The Emperor's Shadow (Qin song) (1997)

The Emperor's Shadow (Qin song)




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The most expensive film ever made in China up to the time of its release, Qin Song (1996) is an historical epic of that country's first emperor. Jiang Wen stars as Ying Zheng, king of China's Qin province in the third century B.C. Determined to unite the land's six disparate kingdoms under his control, Qin has embarked on a campaign of conquest and unification. In the kingdom of Yan, however, Qin orders his men to spare the life of Gao Jianli (Ge You), a childhood companion whose mother cared … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Oct 12, 1998


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Unquestionably a vigorous example of old-fashioned storytelling that compensates for its occasional clunkiness with a great deal of narrative zest.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Emperor's Shadow (Qin song)

A very interesting take on the story of the First Emperor of China, Emperor Qin. More from the point of view of his family members and his childhood friend, the musician Gao Jianli.


The plots is a bit sloppy, especially the tying of the beginning and the end.
Yes the emperor cries in the ends. But He can be crying out of happiness or Joy, rather the sadness he filled in his hearts as his friend who dies beside him. Its a bit twisted I think. But well done regardless. But the movie quality that I have seen is a bit old. Can't heard most of it, and have the time can't see things too clearly.

jane c

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