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The Climbers (2019)

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Based on a true story from award winning director Daniel Lee (Three Kingdoms, 14 Blades), featuring China's biggest stars Wu Jing (Wandering Earth, Wolf Warrior 2) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Grandmaster), and with a special guest appearance from superstar Jackie Chan. THE CLIMBERS is a cinematic retelling of the first Chinese climbers to summit Mount Everest -- the first ever to do so from the North Ridge. Well-known as the most challenging side of the mountain, the perilous journey takes its toll on the mountaineers, physically and mentally, forcing them to make life or death decisions at every turn.

Cast

Ziyi Zhang
as Xu Ying
Yi Zhang
as Qu Songlin
Jing Boran
as Li Gouliang
Jackie Chan
as Xia Boyu (Old)
Ge Hu
as Yang Guang
Long Chen
as Lin Xie
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Critic Reviews for The Climbers

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Lee balances vertiginous, windswept set-pieces with satisfying character beats.

October 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Impressive sound design, which makes every carabiner clink and boulder impact seem monumental, and Lee's skilled use of close-up photography (combined with fast-cut montage editing) make The Climbers worth seeing on a big screen.

October 1, 2019 | Full Review…
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None of the relationships transcend narrative function, and so death, rage and reconciliations ring hollow.

October 1, 2019 | Full Review…

While emphasizing spectacle over substance, this true-life adventure about Chinese mountaineers trying to climb Mount Everest is only sporadically stirring.

October 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The Climbers had the potential to be a gripping drama-thriller and project China's soft power while doing so, but instead the overt focus on fighting for national pride makes the film a flop.

October 1, 2019 | Full Review…

This account of the Chinese Mount Everest expeditions in 1960 and 1975 is a nationalistic spectacle that, curiously, often also allows personal sentiment to get in the way of the greater good.

October 1, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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