From director Yimou Zhang (Hero) comes a new, stylized martial arts film titled Shadow. From the trailer, the story appears to be centered around a body double working for the royal family.
The world of Shadow appears fantastic yet believable. I highly doubt anyone ever fought with a bladed umbrella in ancient China, but Zhang’s camera composition and limited color palette make me buy into the fantasy. I rewatched Hero recently and the effects have aged much like The Matrix. However, Shadow appears to have grown with the times, so the suspension of disbelief isn’t an issue. Color me intrigued.
Look for Shadow in theaters this May.