‘The Age of Shadows’ to open in North America next week

September 14, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13 (Yonhap) — The popular South Korean film “The Age of Shadows” is set to open in more than 40 North American cities next week amid keen attention from the local press.

The double agent film, starring top actors Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo and Han Ji-min, will premiere in cities that include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington, Toronto and Vancouver, on Sept. 23, according to its local distributor CJ Entertainment America.

A poster for the film "The Age of Shadows" provided by Warner Bros. Korea.

A poster for the film “The Age of Shadows” provided by Warner Bros. Korea.

Directed by Kim Jee-woon, the period movie has topped South Korea’s box office since its release last Wednesday, drawing an audience of more than 2 million so far. Song plays a talented Korean-born Japanese police officer who happens to work as a double agent for Japan and a group of Korean resistance fighters during Japan’s colonial rule over Korea. Gong and Han play a leader and a member of the group called “Uiyeoldan,” respectively.

It has been invited to various international film festivals, including those in Venice and Toronto, and described by the U.S. entertainment weekly Variety as a “rousing gem” without “an ounce of fat.”

Kim and Han attended the film’s screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and are scheduled to visit New York to attend a preview event there next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kim is also scheduled to visit Los Angeles to attend a screening specially organized for local film officials.