DIGITAL REVIEW: New Zhang film casts an immense shadow as year’s best actioner

This spectacular return to form from Hero director Yimou Zhang is a true sight to behold.

Shadow is the story of a trio of dynasties who keep a loose hold on a shaky peaceful alliance in Chinese court.

Shot in black-and-white with colour interspersed for emphasis, it’s one of the most transfixing, beautiful films of the year. It’s the best cinematography I’ve seen since last year’s Polish Oscar nominee Cold War.

The violence is brutal and the fight scenes have an artful elegance to them, but it’s the quieter moments and actors who really stand out.

Chao Deng pulls off an incredible dual performance, and Ryan Zheng makes a pretty impactful villain.

This is an intricate story with some of the most mind-blowing scenes of 2019. It’s a sight to behold, and is one of the best of the year.

4.5/5 Stars

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