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Shadow (2018)

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

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Wei Li (screenplay by) (as Li Wei), Yimou Zhang (screenplay by) (as Zhang Yimou) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chao Deng ... Jing / Commander
Li Sun ... Madam (Wife of Commander Yu) (as Sun Li)
Ryan Zheng ... The King of Pei (as Zheng Kai)
Qianyuan Wang ... Captain Tian (as Wang Qianyuan)
Jingchun Wang ... Minister Lu (as Wang Jingchun)
Jun Hu ... General Yang (as Hu Jun)
Xiaotong Guan ... The Princess (The King's Sister) (as Guan Xiaotong)
Lei Wu ... Ping (General Yang's Son) (as Leo Wu)
Bai Feng ... (as Feng Bai)
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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Zi Yu: They say a pup taken at birth can find its birthplace by tracing the scent.
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More than a thriller, but a Shakespearean-like play set in ancient China that thrills you with all the crafts
8 October 2018 | by actress_twSee all my reviews

This film will be well remembered, not for its ink paint style of cinematography, but for its characters, dialogue and ensemble performance. Deng Chao, who plays both the Shadow and the Commander at a time and can be often seen in the same frame with the help of marvellous visual effects, deserves all the attention and compliments for his commitment to acting. Didn't expect the adapted-from-historical-events drama turns out to be an action thriller ending with heavy blood stains, and the film almost reminded me of Feng Xiao-Gang's "The Banquet" when the ending credits rolled. But then, when I thought of the body moves of the Shadow, the Commander and his wife among Yin and Yang in the fight-practicing scene, and those tender moments between Shadow and his love, and their passion covered or burned through eye contact and physical distance in the light and the dark, I realised this is a Zhang Yimou film. The craftsmanship is simply for storytelling!


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Country:

China | Hong Kong | USA

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

30 September 2018 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CNY300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,474, 5 May 2019

Gross USA:

$521,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,708,374
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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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