The Climbers (2019 film)

The Climbers (Chinese: 攀登者) is a 2019 Chinese adventure drama film directed by Daniel Lee and written by Alai.[3] The film stars Wu Jing, Zhang Ziyi, Zhang Yi, Jing Boran, and Hu Ge.[4] The film tells the real-life expedition of two generations of Chinese mountaineers to ascend Mount Everest from the perilous north side in 1960 and 1975.[5] The film released in China, the United Kingdom and North America on September 30, 2019.

The Climbers
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Theatrical release poster
Hanyu PinyinPāndēngzhě
Directed byDaniel Lee
Written byAlai
Daniel Lee
Produced byTsui Hark
Susanna Tsang
StarringWu Jing
Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Yi
Jing Boran
Hu Ge
CinematographyTony Cheung
Chow Chi-fai
Sunny Tsang
Mike Lau
Edited byLi Lin
Jack Tang
Music byHenry Lai
Distributed byShanghai Film Co.,Ltd.
Release date
  • 30 September 2019 (2019-09-30)
Running time
125 minutes
Box office$174 million[1][2]



Before the film was filmed, actor Wu Jing conducted a half-month cold tolerance training in Mount Gangshka, Menyuan Hui Autonomous County, Qinghai Province.[7]

Production started in February 2019 and ended in late April 2019. Most of the film was shot on location in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

On February 16, 2019, actress Zhang Ziyi announced on Sina Weibo that Wu Jing, Zhang Yi, Jing Boran and He Lin had joined the cast.[8] On March 1, Hu Ge and Jackie Chan joined the cast, and Zhang Ziyi would play a meteorologist.[7]


The first poster was released on August 29, 2019, and the first official trailer was released on September 10, 2019. The film premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2019, and it was slated for release in China, the UK and North America on September 30, 2019.[3][9]


The Climbers grossed about 400 million yuan on its third day of screening.[10] The film earned more than 761 million yuan on its opening weekend.[11] The film's overall rating on Douban was a 6.5 out of 10 as of October 2019.[12]


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  3. ^ a b Xu Wei (28 September 2019). "'The Climbers' premieres at Shanghai Film Art Center". Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  4. ^ Alex Billington (26 September 2019). "Jackie Chan & Zhang Ziyi in Epic Everest Film 'The Climbers' Trailer". firstshowing. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  5. ^ ""The Climbers" on recommendation list of key movies for PRC anniversary celebrations". xinhuanet. 29 September 2019. Archived from the original on September 29, 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  6. ^ "The Chinese Mountain Climbers". 13 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b 吴京珠峰题材电影《攀登者》阵容曝光 成龙章子怡加盟. ifeng (in Chinese). 1 March 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  8. ^ 章子怡宣布新戏《攀登者》开拍 吴京井柏然等参演. sina (in Chinese). 17 February 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  9. ^ Liz Shackleton (26 September 2019). "Trinity Cineasia acquires 'The Climbers' for multiple territories". Screen Daily. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  10. ^ Chen Shaojie (陈少杰) (2 October 2019). 《攀登者》票房破4亿 吴京领衔攀登天团又燃又炸. (in Chinese). Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  11. ^ 上海电影公布《攀登者》票房 7日累计收入7.61亿元. sina (in Chinese). 7 October 2019. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  12. ^ Clarence Tsui (2019-10-23). "In China, what people think and what they say can be two different things, as these film figures show". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2022-10-30.

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