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Shadow (2018)

Ying (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, War | 30 September 2018 (China)
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Life and intrigue in an ancient Chinese court.

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Wei Li (screenplay), Yimou Zhang (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chao Deng ... Jing Zhou / Zi Yu
Li Sun ... Xiao Ai
Ryan Zheng ... Pei Liang
Qianyuan Wang ... Tian Zhan
Jingchun Wang ... Lu Yan
Jun Hu ... Yang Cang
Xiaotong Guan ... Qing Ping
Lei Wu ... Yang Ping (as Leo Wu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bai Feng
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Storyline

Set during China's Three Kingdom's era (AD 220-280). The story of a great king and his people, who will be expelled from their homeland and will aspire to claim it. The king, violent and ambitious, of mysterious methods and motives; his general, a visionary who yearns to win the final battle but needs to prepare his plans in secret; the women of the palace, who struggle to find redemption in a world where they have no place; and a commoner called "Lord of all the world", will be the characters around who turn the inexorable forces of this story. Written by https://mydramalist.com/29264-shadow

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Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

30 September 2018 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Gölge Savasçi See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CNY 300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,474, 5 May 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$240,260, 16 May 2019
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DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film is shot in tones of black and white, to illustrate the interplay between light and dark and to follow the style of Chinese ink wash paintings. See more »

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A Brilliant Wuxia Film
4 May 2019 | by truemythmediaSee all my reviews

I've always loved foreign cinema, especially the Asian culture; it's so diverse and unique that one could spend years and years studying and still barely scratch the surface. The history is vast and rich, and the films of Asian cinema always bring that to light. There's something about the craftmanship of such films that just feels so much more visceral and rewarding as compared to most American movies. And with Shadow we find director Zhang Yimou ("Hero", "The Great Wall") at his truest form, giving us his most visually satisfying, narratively complex, and action packed movie to date. The film does have a slow start, building the world that we're in and the characters and what their motives are. It's a layered narrative that requires a good bit of attention, each character giving meaning to the scene. Although the pacing is a tad off, it's always an absorbing watch due to the gorgeous cinematography, from the sweeping landscapes to the dense foggy atmosphere this movie just looks phenomenal. I found myself wanting the biggest screen possible to watch such a spectacle. There's a scene when opposing soldiers use their umbrella swords and twirl their way down a cobblestone street all the while firing their crossbows at the enemy, it's bonkers but it's so stylish and inventive. I thought I'd seen it all by now, but Shadow only goes to show there's probably a lot more to see. Overall Shadow is an exceptionally well made martial arts film, one that uses slow burn to a wonderful effect, never distancing itself from the viewer, but still able to build a strong hero and villain organically.


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