The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).
In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime Minister, himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu formed an unlikely alliance. Numerous battles of strength and wit ensued, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the battle of Red Cliff. During the battle, two thousand ships were burned, and the course of Chinese history was changed forever.
I'm reviewing the two movies as one since director John Woo originally intended to release them as a very long epic.
It's too bad Western audiences will only know John Woo from his American movies like Broken Arrow and Face/Off. He's capable of so much more and this movie (Red Cliff 1 and 2) show his true talents on display.
The story is very captivating showing the struggles between the three different kingdoms ruling China. The ruling emperor is weak and controlled by the prime minister who himself has lofty ambitions of one day ruling China himself. However two smaller, weaker kingdoms to the south stand in his way. The movie focuses on the struggle between the two sides and amongst the three kingdoms.
I don't want to give too many details away but some of the best parts of the movie involve the planning by the armies. The movie has some really epic battle scenes and is not overly encumbered by the fake CGI stuff that we so often see.
The characters are brilliantly played by the main leads. if there's any soft spots it's the actress playing the wife of Tony Leung, who looks so much younger than he. Although she is undeniably beautiful but her face seems to hold only two different expressions.
Other than that minor flaw, I cannot recommend this movie enough. Find the non-condensed version if you can. Epic. The most expensive film made in China. Veteran director John Woo taps Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Lust, Caution; Infernal Affairs) to lead a film about a battle that occurred in the 2nd Century. He is ably supported by Wei Zhao (So Close) and Jun Hu (Infernal Affairs II), both of whom will be in the forthcoming remake of Mulan.
There will be blood, lots of it, as the film is wall to wall action.
It goes without saying that a film such as this will feature outstanding cinematography, sets and music, but I will say it anyway.
A motley crew of 30,000 takes on a mighty army of 800.000. A small number of ships against a mighty armada. The battles were massive and exciting. The love of one woman inspired both sides.
John Woo has created a stirring film for the ages. The spectacular battle scenes are the engorged heart of the delirious adventure. But Woo also gets maximum romantic value from Tony Leung as a war hero married to Chiling Lin as the tea-pouring beauty. The original Hong Kong Version of the first movie runs approx. 145 minutes, the complete International Version 143 minutes. One can do the math. Approx. 50 percent of each movie were cut out. a5c7b9f00b
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