More than a decade since Zhang Yimou’s last foray into the wuxia (martial arts) genre, the celebrated filmmaker returns with Shadow, a visually ravishing tale of intrigue and deception that stands proudly alongside his past triumphs Hero and House of Flying Daggers. Employing a washed-out monochrome aesthetic that recalls classical Chinese “shui-mo” water and ink paintings, and featuring compelling performances and rousing sequences of beautifully choreographed action, Shadow marks a welcome return to form for the director, following a string of underwhelming offerings.
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