Leading independent sales house, Finecut has picked up international rights to “The Age of Shadows,” the new period action film by top Korean director Kim Jee-woon. The film is the first produced and presented in Korea by Warner Bros.
Previously known only by its Korean title “Mil-Jung,” the film is a 1920s set story of secret agents attempting to smuggle explosives in order to destroy facilities controlled by occupying Japanese forces. It stars Song Kang-ho as a Korean-born Japanese officer who has divided loyalties and Gong Yoo as the leader of the Korean resistance group.
The film is now in post-production ahead of a release later this year. Finecut will show footage of the incomplete movie in the Cannes Market next month. Song is Korea’s leading character actor and was star of “The Host” and “Snowpiercer.” Gong also appears in “Train to Busan,” which plays in Cannes Midnight Screening section.
Kim previously directed “I Saw The Devil,” and “The Good, The Bad, The Weird.” He made his Hollywood directorial debut with the Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring “The Last Stand.”
This year sees all three of Korea’s best-known directors Kim, Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho, in action as directors. Park’s latest effort “The Handmaiden” appears in competition in Cannes this year, while Bong is now in production on “Okja” and has assembled a cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins, Paul Dano and Steve Yeun.