Rent Shadow (2018)

3.2 of 5 from 168 ratings
1h 56min
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Synopsis:
In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a "shadow", a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Ellen Eliasoph, Jun Liu, Catherine Pang, Xiaozhu Wang, Zhao Zhang
Writers:
Wei Li, Yimou Zhang
Aka:
Ying
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
Collections:
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Countries:
China
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/09/2019
Run Time:
116 minutes
Languages:
Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0, Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English Forced
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/09/2019
Run Time:
116 minutes
Languages:
Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0, Mandarin DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Forced
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/09/2019
Run Time:
116 minutes
Languages:
English DTS 5.1, Mandarin Dolby Atmos
Subtitles:
Complex Mandarin, English, Simplified Mandarin
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (3) of Shadow

A 1-star film with a 5-star set-piece - Shadow review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
18/11/2020

This Zhang Yimou epic is a curious hybrid of the bad and the beautiful. For the first hour it’s such a hammy melodrama that you wonder why no-one’s had a word with him. It’s beautiful to look at, if course. He’s a master of composition and movement. But the palace-intrigue plot is uninteresting and there’s nothing to look at but interiors with talking heads. It’s filmed in striking monochrome with odd flashes of muted colour, such as flesh tones, but this can’t sustain interest on its own.

But fast forward to 63 minutes and you reach a dynamic battle sequence set in a walled city on the edge of a deep gorge. The main weapons of choice are umbrellas made of sharp blades. There are some jaw-dropping scenes here that are like nothing you’ve ever seen before, even in a Kurasawa film. It even reminds you of Kurasawa’s Seven Samurai because the whole battle is filmed in torrential rain. It’s a spectacular cinematic vision. If only the remainder of the film could match this it would be a masterpiece, but after the battle it’s back to interior melodrama. If you have any interest in film at all, however, it’s worth watching for that central 20min sequence.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Some beautiful imagery later on in the film but not enough to save it. Very bad dubbing. - Shadow review by MM

Spoiler Alert
12/04/2022

I began watching it in Madorin with English subtitles but they shot by too quickly so i watched the film with English dub. it was a mistake. The dubbing is very poor quality with ridiculous American accents. The first half of the film plods by, great costumes but hammy drama. towards the end of the film we have some beautiful imagery of sweeping mountains,, dark craggy valleys, armies sweeping into attack, rain, and an interplay between music and black and white and elemental forces. By this point one did not really care. I really wanted to like it, but could not.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

O dear..... - Shadow review by SM

Spoiler Alert
02/10/2019

Not the best of choices!

I firmly believe that this film was simply trying too hard to be a 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon' type of show.

It failed miserably!

We watched an hour of this and finally gave up as the action was poorly directed and the actors themselves were struggling!

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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