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Shadow

Life and intrigue in an ancient Chinese court.
(NR, 116 min.)
Ying (original title)

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Tuesday, Jul, 23

5:30 PM

Wednesday, Jul, 24

7:30 PM

Thursday, Jul, 25

7:30 PM

Saturday, Jul, 27

8:15 PM

Sunday, Jul, 28

4:15 PM

Tuesday, Jul, 30

7:45 PM

Thursday, Aug, 01

7:30 PM

In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want. [Well Go USA]

Starring: Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng
Director: Yimou Zhang
Genre(s): Action, Drama, War
Language: Chinese

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"You've gotta see it to believe it."

— Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

"A martial-arts movie landmark, as strong in its performances as it is spectacularly novel in its violence."

— Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

"While the thematic scheme may be ancient and remote, Zhang’s poetic compression and technical pizazz feel as fresh as a splash in a mountain stream."

— Liam Lacey, Original-Cin

"A rapturously beautiful work...combining the exquisite details of Chinese ink-brush painting with the melodramatic extravagance and suspension of disbelief of opera."

— Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle

"This is a filmmaker in total command of every visual element — his compositions more compelling than ever, the production design almost verging on steampunk, and a special mention has to go to the extraordinary costumes — but it doesn’t feel stifling or precious either."

— Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist

"A marvel of cinematic craftsmanship, Shadow acts curiously as both a return to form for Zhang Yimou and a perceptible departure. Not only are his characters more physically grounded, but his writing also seeks more ties to emotional reality even if the stories are still far from commonplace."

— Carlos Aguilar, TheWrap

"The real star of the show here is the strikingly gorgeous, often almost bi-chrome visual universe, inspired by the tai chi diagram — more commonly known in the West as yin-and-yang symbol — and traditional ink-brush painting, with its distinct combination of rich blacks and fluid shades of gray."

— Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter