Friday, September 2, 2011

Red Cliff (2008)

Adapted in part from the beloved Chinese tome Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Red Cliff opens in the year 208 A.D., just as prime minister-turned-general Cao Cao seeks permission from Han Dynasty emperor Xian to organize a southward-bound mission designed to silence troublesome warlords Liu Bei and Sun Quan. As the expedition gets under way, Cao Cao's troops rain destruction on Liu Bei's army, forcing the latter to retreat and convincing Liu Bei's military strategist Zhuge Liang that their only hope for victory is to form an alliance with Sun Quan. Increasingly aware of the monumental struggle ahead, both sides begin preparing for the battle that will ultimately shape the future of an entire nation.

Director: John Woo
Writers: John Woo and Khan Chan
Stars: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Fengyi Zhang
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