Set during China’s Three Kingdom’s era (AD 220-280).
Shadow (Vo Anh) story is about of a great king and his people, who will be expelled from their homeland and will aspire to claim it.
The king, violent and ambitious, of mysterious methods and motives; his general, a visionary who yearns to win the final battle but needs to prepare his plans in secret; the women of the palace, who struggle to find redemption in a world where they have no place; and a commoner called “Lord of all the world”, will be the characters around who turn the inexorable forces of this story. Stars: Chao Deng, Li Sun (Ton Le) , Ryan Zheng.
Aesthetically, this is one of the most artful films I’ve ever seen. Each shot is gorgeously crafted; the costumes, the set pieces, the battle sequences.
If only the plot hadn’t worn away at the positives. One or two ending twists is fine, but they shoved in so many redirections at the end, trying desperately to outmaneuver the audience, that the film (phim vo thuat 2021) devolves into indiscernible ridiculousness. I had high hopes for this one, and it could have lived up to them given the artful qualities. But it unfortunately fell short.
Still worth a watch, but don’t expect a storytelling masterpiece.