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S. Korean film "The Age of Shadows" submitted to Oscars

All Headlines 17:10 August 30, 2016

By Chung Joo-won

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean spy film will be submitted to next year's U.S. Academy Awards, the state-run film council confirmed on Tuesday.

"The Age of Shadows," directed by South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon, will submitted for consideration in the foreign language film section of the 89th Academy Awards, according to the Korea Film Council (KFC). The annual event is slated to take place in Los Angeles in February 2017.

"The film scored high in multiple evaluation factors, such as aesthetic achievement, recognition of the director and cast, as well as global distribution and marketing potential," the KFC said in a press release.

Every year, the KFC makes the final selection of the film to be submitted to the Academy Awards.

"This year, the film council has received many works of outstanding producing skills and high individualized style, leading to fierce debate among the KFC judges," the council added.

Starring top actors Song Kang-ho and Gong Yoo, "The Age of Shadows" portrays the story of Korean independence fighters during the 1920s, when political turbulence abounded under Japanese colonial rule.

Song, globally known for "Snowpiercer" and "The Host" plays Korean investigator Lee Jeong-chul who works for the local Japanese police. Gong, whose recent zombie film "Train to Busan" hit the jackpot at home, plays Korean resistance group member Kim Woo-jin.

Among the cast are also some top South Korean stars such as actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Han Ji-min.

"The Age of Shadows" premieres in local theaters on Sept. 7.


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