With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO + HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated.
The movie is set during China´s Three Kingdom´s era (AD 220-280). In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself.
Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan, that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.
Director Zhang Yimou’s return to the wuxia genre 12 years after Curse of the Golden Flower was a triumphant one, creating one of the most visually sumptuous movies of the decade. - And battles in the rain have NEVER looked as beautiful as they do here.