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Int’l Critics Line: Anna Smith On Zhang Yimou’s ‘Cliff Walkers’

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Director Zhang Yimou returns to theaters this weekend with Cliff Walkers, an espionage thriller set in 1930s China. It’s a change of tone for the director of Shadow, House Of Flying Daggers and Hero, who also helmed Matt Damon-starrer The Great Wall in 2016.It’s a plot that manages to be both simple and convoluted.

The mysterious mission itself isn’t especially involving, but the agents’ attempts to complete it involve an almost exhausting amount of double crossing.

Unlike spy films like Red Sparrow, that focus on one or two protagonists, this is almost too democratic in the multiple agents it follows — there’s no time to develop any of their characters fully.

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