(This is The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang film review, which is a 2019 Chinese Fantasy movie that stars Jackie Chan)
Man, it’s been a while since we saw Jackie Chan acting in roles that do not involve himself in the police, gangster, kung fu master or a revenger role. However, one thing that never changes is still his affinity to the comedic role, which is what this movie is mostly about. TKSBYY is a film that is created for the Chinese New Year festive period and it shows in its premise that is family friendly and filled with Chinese traditions and customs and stories. It is directed by Vash, and stars Jackie Chan, Elane Zhong and Ethan Juan in this demon hunting movie. Without further ado, let’s delve down into The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang film review below!
When a famous Demon Hunter needs to track down a powerful demon that has formed from a human falling in love with a demon, he engages the help of a clumsy yet eager guardsman and a plethora of friendly monsters. However, the task seems to be more complicated than it seems, could he manage to fulfill the mission successfully and save the semi-demon before she turns into an evil demon permanently?
The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang Film Review
Right away, seeing that this movie is released during the Chinese New Year period, which many movies from the region tries to because it usually attracts the biggest audience, we can tell what kind of movie it is. From its premise, it’s something pretty cliché, where a demon hunter has to subdue a demon born out of love between the taboo relationship of human x demon. Honestly, the movie is pretty predictable and follows almost the same formula shared by many movies in this genre. The comedy is light-hearted and I laugh at some of them, and they are family friendly too, so I would sometimes hear waves of laughter from a few clusters in the cinema.
With that said, the CGI and graphics are particularly impressive as I see some quite noticeable improvements in the special effects, seeing that this is a Chinese movie. The details and the animation are one of the better ones I have seen as well, and I applaud the production for this. Pacing wise, it’s alright as the action scenes are aplenty but are also superseded with some quiet moments, flashbacks and also a more epic finale. All in all, the formula still works despite being rehashed for years.
The characters are pretty interesting though can be stereotypical. We have Jackie Chan as the master demon hunter who is very powerful but always act aloof or relaxed. Then we have his student who is clumsy and serves mostly as the comedic role. What I like the most are the several friendly demons that are actually unique in their appearances and personalities. For once, some of the demons are not typical looking and actually serves more than some minor forgettable roles. The antagonists are alright too, but is another cliché femme fatale type, but this one is filled with more backstory and slightly touching story.
Lastly, the soundtrack is decent with some singings and a dose of Chinese instruments sprinkled with bits of an orchestra. They complement the action scenes and the romantic scenes quite well to give the ‘Chinese’ feel to the premise and the story world. Sadly, most of them don’t stand out.