A martial-arts movie landmark, as strong in its performances as it is spectacularly novel in its violence.
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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. 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.

Starring: Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Wang Qianyuan, Wang Jingchun, Hu Jun, Guan Xiaotong, Leo Wu

Director: Zhang Yimou

Played at

Music Hall, 5.31.19 - 6.06.19
NoHo 7, 5.17.19 - 5.23.19
Monica Film Center, 5.17.19 - 6.06.19
Glendale, 5.17.19 - 5.30.19
Playhouse 7, 5.10.19 - 5.30.19
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 116 min
Language: Mandarin
FEATURED REVIEW: Jessica Kiang, Variety
Black ink drips from the tip of a brush and daggers into clear water, spiraling out like smoke; a Chinese zither sounds a ferocious, twanging note that warps and buckles in its sustain; rain mottles the sky to a heavy watercolor gray, forming pools on paving stones into which warrior...