If you’re a “Game of Thrones” fan longing for sword fights and dynastic intrigue, look no further than “Shadow,” which features more dramatic deaths than the Battle of Winterfell and manages to look 100-percent more beautiful (not to mention visible) while doing it.
Chinese director Zhang Yimou is best known in the US for his 2004 film “House of Flying Daggers,” and “Shadow” certainly has plenty of those, although its most striking weapon turns out to be an umbrella.
Set in the ancient “Three-Kingdoms” era of Chinese history, it features a cruel and hedonistic king (Ryan Zheng) whose ailing military commander (Deng Chao) has deployed a secret doppëlganger (also Deng) to carry out a subversive plan.
At stark odds with the director’s earlier work is the color palette of this one — that is to say, the film is nearly devoid of it, a haunting wash of multilayered grays. This is one “Shadow” that deserves to be in the spotlight.
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