Shadow

Regie: Zhang Yimou, China, 116 MIN, Mandarijn, 16+

Cast: Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng

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Shadow reimagines an epic tale from the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history, in the Third Century.

The King of Pei and his people live in exile after being expelled from the city of Jing. The King finds it hard to cope with the loss of his city. Because of this he directs his anger at the most important general. What he doesn’t know is that the general is secretly working on a plan to recapture the city. He plans to do this with the help of a double – a “shadow.”

With this adaption of the classical epic tale about the Three Kingdoms, Zhang Yimou (Hero) has directed a new masterpiece. The film’s deep black and white tones were inspired by the classical Chinese painting technique with washed ink. It’s a great new edition to the impressive oeuvre of the Chinese grandmaster.