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6.7
/10
208 Ratings

Shadow

影 | Ying

Directed by Zhang Yimou
China, 2018
Action, Drama, History

Synopsis

The story of a great king and his people, who will be expelled from their homeland and will aspire to claim it.

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Shadow Directed by Zhang Yimou
Like a painting of broad strokes and few defining details, Shadow is as impressionistic as it is theoretically concise. This is the type of exhilarating challenge that I look forward to at the theatre, because it refuses to make the world any easier for me to understand.
September 15, 2018
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It’s quite a show. For one thing, Zhang has reengineered the color-design principles of Hero. There the flashback episodes were keyed to different palettes. In Ying, the settings exist almost entirely in deep blacks and soft grays. For most of the film, only flesh and blood are given in their natural colors, and even then they are pastels.
September 13, 2018
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After essaying several genres (period history, period comedy, historical melodrama, international epic) in the last 15 years, Zhang Yimou has returned to something like Hero’s (2002) combination of imperial court and wuxia spectacle. Shadow tones down that earlier film’s concentration on the morality of loyalty to state power in favour of a rather flamboyant but fascinating psychodrama.
September 12, 2018
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