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Shadow (2018)

Ying (original title)
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Life and intrigue in an ancient Chinese court.

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Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Wei Li (screenplay), Yimou Zhang (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chao Deng ... Jing Zhou / Zi Yu
Li Sun ... Xiao Ai
Ryan Zheng ... Pei Liang
Qianyuan Wang ... Tian Zhan
Jingchun Wang ... Lu Yan
Jun Hu ... Yang Cang
Xiaotong Guan ... Qing Ping
Lei Wu ... Yang Ping (as Leo Wu)
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Bai Feng
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Storyline

Set during China's Three Kingdom's era (AD 220-280). The story of a great king and his people, who will be expelled from their homeland and will aspire to claim it. The king, violent and ambitious, of mysterious methods and motives; his general, a visionary who yearns to win the final battle but needs to prepare his plans in secret; the women of the palace, who struggle to find redemption in a world where they have no place; and a commoner called "Lord of all the world", will be the characters around who turn the inexorable forces of this story. Written by https://mydramalist.com/29264-shadow

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

30 September 2018 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeng See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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CNY 300,000,000 (estimated)
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DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | Dolby Surround 7.1

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film is shot in tones of black and white, to illustrate the interplay between light and dark and to follow the style of Chinese ink wash paintings. See more »

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Yang
17 March 2019 | by nikxatzSee all my reviews

When I watched "HERO" I just loved it. I fell love with the worldbuilding and the colorful settings and the choreographes were one of a kind. So, "Ying" comes out and it really looks different. I tried to avoid any advertsiment and I went blind. The result... "Ying" is worth watching, although it has its flaws I guess. Let's start with the good news: The cinematography is something you must... experience. I like that the whole film is driven by the ying and yiang symbol and it's a black and white film without being black and white. Both the production and the costume design is impeccable and even the ones who hate such stylish films ought to show a bit of respect for the work done. Almost every shot can be used as a wallpaper and although some shots were bleak or fake, the film's presentation is one of a kind. The souundtrack is also great. The instrument used provokes a lot of emotion and I actually felt that the sound editing and mixing were used in a unique way. The music speaks for itself and creates a weird but interesting tone. The battle sequences and the training were both expertly shot and the choreograhy was great and never felt too pretentious. As for the script... it's good... but not my thing. I actually felt that the script wasn't sure about where it was going. It's like a liitle it of everything and I cannot say I was connected with the story. I still don't know what it wanted to be... What I made about it was that it tried to illustrate how it is quite impossible to have a ying and a yang and find balance and peace. Thing will always be shacky and it also illustrated the games of power and grid and how everone will do anything for power. I loved the action sequences and the script was a nice of writing, but the dynamics and the character arcs were never 10/10 so that I could be fully into it. The acting is overall good, it's just that Chao Deng played both the potagonist, who is a silent force and the old man, who is a crazy maniac and even if he did handle the 2 different roles pretty good I felt that he overacted while playing the old man. It was probably froced, but I just hateit when they are overacting. Overall, this film is good. It is brillliantly shot , the technical aspects are almost perfect and a lot of choices in the story were clever and differed the movie from silly blockbusters or cliches. A good, stylish, Chinese watch with characters always seeking for acceptance and longing for power. Its impressive shots and great visual direction are what making this film a good watch and are the reason why I am giving it an 8/10. It's closer to a seven than to a nine, but an 8 will do.


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