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
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
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!
First and foremost, the 4k transfer is gorgeous. The detail is intricate and the scale slides from the minute all the way to the grand. This is what UHD is all about. The film is almost monochromatic with pops of color added for emphasis and it works. The Dolby Atmos soundtrack rocked my home theater system. I would go so far as to consider it a reference audio track.
The movie itself was decently good. It's not up there with "Hero" or "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" but it holds it own. With plenty of action, political drama and intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any Asian cinema fans out there.
This is a slow movie, but good story line and amazing visuals! Mostly black and white scenes and for movie that you think might have lots of tiger dragon type fight scenes, the few it has are well choreagraphed and beautifully detailed. Just great cinematography, especially with a good high end tv to see it in. Great that it has original language with subtitles or you can see it in english dialogue.
I had never heard of the movie before i seen it on the shelf, it looked interesting enough so i looked it up and im glad i took a chance on it, the atmos mix is fantastic and the visuals are great as well.
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 rated this a little low, even though it's great, because the trailer was a little misleading. This actually contains very little actions scenes. It's not an action movie. But it is a great representation of Chinese artistic style. Just know what you're getting here. I even fell asleep, which doesn't diminish how nice it was but just to reiterate it's not action packed.