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401 Ratings


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.

Our take

Reimagining the fabled Three Kingdoms era, Zhang Yimou’s glorious wuxia epic pairs palace intrigue with mesmeric swordfights, conjuring the beauty and terror of the struggle for power among men. Dappled with hues of white and grey, the elegant color palette heightens the grisliness of bloodshed.