Zhang Yimou is one of China‘s most revered directors, and it’s no wonder—he has created some truly great work with a distinctive style that often easily translates to international ticket sales. His name really spread among western moviegoers, however, when he cast Matt Damon in his The Great Wall, the biggest film ever shot in his homeland.
If the trailer for his upcoming action epic Shadow is any indication, Yimou could end up with his biggest international hit yet. Nothing we’ve seen quite looks like this.
Here’s a basic synopsis for Shadow:
…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.
What proceeds from there is some high-level, truly inventive action.
Don’t sleep on a movie like Shadow just because there are subtitles. There’s already some critical consensus that it’s a “masterful tale of intrigue and deception.”
If you’re a huge fan of martial arts movies, this is definitely one to check out when it premieres in the United States on May 3, 2019.