Life and intrigue in an ancient Chinese court. Inspired both by ink brush painting and the tai chi symbol (more commonly known in the West as the yin-yang symbol), the story is a pretty meditation on the notion of twinning and opposites. “The convolutions of court intrigue are head-spinning enough. Once the action scenes begin, though, they bring with them a new level of exhilaration. Just when you believe the movie can’t get any crazier, it does, interrupting the gray world with shocks of dark red.” (Glenn Kenny, NYT). Directed by Yimou Zhang.