By Zhang Yimou

  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Release Date: 2019-05-03
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 55min
  • Director: Zhang Yimou
  • Production Company: Bregman/Baer Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 7.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 269 Ratings


With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. 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.




  • Drama with some Action

    By JustWantToBeEntertained
    This movie is good, but not great. It is kinda slow but has some good action with a fairly good story line. It’s definitely worth watching if you are willing to read the subtitles or are fluent in Mandarin. If you don’t know how to read I wouldn’t suggest this movie, since trying to have someone read a movie to you is tiresome.
  • Seriously underrated

    By Jademoonbeam
    If you want to watch an action movie, then don’t waste your money. If you want to watch a good story movie, then go for it.

    By LuisB773
  • Overrated

    By Jtnshanghai
    Don't be fooled by the sypnosis. This is not a wuxia movie. This is a talk fest with overly dramatic and banal dialogue. I got so bored with this I had to just watch it in 2x speed to lessen my suffering. Blechhhh.
  • A master strokes

    By Trkrtreat
    Cinematography was genius. The story telling was fantastic, the plot was wonderful.
  • Terrible

    By Professor101
    This was the slowest and least impactful movie I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t even worth the 99 cent rental price that I paid.
  • Dont expect the typical kungfu movie

    By blahlalamonsterugly
    This movie isn’t for everyone. If your looking for Bruce Lee/Jackie Chan action then move on. If you want a well crafted and well written drama then you can at least afford the $1 rent fee. Shadow not only has exceptional visuals and visual story telling but amazing characters. Chinese actors were great and conveyed their characters wonderfully. Great movie. Don’t listen to all the simple minded children who have broken expectations.
  • Gorgeous, amazing movie

    By Gammon lover
    Highest recommendation. Beautifully filmed and acted. Definitely worth seeing.
  • Amazing visuals and interesting story.

    By Chinoloco93
    The story is really well done with plot lines of betrayal, loyalty, and family love. The visuals are stunning and I highly recommend this movie.
  • Toxically Tedious - Physically Painful to Watch

    By VisualFlux
    No action and no plot. Mildly interesting visuals can't make up for the worst dialogue since Ed Wood learned to type. If the movie were simply boring that would have been a blessing, instead I found myself constantly checking the clock and daring myself to finish the film. If you genuinely hate someone then recommend they watch Shadow. As a side note it was illuminating to learn that scuba gear was actually invented by the ancient Chinese and not Jacques Cousteau. Oh wait ...