Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ to close 2018 IFFAM

'Shadow', by critically acclaimed Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, will close the 2018 International Film Festival & Awards Macao on Dec. 14, 2018.

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Shadow, by critically acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (The Great Wall), will close the 3rd International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) on December 14.

Zhang’s Shadow is a reimagining of the classic Three Kingdoms: Jingzhou, an epic tale about an ambitious and powerful king fighting to reclaim his homeland. The historical film is a co-venture between Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Le Vision Pictures.


Zhang is a highly regarded film director in China, known for his sweeping historical action films. A former cinematographer, Zhang made his directorial debut in 1987 with the movie adaptation of Red Sorghum Clan by Nobel prize winner Mo Yan.

Zhang went on to become an award-winning director and his films have been recognized by numerous prestigious film festivals, such as the Cannes, Berlin, and Venice Film Festival, and has been China’s foreign-language Oscar contender.

In 2008, Zhang directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, which received global acclaim. Zhang’s highest-budgeted film to date is the Matt Damon-starrer The Great Wall, a 2016 monster flick that grossed $328 million worldwide.


Zhang’s latest film Shadow begun production in March 2017 and was recently honored with four awards at this year’s Golden Horse Awards, including Best Director for Zhang Yimou.

“We feel greatly honored by the International Film Festival & Awards Macao’s selection of Shadow as this year’s closing film. Shadow’s closing-film screening on December 14 will mark its first presentation to audiences in Macao and Hong Kong, where it will release in early 2019,” Ellen Eliasoph, CEO of Shadow’s co-presenting company Perfect Village and the film’s lead producer stated.

“We hope the audience will enjoy the unique ‘Chinese inkbrush painting’ style of Director Zhang Yimou, working with his wonderful cast and crew, created for the telling of a story full of mystery and ambiguity — a story in which nothing is purely black or white,” Eliasoph added.

Shadow, which also screened at the 75th Venice International Film Festival and at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, stars Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Wang Qianyuan, Hu Jun, Guan Xiaotong, Leo Wu and Wang Jingchun, and is currently at 98% in Rotten Tomatoes.

Mike Goodridge, Artistic Director of the IFFAM, comments: “Shadow is a visually extraordinary film, which will have audiences agape at the spectacle on show. It is also a riveting story of intrigue and deception set in the court of an ancient kingdom.”

According to Goodridge, Zhang’s latest film reminds us how “unrivaled a cinematic storyteller” Zhang Yimou is.

“We feel it is the perfect film with which to close our festival. We thank director Zhang, Ellen and the whole Shadow team for granting us the privilege of premiering this film in the Macao/Hong Kong territory,” Goodridge added.

The 3rd International Film Festival & Awards • Macao runs from December 8-14, 2018

For more information, please visit the IFFAM official website.

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