"The Emperor's Shadow"
Directed by Zhou Xiaowen
A sweeping and
sensuous historical drama, following the first emperor of China and his
personal conflict with a boyhood friend who refuses an order to compose an
anthem to celebrate the unification of the nation. Contrasting the rise of
the empire with this private dilemma, the film beautifully illustrates the
eternal battle between the artist and the state. "...deliciously
nuanced, intelligent and enlightening...a riveting picture of barbaric yet
occasionally transcendent life" (Peter Stack, San Francisco
Chronicle). Mandarin with English subtitles.