SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s espionage film “The Age of Shadows” swept local cinemas during the Chuseok holiday this week, surpassing 5 million viewers, data showed Saturday.
According to data compiled by the state-run Korean Film Council (KFC), the film broke the 5 million mark after recording an accumulated audience of more than 4.2 million viewers on Friday. The movie — starring top actors Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo and Han Ji-min — opened on Sept. 7.
In particular, the movie drew nearly 860,000 people on Chuseok, which fell on Friday, becoming the second-most-viewed film on the Korean thanksgiving day.
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 1910-45 colonial rule. Gong and Han respectively play a leader and a member of the group called “Uiyeoldan.”
Directed by Kim Jee-woon, the film has been invited to various international film festivals, including those in Venice and Toronto, and described by U.S. entertainment weekly Variety as a “rousing gem” without “an ounce of fat.”