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The Age of Shadows (2DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Gong Yoo (Actor) | Kim Jee Woon (Director) | Han Ji Min (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 special features including commentary, pre-production making-of, action making video, deleted scenes, VIP premiere, still gallery and trailer.

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Product Title: The Age of Shadows (2DVD) (Korea Version) 密探 (DVD) (雙碟裝) (韓國版) 密探 (DVD) (双碟装) (韩国版) 密偵 (2DVD) (韓国版) 밀정 (2DVD) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Gong Yoo (Actor) | Han Ji Min (Actor) | Tsurumi Shingo (Actor) | Shin Sung Rok (Actor) | Park Hee Soon | Kim Dong Young (Actor) | Um Tae Goo (Actor) | Seo Young Joo (Actor) 宋 康昊 (Actor) | 孔侑 (Actor) | 韓智敏 (Actor) | 鶴見辰吾 (Actor) | 申成祿 (Actor) | 樸熙順 | Kim Dong Young (Actor) | 嚴 泰谷 (Actor) | 徐英洙 (Actor) 宋 康昊 (Actor) | 孔侑 (Actor) | 韩智敏 (Actor) | 鹤见辰吾 (Actor) | 申成禄 (Actor) | 樸熙顺 | Kim Dong Young (Actor) | 严 泰谷 (Actor) | 徐英洙 (Actor) ソン・ガンホ (Actor) | コン・ユ (Actor) | ハン・ジミン (Actor) | つるみしんご (Actor) | シン・ソンロク (Actor) | パク・ヒスン | キム・ドンヨン (Actor) | Um Tae Goo (Actor) | ソ・ヨンジュ (Actor) 송 강호 (Actor) | 공유 (Actor) | 한지민 (Actor) | Tsurumi Shingo (Actor) | 신성록 (Actor) | 박희순 | 김동영 (Actor) | 엄태구 (Actor) | 서영주 (Actor)
Director: Kim Jee Woon 金 知雲 Kim Jee Woon キム・ジウン 김지운
Release Date: 2017-04-27
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: FNC Add Culture
Other Information: 2-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1059370127

Product Information

밀정 (2DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format:2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
*Sound Mix: 한국어 돌비디지털 5.1
*Extras:
*SPECIAL 영상 <경성행 기차 완결편> (35:38)

*VIP 시사회(02:05)

*스틸 갤러리(03:12)

*예고편 (01:03)

*Director:김지운

DISC 1
*영화시작 (140:12)
*설정
-음성선택
+ 한국어 돌비디지털 5.1
+ 음성해설
(김지운 감독, 최재원 대표, 송강호, 공유, 한지민, 엄태구)
-자막선택
+ 한글 + 영어 + 자막없음

*장면선택

DISC 2
*은밀한 만남 (06:34) > 프리프로덕션 메이킹

*적 또는 동지(07:18) > 액션 메이킹

*삭제 장면 (24:20)
- S# 영생사진관 <일본경찰들이 어떻게 알았을까>
- S# 검도실 < 하시모토의 등장 >
- S# 경성역 < 상해로 피신하라 >
- S# 히사시 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 < 사의찬미 >
- S# 일본 경찰간부 구락부 < 이정출의 마음 >


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
실제 사건과 인물을 모티브로 스크린으로 부활시킨 1920년대 역사 스파이극
극단의 시대, 친일과 항일의 경계선에 선 조선인들의 드라마
장르마다 최고의 작품을 선 보인 김지운 감독과 송강호가 돌아왔다!

1923년 경성. 일제 통치의 상징과도 같은 종로경찰서 폭탄 투척 사건으로 인해 일대 동요가 일어난다. 전 민족이 떨쳐 일어났던 3.1 만세 운동의 패배 직후, 무력감에 휩싸였던 조선 민중은 신출귀몰하며 추적을 따돌린 첩보전을 방불케 하는 김상옥 의사의 도주를 응원했다. 그가 사망한 직후, 무장독립운동 단체인 의열단은 조선 총독부를 비롯한 일제의 거점 시설을 파괴할 2차 거사를 계획한다.
국내에서는 파괴력이 뛰어난 폭탄을 제조하는 것이 불가능하기에 헝가리 혁명가인 폭탄 제조 전문가와 손잡고 상해에서 폭탄을 대량 제조, 경성으로 들어오려 한 것. 그리고 안둥과 신의주를 거쳐 폭탄을 들여오는 과정에 한때 독립운동 진영에 속했으나 변절한 후 일제 고등 경찰인 경부로 일하고 있던 황옥이 의열단의 새로운 리더인 김시현과 함께 했다는 놀라운 사실이 밝혀진다.
황옥은 의열단의 2차 거사를 저지하기 위해 일제가 심은 ‘밀정’이었다는 설과, 일본 경찰을 가장한 의열단원이었다는 설이 팽팽하게 맞선 가운데, 실제 정체와 의도가 밝혀지지 않은 채 역사 속 의문의 인물로 남았다.

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

<조용한 가족>, <반칙왕>, <놈놈놈>으로 흥행과 작품성, 연출력을 인정 받아 헐리웃에 진출했던 김지운 감독과 송강호, 그리고 공유가 의기투합한 작품인 <밀정>이 DVD로 출시된다.

DVD를 통해 감상할 수 있는 1920년대 상해와 경성
60만평 규모의 대규모 세트장과 시대적인 분위기가 물씬 풍기는 액션
김지운 감독과 최재원 대표, 송강호, 공유, 한지민, 엄태구의 코멘터리
60여분의 미공개 삭제 장면과 프리 프로덕션과 액션 메이킹 영상 수록

영화 <밀정> DVD는 2.39:1 아나몰픽 와이드 스크린의 극장용 대 화면과 한국어 5.1 채널 오디오를 제공한다. 특히, 드라마와 액션 장면들이 많은 영화의 장점을 잘 살려 와이드스크린으로 펼쳐지는 화면과 5.1 채널 오디오는 극장만큼이나 세련된 화면과 오디오를 제공한다. 특히, 김지운 감독이 DVD와 블루레이 마니아로 영화 제작 이후 필요한 메이킹 영상들을 제공하여, 보너스 영상들에 많은 소스를 제공하여 완성도 높은 프리프로덕션 영상인 ‘은밀한 만남’과 액션 메이킹 영상인 ‘적 또는 동지’ 영상을 만들어 낼 수 있었다. 또한 영화의 하이라이트인 ‘기차씬’을 DVD를 통해 완결 버전으로 볼 수 있고, 총 25분 가량의 삭제 장면의 경우 또 한편의 영화를 감상하는 것만큼 특별한 미공개 장면들로 구성됐다. 게다가 이 삭제 장면들은 김지운 감독이 DVD 팬들을 위해 특별히 공개하는 영상들로 어디서도 볼 수 없었던 고퀄리티의 영상 자료들을 팬들에게 고스란히 공개한다.

그 밖에 ‘VIP 시사회’는 개봉 후 분위기를 전달하며, ‘스틸 갤러리’와 오리지널 극장용 예고편을 수록하고 있다.

김지운 감독과 제작을 맡은 최재원 대표, 배우 송강호와 공유, 한지민, 엄태구의 코멘터리는 영화를 감상하며 각 장면마다 감독과, 제작자, 배우들이 느끼는 소회를 들을 수 있는 기회로 <밀정>이란 작품을 만들며 일어났던 에피소드와 감독과 제작자의 생각, 배우들의 감정을 들어볼 수 있는 기회를 제공한다.
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Professional Review of "The Age of Shadows (2DVD) (Korea Version)"

July 7, 2017

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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