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Zhang Yimou

Monochrome Martial Art Ballet

China, Hong Kong SAR China, 2018, 116'

cmn sub en/fr, 14a

7.7, Open Air, 22:15

12.7, Studio, 17:00

The movie

In this magnificent epic that dwells on the edge of fantasy, a General rigs the political chess game by employing a shadow, i.e., a double. The triumphant return of a legendary Chinese filmmaker.

Peace in the kingdom of Pei is threatened when two army generals challenge one another. With one foot in the grave, Yu trains a lookalike – a shadow – to fight like him and act on his behalf. Shadow is the great return of Zhang Yimou to the wuxia pian. After the colourful Secret of the Flying Daggers and Hero, the director has created a breath-taking martial epic in nearly monochromatic tones. An aesthetically stunning and mesmerising movie!

Festival Contact :

Cmc Pictures

cast :

Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Wang Qianyuan, Wang Jingchun, Hu Jun, Guan Xiaotong, Leo Wu

Crew :
  • Music : Zai Lao
  • Cinematographer : Zhao Xiaoding
  • Editor : Zhou Xiaolin