Shadow Reviews

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August 28, 2020
A politically driven, exceptionally lavish historical drama that represents Zhang at his most visually poetic.
August 27, 2020
Yimou Zhang once again reminds us of his trademark beauty, and Shadow is a significant return to form.
July 30, 2020
Zhang proves that, operating in this vibrant, superficial mode, he's still capable of generating the requisite thrills.
July 28, 2020
Zhang Yimou's new wuxia epic, titled 'Shadow', represents for my taste in martial arts, a fascinating film that never ceases to amaze me throughout the journey with its plot of loyalty, betrayal and power. [Full review in Spanish]
June 30, 2020
While pretty and grand, and the idea of a historical epic from the director of "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers" sounds like a great concept, "Shadow" falls flat and cold.
June 27, 2020
The film's message seems to be that absolute power corrupts absolutely, making it a veiled critique of China's current leader.
February 25, 2020
This heightened atmosphere sets the perfect tone for the story, which is rife with scheming, torqued emotion, and of course, incredible fight scenes.
January 30, 2020
It has the goods, both as spectacle and as an enjoyable dense political thriller.
January 7, 2020
f you like sword fights you should like this wuxia film despite its confusing palace intrigues.
January 7, 2020
There's a certain traditional type of ink finger-painting in China that director Zhang Yimou's new movie evokes to seductive perfection.
December 25, 2019
Not much more to say, "Shadow" is one of the greatest wuxia films of all time, an audiovisual poem and overall, a true masterpiece.
November 18, 2019
It is a creative and aesthetic masterpiece.
November 11, 2019
Overall, Shadow is as stunning as Yimou's recent filmography but the numerous complexities make the story unnecessarily confusing.
September 16, 2019
At times, Shadow is a feast of sound and vision.
August 16, 2019
Intrigue drawn in ink.
July 28, 2019
If you are a fan of visually dazzling films with heart than you will leave the theater awestruck by it.
July 25, 2019
If you want to see a movie that stretches the visual and emotional boundaries of action films, "Shadow" is not to be missed.
July 19, 2019
Like many of Yimou's wuxia films, this is a picture deeply concerned with finding aesthetic beauty among the bloodshed.
July 15, 2019
Zhang Yimou is back to his best.
June 18, 2019
Spectacle and elegance go hand in hand in this inspired epic by Zhang Yimou. [Full Review in Spanish]
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