Running Time: 115min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Knight Marimbas Award
In Pei, a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king (Zheng Kai), everyone has their own scheme. Most of all the military commander (Deng Chao), who is a brave and accomplished warrior on the battlefield, but has to face peril inside the palace walls too. He has a secret weapon, however: his “shadow,” a look-alike who can deceive both Pei’s enemies and the King himself. As he prepares to triumph over a rival kingdom for control of the city of Jing, the commander hatches an intricate plan unlike any seen before, leading up to a combat of indescribable consequences.
Taking inspiration from the centuries-old Chinese tradition of ink-wash painting, director Zhang Yimou invokes a stunning color palette of pale whites, greys and ink-dark blacks. Yimou crafts a grand tale of epic battles and deadly decoys. With his experienced touch and clear vision, he weaves together a magnificent world of blood, secrets, and conspiracies that will leave you utterly breathless.
Director: Zhang Yimou
Producer: Pang Liwei, Liu Jun, Wang Xiaozhu
Screenwriter: Li Wei, Zhang Yimou
Executive Producer: Lian Jie, Zhang Zhao, Edward Cheng
Production Company: Perfect Village Entertainment HK Limited
Cinematographer: Zhao Xiaoding
Editor: Zhou Xiaolin