# 검도실 <하시모토의 등장>
-S# 경성역 <상해로 피신하라>
-S# 히가시 집무실 <나는 조선인이 아닙니다>
-S# 고서점 <접선>
-S# 일본조계 내 여관 <염탐과 교란>
-S# 상해 영화스튜디오 <작은 밀정>
-S# 경성행 기차 <의열단의 이름으로 적의 밀정을 척살한다>
-S# 경성 BAR <사의 찬미>
-S# 일본 경찰간부 구락부 <이정출의 마음>
-SPECIAL영상 <경성행 기차 완결편> (35:41)
-VIP 시사회 (02:05)
-관객과의 대화 (13:44)
-스틸 갤러리(03:12)
-예고편 (01:03)

*Director:김지운

1920년대 일제강점기. 조선인 출신 일본경찰 이정출(송강호)은 무장독립운동 단체 의열단의 뒤를 캐라는 특명으로 의열단의 리더 김우진(공유)에게 접근하고, 한 시대의 양 극단에 서 있는 두 사람은 서로의 정체와 의도를 알면서도 속내를 감춘 채 가까워진다. 출처를 알 수 없는 정보가 쌍방간에 새어나가고 누가 밀정인지 알 수 없는 가운데, 의열단은 일제의 주요 시설을 파괴할 폭탄을 경성으로 들여오기 위해, 그리고 일본 경찰은 그들을 쫓아 모두 상해에 모인다.
잡아야만 하는 자들과 잡힐 수 없는 자들 사이, 자신의 목표를 위해 서로를 이용하려는 암투와 회유, 교란 작전이 숨가쁘게 펼쳐지는 긴장감 속에서 폭탄을 실은 열차는 국경을 넘어 경성으로 향하는데…

■ 감상 포인트
1920년대 역사 스파이극, 실제 인물과 역사를 모티브로 한 미스터리!
친일과 항일의 경계선에 선 조선인, 그는 과연 밀정일까? 독립군이었을까?
도전하는 장르마다 최고의 작품을 만들어 낸 김지운 감독과 배우 송강호!

영화 <밀정>은 친일파인 일제 경찰과 항일의 최전선에 있었던 무장독립운동 단체 의열 단원이라는 극과 극의 정체성을 지닌 황옥과 그와 함께 거사를 도모한 김시현, 그리고 폭탄밀반입사건을 극화 하여, 일제강점기의 드라마틱한 순간과 사람들을 스크린으로 불러온다.

<조용한 가족>, <반칙왕>, <놈놈놈>으로 흥행과 작품성, 연출력을 인정 받아 헐리웃에 진출했던 김지운 감독과 <설국열차>, <변호인>, <사도> 등으로 연기의 폭이 더욱 더 깊어지는 명배우 송강호가 다시 한번 의기투합한 작품인 <밀정>이 2시간이 넘는 보너스 영상들을 수록하고 최고의 영상과 오디오 퀄리티를 가진 일반판 블루레이로 출시된다.


<밀정> 블루레이 한정판에 이어 일반판으로 출시되다!
스크린 보다 더 몰입감을 높이는 최고 퀄리티의 본편 영상과 오디오
120분이 넘는 방대한 양의 특별 영상들
김지운 감독과 최재원 대표, 송강호, 공유, 한지민, 엄태구의 코멘터리

영화 <밀정> 특별 일반판 블루레이는 2.39:1 아나몰픽 와이드 FULL-HD 영상과 DTS-HD 5.1채널의 박진감 넘치는 입체적인 오디오를 수록하고 있다. 특히, 인물들 간의 심리 묘사와 긴장감이 부각되는 미스터리한 드라마와 액션 장면들이 많은 영화의 장점을 잘 살려 본편에서는 인물들의 표정 디테일을 하나하나 잘 살려주는 고퀄리티의 영상과 5.1 채널 DTS-HD MASTER오디오는 스크린을 압도하는 세련되고 디테일한 화면과 오디오를 안방 극장으로 전달한다.

또한, 블루레이답게 DVD보다 훨씬 많이 늘어난 특별 영상들의 면면도 매력적이다. 영화 <밀정>의 가장 중요한 요소인 각각의 캐릭터들을 소개하는 캐릭터 메이킹 영상인 ‘인물’과 미술, 의상, 조명, 음악 등 영화가 제작되는데 필요한 모든 제반 여건들을 준비한 제작 메이킹 ‘극단의 시대’, 김지운감독이 직접 소개하는 삭제장면의 ‘소개영상&음성해설’, 관객과의 대화 현장 영상을 담은 ‘GV 현장’의 경우 DVD에는 수록되지 않았던 블루레이에서만 만날 수 있는 특별 영상들로 약 40분 이상 추가 영상들로 확실한 메리트가 있는 특별 영상들이다.

액션 메이킹 다큐 영상인 ‘적 또는 동지’, 스페셜 영상 <경성행 기차 완결편>의 경우는 영화 속 가장 하이라이트라 할 수 있는 경성행 기차에서 벌어지는 숨막히는 추격전 영상을 새로운 편집의 풀버전으로 만나볼 수 있으며, 다른 영화의 삭제 장면들 보다 다소 많은 ‘삭제 장면’들은 김지운 감독이 DVD와 블루레이 마니아라는 사실을 입증하듯, DVD와 블루레이를 위해 극장에서 영화를 본 사람들이라도 꼭 확인하고 싶은 ‘삭제 장면들’로 구성하여, 보고 싶은 충동을 불러 일으킨다. DVD를 통해 공개되었던 ‘VIP 시사회’, ‘스틸 갤러리’ 등 다른 부가 영상들도 블루레이에는 빠짐없이 수록되어 있다.

음성해설의 경우 자신의 영화에 대한 해박한 지식과 프로다운 코멘트로 일관하는 김지운 감독과 <밀정>의 제작을 맡은 최재원 대표, 그리고 주연 배우 송강호와 공유, 한지민, 또한 인상적인 연기를 보여준 신예 엄태구까지 영화를 감상하며 각 장면마다 감독과, 제작자, 배우들이 각각 느꼈던 소회를 들어볼 수 있다.

지난달 출시된 한정판 블루레이가 모두 완판되어서 일반판 블루레이를 더욱 애타게 기다리고 있는 팬들에게 더없이 좋은 선물이 될 이번 <밀정> 일반판 블루레이를 놓치지 말자!
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Professional Review of "The Age of Shadows (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)"

July 7, 2017

This professional review refers to The Age of Shadows (2DVD) (Korea Version)
Are there any directors more versatile than Kim Jee-woon? Looking at his CV, it would appear that there certainly can't be many, the Korean helmer having switched between action, comedy, horror, science fiction and quiet drama with assurance and ease, earning himself a slew of awards and a reputation as one of the country's most talented filmmakers in the process. Kim follows up his 2013 Hollywood outing The Last Stand with The Age of Shadows, which surely ranks as one of the biggest Korean films of recent years even if only due to the sheer amount of star power in front of the camera, including Song Kang-ho (The Throne), Gong Yoo (Train to Busan), Han Ji-min (The Fatal Encounter) and others, with Lee Byung-hun and Park Hee-soon showing up for cameo appearances. The film was another international success for Kim, premiering at the Venice Film Festival before going on to tour the world, as well as winning him a long list of awards and nominations, including Best Film at the Korean Association of Film Critics' Awards.

The film takes place in the 1920s during the Japanese occupation of Korea, with Song Kang-ho as Lee Jung-chool, a police officer working for the Japanese who has been tasked with hunting down and infiltrating the Korean resistance, which he was formerly a member of. His plan to do this involves befriending Kim Woo-jin (Gong Yoo), who works as a shady art and antique dealer as a front for his resistance activities, and who he hopes will let slip their schemes. Despite the fact that the two men are fully aware of each other's real identity, they form a partnership of sorts, trying to turn the situation to their own advantage. With the vicious Japanese officer Hashimoto (Um Tae-goo) smelling a rat, things start to become more dangerous after it becomes clear that Kim's smuggling route is being prepped to transport explosives from Shanghai to Seoul as part of an attack on the Japanese, pushing Lee to decide where his loyalties lie.

The Age of Shadows is nothing if not complex, being a cat and mouse thriller where the cat and the mouse roles are interchangeable and shift frequently, ambiguous identities and character motivations abounding throughout. Kim Jee-woon, who also scripted along with Lee Ji-min and Park Jong-dae, certainly tries to pack in a great deal of drama and suspense, and the film is relentless in its twists and turns, attempting to keep the viewer guessing as to who will end up on top, or at least alive. This works well enough, to an extent, and the film succeeds in creating an atmosphere of danger and deception, with treachery never far away, and Kim does a decent job of playing on both the moralities and psychologies of his protagonists in a vaguely Hitchcockian fashion. Unfortunately, at the same time he also overplays his hand, and the film gets needlessly caught up in its own chicanery, throwing in far too many characters and subplots to keep things focused. Clocking in at two hours and twenty minutes, the film is too long to maintain its momentum and tension, partly due to a middle section which for all its cleverness is essentially filler, never really adding much to the bigger picture. Kim's earlier films, though eccentric in places, were arguably tighter and more focused, and while The Age of Shadows does eventually build to a rewarding conclusion, it's hard not to feel that the film is bloated and takes too long in getting there.

Thankfully, the stellar cast all turn in great performances, and help lift the film during some of its more ponderous stretches. Song Kang-ho is fantastic in what amounts to the lead role, reigning in his over the top persona in favour of something more nuanced, and the film’s most satisfying aspect is arguably his multi-layered portrayal of a man confused by conflicting loyalties and driven to make a series of difficult and dangerous choices. Gong Yoo is also on great form, showing his usual likeability, though with a touch of ruthlessness, and while Han Ji-min doesn’t have much to do, the script at least spares her the indignity of being an eye-candy love interest. Special mention should go to Um Tae-goo, who's a great deal of fun to watch and who seems to have a fine old time chewing the scenery as the villainous Hashimoto, keeping his turn just the right side of pantomime hysteria.

The film also benefits from some impeccable visuals, clearly having enjoyed a sizable budget, no doubt partly as a result of having been produced by Warner Bros. The sets and costumes all look incredible, and the film is both stylised and convincing in its period detail, and cinematographers Kim Ji-yong and Kim Jae-hong give the production a suitably shady and moody look and feel. Kim has proved himself many times a director comfortable with large scale set pieces, and the film has its share of spectacular moments, most notably a virtuoso sequence on a train, and these do help to inject a very welcome shot of pace now and again. Things do get bloody and violent in places, and though there's nothing here to challenge Kim's brutal I Saw the Devil, the film is definitely all the better for having a hard edge.

There's certainly a lot to like about The Age of Shadows, and it's a shame that the film is let down by its overlong running time and overcooked plotting. It's more of a step sideways than backwards for Kim Jee-woon, and doesn't do his standing as one of the best film directors working in Korea today any harm, and as a big budget, all-star blockbuster it does entertain, if not quite enthral.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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