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The Emperor's Shadow

  • Film

Time Out says

Although designed and staged on a fairly spectacular scale, this Qin Dynasty epic is at heart a chamber tragedy centred on the love-hate bond between Ying Zheng, China's first emperor, and his one-time blood brother, a musician named Gao Jianli. The unapologetic modernity of Jiang Wen's great performance as the emperor suggests that Zhou Xiaowen is less concerned with history than with present-day relations between the artist and the Chinese state. But the film feels more like an aesthetic adventure than a political commentary, and Zhou (director of Ermo) makes it all the more extraordinary by stressing the homo-erotic feelings which run just beneath the surface of the central relationship.
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Release Details

  • Duration:116 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Zhou Xiaowen
  • Screenwriter:Lu Wei
  • Cast:
    • Jiang Wen
    • Ge You
    • Xu Qing
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