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My View of China- Recommended Film “Red Cliff”

Sep. 7, 2018

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Red Cliff is the site of the most famous military feat in Chinese history – Battle of Red Cliff, but the phrase refers to the first film to re-create the 208 A.D. Battle.

However, the functional script has dismantled much of the original story’s dramatic intricacies and character complexities, and then reassembled it into three-act structure easy for you to follow.

Meanwhile, Woo’s signature themes as male bonding and David-and-Goliath face-offs still drive the action. Moreover, production and costume designer Tim Yip goes for historical accuracy and creates a period look that is imperious and dignified.

Made on a budget of US$80 million, Red Cliff named after the battle site, is also the most expensive Chinese-language picture ever mounted. With a cast of reputedly a million soldiers as well as stars from Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan, this is hailed as John Woo’s “homecoming” after his Hollywood tenure.

Seeing as the close to two-and-a-half-hour long epic, its 140-minute first half just opened across major Asian territories. The Part 1 opens with ambitious Prime Minister Cao Cao browbeating the emperor of Han into authorizing a campaign to crush his enemies, Liu Bei and Sun Quan in their southern strongholds.

Besides action scenes, Woo also designs the character interaction, focusing on Liu’s strategist Zhu-ge Liang persuasion of Sun Qun to ally with Liu and his elaborately built-up meeting with Sun’s viceroy, Zhou Yu. The men’s chemistry flickers but does not sparkle.

Seeing as the close to two-and-a-half-hour long epic, its 140-minute first half just opened across major Asian territories. The Part 1 opens with ambitious Prime Minister Cao Cao browbeating the emperor of Han into authorizing a campaign to crush his enemies, Liu Bei and Sun Quan in their southern strongholds.

Besides action scenes, Woo also designs the character interaction, focusing on Liu’s strategist Zhu-ge Liang persuasion of Sun Qun to ally with Liu and his elaborately built-up meeting with Sun’s viceroy, Zhou Yu. The men’s chemistry flickers but does not sparkle.

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