Director: Zhang Yimou
Section: World Cinema
Country: China | Year: 2018
Language(s): Chinese | Time: 115 mins
Shadow tells the story of a powerful King and his people who have been displaced from their homeland and long to win it back. The king is wild and ambitious, but his motives and methods are mysterious. His great general is a visionary who longs for nothing more than to win the ultimate battle, but needs to lay his plans in secret. The women of the palace are tragic figures, caught between being treated goddesses and pawns. And then there is the “everyman” around whom the inexorable forces of history swirl, always ready to swallow him up.
Zhang Yimou is a Chinese filmmaker who burst onto the global filmmaking scene in 1988, when he won the Golden Bear for Red Sorghum at the Berlinale. Yimou’s films include intimate personal stories set in the Chinese countryside such as Red Sorghum (1988), Raise the Red Lantern (1991), The Road Home (1999); martial arts dramas such as Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004); and works such as To Live (1994) and Coming Home (2014) that movingly chronicle China’s 20th century social traumas.