Director Zhang Yimou’s reimagining of the classic THREE KINGDOMS, SHADOW pushes the boundaries of wuxia martial arts action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a "shadow" decoy, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.
With HERO (2002), Zhang Yimou blew new life into the wuxia genre. He went on to make THE HOUSE OF THE FLYING DAGGERS (2004) and CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER (2006). His latest film is a new high point.
"Every supremely controlled stylistic element of Zhang Yimou's breathtakingly beautiful SHADOW is an echo of another, a motif repeated, a pattern recurring in a fractionally different way each time.” —Jessica Kiang, Variety "The real star of the show here is the strikingly gorgeous, often almost bi-chrome visual universe, inspired by the Tai Chi diagram—more commonly known in the West as yin-and-yang symbol—maand traditional ink-brush painting, with its distinct combination of rich blacks and fluid shades of gray....This is probably the most stunningly beautiful Zhang has made to date.” —Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
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