Well Go USA released the film on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD in North America on August 13, 2019, and in the UK on September 16th, 2019. So I watched this movie Shadow by Zhang Yimou it was amazing but I was wondering what 'Madam' did in the end. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. He challenges Yang Cang to another round, but to the death. It is revealed that Commander Ziyu is in fact a man named Jingzhou; the real Ziyu was severely wounded in his past duel with Yang Cang and is recovering in a hidden cave in his residence, a shadow of his former self.

Shadow (Chinese: 影) is a 2018 Chinese wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. As Jingzhou reaches for the king's sword, Ziyu attempts to betray Jingzhou by stabbing him. At night, Jingzhou confesses his love for Xiao Ai, who had also been developing feelings for him.

or She see something from door? Qingping sacrifices her life to stab Yang Ping and allow Tian to topple the Yang flag, indicating recapture of the city. Jingzhou manages to stab Ziyu first. Cookies help us deliver our Services. During this time, Ziyu meets Tian and informs him of Jingzhou's existence and role. "Shadow," a tale of court intrigue sprinkled with giddy duels and scenes of armored soldiers clashing, isn't quite a return to form; Zhang's first two action pictures were so nearly miraculous that it's hard to imagine them being equalled.

Without access to troops after being stripped of their roles, Ziyu instructs Tian to train a hundred convicts in the umbrella technique in preparation for the recapture of Jingzhou.

She also cares for her husband, and despite the fact that he’s become this bitter, obsessive and tbh a bit crazy man - we get peeks of their strong relationship as well.

Her husband tried to kill the king, then tried to kill Jing; and then Jing managed to kill them both. The latter, raving and insane, orders Jingzhou to kill the king, claiming the king was the one who ordered the death of Jingzhou's mother.

The title starts off referring to a doppelgänger and ends up as a description of an artist working as a you-know-what of his former self. The flag falls onto the grounds of the duel. And it’s a good choice. I think the king knew that Ziyu had a desire to recapture Jing city no matter what, and would be making plans to that effect, and the king knew better than to understimate him, so he believed Jing city would be recaptured by ziyu's plan even w/o knowing specifics, and then after his plan succeeded he'd take out ziyu who was the most troublesome thing for him, even more so than jing city, and it appears the king ordered the killing of his mom, so that he doesn't have a reason to stay in Jing city, and goes back to Pei kingdom and pretends to be commander and plays a respectful servant to king, Ziyu killed Jing's mum and blamed it on the king.

Then he hears Jing yell at the men outside, assuming her husband’s identity for real/permanently this time, and she panics again and runs to the door - when she’s running I genuinely think she’s about to blurt out the truth.

Years ago, the kingdom of Pei lost the important city of Jingzhou to the kingdom of Yang after the popular and brilliant Commander Ziyu (Deng Chao) lost a duel to the infamously unbeatable Yang Cang (Hu Jun). Several Pei assassins surprise him in the house and try to kill him. Jingzhou, using the Pei kingdom's weaponized metal umbrella, is unsuccessful in his practice duels against Ziyu, who mimics Yang Cang's spear technique, much to Ziyu's increasing anger, quickly turning abusive and dismissive of Jingzhou. So at the end, she’s in shock and horror. He respects her counsel - even on how to fight; they are close enough and in tune enough that they have essentially a argument and resolution through a duet on the zither; she is genuinely distressed when she thinks his head is in that box.

Meanwhile, as the commander and Shi Liang connive to defeat the Yangs, the plot becomes complicated by the actions of the Commander’s wife Xiao’ai (Sun Li) and Shi Liang’s sister Qingping (Guan Xiaotong). Just then, a masked assassin enters the hall, carrying a box apparently containing Ziyu's head, to the horror of Xiao Ai.

Knowing that his son must have died, Yang Cang casts away his spear in fury to kill the fallen Jingzhou, but Jingzhou is able to slit Yang Cang's throat using a piece of his umbrella. Please tell me I want to know ( I think that she want to live her life with Jing that was why she stopped), Saw this explanation elsewhere....her hesitating at the door was the embodiment of one line at beginning of movie "madam faces the most difficult decision of her life".

[3] It was screened at the 75th Venice International Film Festival,[4] the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival,[5] and the 2018 BFI London Film Festival. The king offers to marry his beloved sister Qingping (Guan Xiaotong) to Yang Ca… Jingzhou then kills the king, and suffocates a grievously wounded Ziyu by placing the mask on him, framing him as the assassin Jingzhou exits the hall and declares to the gathered officials outside that the king has been assassinated.

Surprisingly, Jingzhou beats Yang Cang in the first round but is defeated in the next two rounds of the three-round match. Yang Ping makes an insulting counteroffer to take Qingping as a concubine, which the king accepts despite the disgust of Qingping and General Tian (Wang Qianyuan), who openly shows support for Ziyu and is consequently demoted by the king. It was released in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States in 2019.[1]. They sleep together, which Ziyu sees through a hole in the chamber wall.

[8], "Zhang Yimou's 'Shadow' Sells To Well Go USA For North America, UK, Oz/NZ", "Venice Fest Lineup Includes Coens, Luca Guadagnino and Alfonso Cuaron", "Toronto: Timothee Chalamet Starrer 'Beautiful Boy,' Dan Fogelman's 'Life Itself' Among Festival Lineup", "Zhang Yimou starts production on 'Shadow, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Shadow_(2018_film)&oldid=983736762, Articles containing Chinese-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 15 October 2020, at 23:22. While it does reach the heights of earlier Zhang, it hits its target and gives audiences a morality play with a brutal sense of humor. So the King knew the master plan of Ziyu and just waited till Jing city was captured to kill Ziyu so that he could hit two birds with one stone? New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, News & Discussion about Major Motion Pictures, Press J to jump to the feed.

As the time for the duel arrives, Jingzhou, in the place of Ziyu, travels on boat to the city of Jingzhou to take part. Below deck, however, are Tian and the hundred armed convicts. Tian and the convicts secretly swim to shore and enter the city while Yang Cang and other officials are preoccupied with the duel. The king also likely is not aware of Jing's mother's whereabouts whereas ziyu explicitly is and holds this over Jing as leverage.

However, the tides turn once Xiao Ai advises Jingzhou to fight in a more feminine style and embrace the umbrella's representation of yin (the concept of yin in Chinese philosophy is associated with darkness, water, and femininity), which would serve as a more effective counter to Yang Cang's spear, which represents yang (associated with light, fire, and masculinity). On the film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 94% based on 100 reviews and an average rating of 7.55/10. Ziyu promises to let Jingzhou return to his home and mother in the case that he is victorious over Yang Cang. The other general straight up says it at one point. So the King knew the master plan of Ziyu and just waited till Jing city was captured to kill Ziyu so that he could hit two birds with one stone? Xiao, the only other person who knows the truth, runs to the doors of the hall and then hesitates, unsure whether to reveal the truth to the officials.

Shadow isn’t a bad epic so much as a banal one. Jing gives her the pouch and she remembers a bit of who he was before.

Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Throughout the film, we the audience, gets hints that Jing is even more the Commander than the Commander was. The cowardly king of Pei (Zheng Kai) is enraged after discovering that Ziyu has challenged Yang Cang to a rematch without authorization and demotes Ziyu to commoner status despite the objection of other military officials. Shadow was celebrated by critics upon its release, with many praising its cinematography and set design. He reveals that he knew Jingzhou was a double for Ziyu all along and praises his loyalty and obedience, telling them that he has sent assassins to Ziyu's cave so that Jingzhou could permanently replace Ziyu. When she recoils from Jing initially, she is in shock and sees him as a monster. Years ago, the kingdom of Pei lost the important city of Jingzhou to the kingdom of Yang after the popular and brilliant Commander Ziyu (Deng Chao) lost a duel to the infamously unbeatable Yang Cang (Hu Jun). And he also says to Minister Lu that he knows that he was a spy. And he also says to Minister Lu that he knows that he was a spy. At the end The King of Pei says that he knew that Jing was a shadow for Ziyu all along. Jingzhou immediately makes his way to his childhood home, but finds his mother stabbed to death. The assassins are killed by an emissary who claims he represents the king. Jingzhou was secretly adopted for his uncanny resemblance to Ziyu and trained from childhood to be his "shadow"—to serve as his body double in the likely event that his life is threatened. I just watched it and have a few questions. The king offers to marry his beloved sister Qingping (Guan Xiaotong) to Yang Cang's son Yang Ping (Leo Wu) to maintain peace between the two kingdoms.

Shadow is a tremendously enjoyable movie, if slow to start. Deng Chao and Sun Li co-star in Zhang Yimou's martial arts period epic Shadow.The film's visual style is said to be inspired by traditional Chinese ink painting. When she recoils from Jing initially, she is in shock and sees him as a monster. The website's critical consensus reads, "Beautifully filmed and inventively choreographed, Shadow is a thrilling and visually sumptuous wuxia epic that finds director Zhang Yimou near peak form.

Jingzhou is forced to act as Ziyu's proxy in the public eye and must train to beat Yang Cang in his place while Ziyu plots the recapture of the city of Jingzhou and his own ascension to the throne from his cave. Yang Cang offers to call it a draw, but Jingzhou, seeing that the Yang flag has not yet toppled, needs to buy more time for Tian and the convicts. He really is not to blame for any of her husband or the King’s plotting, just finally stopped being a pawn, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the moviecritic community, A subreddit for movie reviews and discussions, Press J to jump to the feed. And that’s when I think she makes the decision to stay with Jing. So at the end, she’s in shock and horror. "[7] On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 81 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Then he hears Jing yell at the men outside, assuming her husband’s identity for real/permanently this time, and she panics … The assassin stabs the king, though not fatally, and removes his mask to reveal himself as Ziyu. She was hesitating to tell the official that 'Jing' (Shadow) killed the King and Commander but why was she hesitating? When the king opens the box, however, it is empty.

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Her husband tried to kill the king, then tried to kill Jing; and then Jing managed to kill them both. The cowardly king of Pei (Zheng Kai) is enraged after discovering that Ziyu has challenged Yang Cang to a rematch without authorization and demotes Ziyu to commoner status despite the objection of other military officials.

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