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Shadow (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Beautifully filmed and inventively choreographed, Shadow is a thrilling and visually sumptuous wuxia epic that finds director Zhang Yimou near peak form.

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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.

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If The Great Wall felt like Yimou was turning his greatest hits into something dispassionately bland, then Shadow takes the familiar and makes it feel startlingly new.

May 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's always good to see this side of Zhang's work. "Shadow" will not soon be forgotten.

May 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Shadow isn't quite as perfect as one might wish.

May 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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"Shadow" is absurdly entertaining once you get past that first introductory hurdle. But the rest of the film is well worth the wait.

May 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A rapturously beautiful work...combining the exquisite details of Chinese ink-brush painting with the melodramatic extravagance and suspension of disbelief of opera.

May 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In the end, "Shadow" suffers from a kind of shallow narcissism.

May 7, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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