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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.


Yimou Zhang


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


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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While not a direct representation of History, the events are analogous to the invasion of Jing Province the in the Three Kingdoms period. This includes details like the marriage proposal. See more »


Xiao Ai: You are not Zi. You are you.
Jing Zhou: Then who am I?
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Every Frame is Beautiful
26 September 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

During the Three Kingdoms 1,650 years ago, deception was often employed to survive in the high courts of kings. The war commander of one nation is nothing more than a shadow. His twin brother, the real talent, bides his time in the underworld until he can stage a coup and take revenge upon the king. Yet decoys assume a life of their own, and the shadow twin may take the power and possessions of the one he serves, but only if he is willing to strike and at the right moment. A love interest could provide all the motivation he needs, or perhaps all the distraction to cause him to fail and to be recognized for who he is.

There are many layers to this complex and resplendent film. Every frame is beautiful. Backgrounds are in bold black and white, with human figures providing the color. There is pulse quickening action, seductive romance, the eerily enchanting chords of the Chinese harp and ambient sound of rain and running water, wonderful dialogue, humor, history, yin and yang, intriguing stories, attractive people, fantastic acting and sword play, constant surprises, and more. Deng Shao plays both the shadow and the commander, and he does so brilliantly. North American premiere and the best film I saw at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

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China | Hong Kong | USA



Release Date:

30 September 2018 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »


Box Office


CNY300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,474, 5 May 2019

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | Dolby Surround 7.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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