‘Cliff Walkers’ Trailer: Zhang Yimou’s First Spy Thriller Hits Theaters This Month

It’s always exciting when Chinese director Zhang Yimou has a new film in the works, and fortunately for us he’s been rather prolific of late. So we didn’t have to wait long for his next one, the spy thriller Cliff Walkers, which has just debuted its trailer ahead of a stateside release later this month.

Formerly-titled Impasse, Yimou’s first spy movie “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.” The cast is led by Zhang Yi, Yu Hewei, Qin Hailu, and Zhu Yawen.

Yimou is probably best known internationally for acclaimed films such as Hero, House of Flying Daggers, and Curse of the Golden Flower. His first major Hollywood effort came a few years ago with The Great Wall, which he followed up with the amazing wuxia film Shadow. His films are colorful, and balance high-flying action with high-stakes drama, so it’ll be interesting to see how he does in a completely different genre.

Cliff Walkers arrives in theaters on April 30th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.