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Movie on Chinese Qomolangma climbers to premiere in autumn

2019-06-23 09:47:38        xinhua

A film telling the stories of Chinese mountain climbers scaling Qomolangma, the world's highest mountain, is scheduled to hit the big screens in China on Sept. 30.

Produced by Hong Kong director Daniel Lee, The Climbers was adapted from the experiences of a Chinese mountaineering team. It stars Wu Jing, a famous Chinese director and actor (Wolf Warrior, The Wandering Earth) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

The film crew were invited to the red carpet at the ongoing 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival, which kicked off on June 15.

Together with the crew at the festival was a special guest Xia Boyu, the first Chinese double amputee to scale Qomolangma.

As a member of the Chinese mountaineering team, Xia lost his lower legs in 1975 due to frostbite when trying to reach the summit of Qomolangma. However, he did not give up and finally made it on his fifth attempt, on May 14, 2018.

He won the Laureus Best Sporting Moment of the Year this February.

"I've heard of this movie since last year and I expect to watch it and hope it a big success," Xia said.

Without knowing the details, Xia said the film would display the spirit of teamwork and never giving up.

"It is hard to make such a film, but reaching the peak is even harder in reality," Xia said.

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