Experience Zhang Yimou's breathtaking wuxia action epic on the big screen as part of LIFF Presents.

With Shadow, director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a swordplay epic like no other. In an empire 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 lookalike who can fool both his enemies and the king himself as the commander prepares for a dangerous final assault against the forces of a rival kingdom. Masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated, Yimou has created an extraordinary visual tour de force.

'Black ink drips from the tip of a brush and daggers into clear water, spiraling out like smoke; a Chinese zither sounds a ferocious, twanging note that warps and buckles in its sustain; rain mottles the sky to a heavy watercolor gray, forming pools on paving stones into which warriors bleed; whispery drafts from hidden palace chambers stir tendrils of hair and set the hems of luxuriant, patterned robes fluttering. Every supremely controlled stylistic element of Zhang Yimou’s breathtakingly beautiful “Shadow” is an echo of another, a motif repeated, a pattern recurring in a fractionally different way each time.' (Jessica Kiang, Variety)

Digital cinema print courtesy of Well Go USA.