Everything that distinguished director Zhang Yimou’s famed opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics feels either lacking or missing altogether here.
Ryan Swen is a freelance film critic and a cinema and media studies MA candidate at the University of Southern California. He co-hosts the podcast Catalyst and Witness and is a staff writer at Seattle Screen Scene.
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