With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia 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”, 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.
“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
“This is probably the most stunningly beautiful Zhang has made to date.” -Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
“Zhang is seriously gifted at combining eye-catching imagery with darkly engaging stories. And this film is packed with sequences that take the breath away.” – Rich Cline, Shadows On The Wall