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Shadow (2018)

Ying (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 30 September 2018 (China)
1:53 | Trailer
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 »
3,470 ( 263)
37 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »





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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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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cinema as an art
30 September 2018 | by contact-01618See all my reviews

I just watched this movie a few hours ago and i am still dizzy. The lack of background colors and the almost constant rain add to the complex intrigue. Until the end, one does not know where the director will take us. It is beautifully crafted, the action is realistic, the acting is perfect. This is another "Chef d'oeuvre" from Zhang Yimou. It will be one of these few movies which I shall watch again.. and again, with the same pleasure

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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:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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