Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s epic wuxia film draws inspiration for its bi-chromatic palette from the yin-and-yang symbol and Chinese ink-brush painting. During The Three Kingdoms (220–280 AD) era, a wounded military commander (Deng Chao) employs a doppelgänger (also portrayed by Deng) to replace him in public so that his kingdom betrays no sign of weakness.~Augustine Chay
Excellent premise, character development and strat
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
This was a great movie films with shades of grey and black and splashes of color. An excellent premise The Shadow,. Definitely a portrayal of The Art of War and how to cunningly defeat your enemy. A nice twist at the end. Subtitled. I haven't gun through the features to see if it has a version without subtitles. But subtitled movies don't bother me. I really like the characters in this movie in the choreography of the fight sequences. It's not one of my absolute favorites but I really like this film! I still give it a five star rating based on its creativity and the characters and choreography of fight sequences and the strategy to win a war!
This movie is very entertaining. There is a limited amount of color in its palate but it is hauntingly beautiful. Lots of blacks and greys with some flesh tones and red for blood. I watched it in mandarin with subtitles to get the Atmos soundtrack and it is very immersive. The dialogue is well paced for subtitles. Definitely a slow burn but I enjoyed it. Plan to watch the version dubbed in English soon but is is just a Dolby mix.
Beautifully shot and acted, the movie seems much longer than it actually is. I cannot quibble about what scenes should have been shorter or omitted. The story about losing everything while winning has been told before. Cinematography is great. The colors are so subdued - on purpose - that it is virtually a black and white movie, save for occasional flashes of red. I do not understand the language but the acting seemed appropriate, not like a silent movie, and the English translations of the actors' words and the subtitles/ closed-captioning do not match, as usual. I liked it, my wife fell asleep.
From the director that created the prior films "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers" this is another wuxia action film. This film is a very slow build to the climax, with the first 60-75 minutes of the film consisting of dialogue between the players in the story. Many may dislike the film for this reason, because it doesn't follow the modern action film formula: a simple story spoon fed to the audience with some violent action sequence every 15 minutes to maintain attention. I found this to be a very interesting movie because of the slow build of the story along with the very intricate costumes used. Also the color palette of the film is limited, lots of black, white and greys.
I went into this knowing nothing about the film, but knowing a lot about the director. Zhang Yimou's use of blacks and whites makes this a uniquely beautiful film to watch and the action will keep you glued to your screen.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Beautiful movie worth the watch in 4k
Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
Purchased this as a blind buy based on reviews. It's a great action movie with awesome cinematography, a complexed love story intertwined with war, betrayal, and revenge. Theres a lot to take in in the first 20 minutes, so pay attention. Once the action begins, the scenes are thrilling. It's a beautiful movie to watch in 4k, its like seeing a black and white painting come to life. The same director made Hero and Crouching Tiger hidden dragon, I believe this movie was the directors best. As a bonus, the 4k disc is the only one that gets English audio.