Free Loft Cinema Member screening on Friday, May 31 at 7:00pm.
With Shadow, celebrated director Zhang Yimou (Hero; House of Flying Daggers; Raise the Red Lantern) 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.
“Shadow is a sumptuous sensory feast filled with spectacle, surprise, and madness.” – Felipe Freitas, Film Threat
In a kingdom ruled by a wild and dangerous young king (Zheng Kai) whose court is a hive of politicking and treachery, the monarch’s brave military commander (Deng Chao) has cultivated a secret weapon to aid his survival: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now, the commander must use this weapon in an intricate plan to launch a dangerous final assault against the forces of a rival kingdom, in hopes of leading his people to victory in a war that the King does not want. (Dir. by Zhang Yimou, 2018, China/Hong Kong, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 115 mins., Not Rated)