CMC Pictures has released the official English trailer for director Zhang Yimou’s (RAISE THE RED LANTERN, THE GREAT WALL, SHADOW) historical spy thriller CLIFF WALKERS, which will be released in theaters on April 30, 2021.
CLIFF WALKERS follows four Chinese special agents who embark on a secret mission in the 1930s puppet state of Manchukuo. After being sold out by a traitor, the team find themselves surrounded by threats on all sides. CLIFF WALKERS stars Zhang Yi (OPERATION RED SEA), Yu Hewei (I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY), Qin Hailu (THE PLUTO MOMENT) and Zhu Yawen (THE CAPTAIN, THE WITNESS).
While CLIFF WALKERS marks acclaimed director Zhang Yimou’s first foray into the spy genre, Yimou has amassed international acclaim and multiple Oscar nominations over his more than 40-year-long career. His 1990 film JU DOU was the first ever Chinese film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and his 2002 martial arts film HERO debuted at #1 at the U.S. box office upon release and was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Yimou also directed the internationally acclaimed opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. More recently, he helmed the action blockbuster THE GREAT WALL starring Matt Damon as well as recent critically acclaimed fan favorite, SHADOW. From his nuanced dramas exploring Chinese culture and history to his high-budget martial arts films, the director has received consistent praise for his use of vivid color, striking cinematography and balance of epic storytelling and personal stakes.
CLIFF WALKERS will be released in U.S. and international theaters on April 30, 2021.
SYNOPSIS: Based on the script by Quan Yongxian, CLIFF WALKERS is director Zhang Yimou’s first foray into the spy genre. Set the puppet state of Manchukuo in the 1930s, the film follows four Communist party special agents who return to China after receiving training in the Soviet Union. Together, they embark on a secret mission code-named “Utrennya.” After being sold out by a traitor, the team find themselves surrounded by threats on all sides from the moment they parachute into the mission. Will the agents break the impasse and complete their mission? On the snowy grounds of Manchukuo, the team will be tested to their limit.