SHADOW
YING
2018, Well Go USA, 116 min, China/Hing Kong, Dir: Zhang Yimou

Swapping his usual vibrant color palette for an aesthetic largely inspired by the Chinese ink-wash painting tradition of shuimohua, Zhang Yimou (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, RAISE THE RED LANTERN) presents another slice of war and intrigue set in the historically rich period of the Three Kingdoms (AD 220-280). The King of Pei (Zheng Kai) aims to conquer or destroy everything in his path, and while he is served by his loyal military commander (Deng Chao), his court teems with machinations. To deceive enemies both within and outside the kingdom, the commander has cultivated a look-alike “shadow” (also played by Deng) who can easily trick just about anyone. The stage is set for a battle to control the walled city of Jing - an explosive and treacherous confrontation that few will survive. An enthralling ancient painting come to life, this magnificent epic combines stunning visuals with an intricate plot that will both delight and surprise fans of the genre.


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