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Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Chow Yun Fat
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The Battle of Red Cliff (directed by John Woo)

Release: 2008


- Tony Leung orignally was given the role of Zhuge Liang but left, later returning as Zhou Yu

- Chow Yun Fat orignally was given the role of Zhou Yu but left, later returning as Huang Gai


Tony Leung as General Zhou Yu, the chief strategist of the Kingdom of Wu


Takeshi Kaneshiro as Zhuge Liang, chief military strategist of the Kingdom of Shu


Chow Yun Fat as General Huang Gai


Chiling Lin as Xiao Qiao, wife of General Zhou Yu


Zhao Wei as Sun Shangxiang, the younger sister of Sun Quan who married Liu Bei


Chen Chang as Sun Quan, first emperor of the Kingdom of Wu


The film is based on events during the Three Kingdoms period in Ancient China, specifically the Battle of Red Cliffs. Director John Woo said in an interview with CCTV-6 that the film will use primarily the historical record Chronicle of the Three Kingdoms as a blueprint, rather than the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. As such, traditionally vilified characters such as Cao Cao and Zhou Yu will be given a more historically accurate treatment in the film. The movie will be filmed in Hebei, China and is expected to be released sometime in early 2008, and will be used to help promote the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

The movie will be a co-production between China's state-owned China Film Group and Woo's Los Angeles-based Lion Rock Productions. With an estimated budget of US$80 million, The Battle of Red Cliff is the most expensive Asian-financed film to date

On the set (secretly taken photos: Takeshi as Zhuge Liang/i]




taking a break from a war scene



"Red Cliff" Press Conference

John Woo, the director


The cast








On the set of the film











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Guest TheTricycle

I recently watched some other short movies and deleted films with Chen Chang. He is a good actor. Oh and of course, Tony Leung is awesome.

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it would be interesting to see how it plays out on film for the huge height difference b/t tony leung and lin zhi ling.

thats a very minor problem for a director

if they can make hobbits in LOTR, this is nothing to them ;)

their height difference isnt that big anywya, from the pictures ive seen of them standing besides each other

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Guest cjgohan2003

Romance of the three kingdoms? Tony Leung? Shoot, I'm alreay sold. :lol:

Haven't seen many HK films lately, hmm.

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Guest sweet_pai

ooo sounds like a cool movie, although Takeshi as Zhou Yu would of been cooler and probably hot, but I dunno.

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Guest eviltofu

yea, the movie is coming out in the next few days, but only the first part. The 2nd part will be out after the olympic games.

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I WATCHED THIS MOVIE! and i think me and my friend were the only non-chinese in the cinema. lol lol.

ITS FRIGGIN AWESOME! really i didnt expect it to be this great. cause i thought it'd be some boring epic war movie.

BUT BOY WAS IT EPIK! :DD & yesh there were so many sad touching scenes that made me cry >.<

i didnt know that they were only showing part1. "to be continued..

me and my friend were like.. WUUUUT?! BUT WHYYY!? cause we were like anticipating the war -.-

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Guest jihye87

I watched it a few days ago .. Awesome cinematography .. but the storyline wasn't exactly following history .. Takeshi Kaneshiro is toooo tooooo handsome and cool for Zhuge Liang but he was really good at portraying the character .. Chang Chen was great too as Sun Quan, the king that's griping with conflicts within himself.

I still can't get myself to believe Lin Chiling was Xiao Qiao.. She sounds too modern for someone from Han Dynasty. Hahaha .. But she did put in effort I guess .. I love Zhao Wei's character too .. She's so tomboyish yet cute as Sun Shang Xiang. And I like Hu Jun too. :D

Looking forward to the second/concluding part. :)

Special trailer which I thought was good.


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Guest paulinee

Gosh I can't stand Zi Ling Zhang. I mean, it's just me, but she seems so fake in all of her interviews. GOSH why her? Sorry, I just needed to get that out.

I love Zao Wei!

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Guest Swtess

The special trailer looks so good!! I really want to see it now!

Guess gotta go make a trip to Pacific soon lol

Tony and Takeshi are a good duo and great actors, not much of a fan of Zhao Wei though.

I really don't think she's that great of an actress that everyone says she is. Still looking forward to her role though

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Guest Kylie Nomiko

I watched this movie last Monday and I got to say, this is an awesome movie!

I didnt expect it to be so funny.. Some people will probably say that the lines were lame but I thought they were amusing and added to the plus-es of the movie. :D I didnt expect historic movie to be funny.

I love the fighting scene, though bloody at times. I would still prefer Tony Leung as Zhuge Liang, but I guess it's alright. :)

So looking forward to part 2~~ ^^*

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Guest MissDoeEyes

I really want to watch this movie but I'm going to have to wait until next year probably. T_T I have to wait for super edited/cut 2 1/2 hour version that's going to be released in the U.S...I'd rather watch the 4 hour version though.

AP Review: John Woo restores credibility to Chinese epics with 'Red Cliff' (The Associated Press : July 8, 2008 )

HONG KONG: A true epic needs more than the grandeur of its landscapes, the lavishness of its sets and the sheer manpower of its battle scenes: It needs a truly epic story.

John Woo displays the crucial distinction in the magnificently told "Red Cliff," the Hong Kong director's triumphant return to Chinese film after 16 years in Hollywood.

Using old-fashioned good storytelling, "Red Cliff" restores credibility to the genre of Chinese historical epics that have often been tainted by pointlessly large-scaled and action-packed productions.

Woo is helped by a wealth of source material. "Red Cliff" is based on a storied historical period that has inspired video games and comic books — third-century prime minister Cao Cao's quest to unite a divided China.

But the director breathes new life into Cao and the colorful cast of characters that oppose him.

There's the ruthless and arrogant Cao, who dishes out beheading orders casually and lusts after the wife of one of the resistance fighters; his main rival, the avuncular Liu Bei, who despite Cao's invasion still finds time to weave grass shoes; Liu's pudgy and hotheaded lieutenant Zhang Fei, who never hesitates to speak his mind.

Liu's ally, Sun Quan, is a young ruler who struggles to find his confidence living under the shadow of his accomplished late brother and father.

Woo takes the time to introduce anecdotes that define each character. The epic battle scenes involving scores of extras and enhanced by special effects are still there — including a complex fight centered on a maze-like military formation — but most of "Red Cliff" is spent filling out the rich cast of characters.

The director is so keen on building an epic story that he even leaves the final showdown between the two sides to a second installment. "Red Cliff," which will be released in Asia this month, is the first part. The sequel will be released in December.

Woo's grand narrative justifies the two-parter. In "Red Cliff," he paints such a delightful ensemble of characters and sets up such a sharp contrast between the two opposing sides, bracing the audience for a titanic battle between Good and Evil in the sequel.

The outstanding storytelling and character building is reminiscent of "Star Wars." The story feels similarly epic; the characters similarly funky. Interestingly, the English subtitles cast Liu's side as the "rebels" and their opponents as the "empire" — the same terminology used in George Lucas' legendary sci-fi series.

And Woo injects humor and a modern sensibility into his characters, removing any feeling that these are outdated personalities hundreds of years old.

Taiwanese-Japanese heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro brings youthful playfulness and sarcasm to the role of Liu's famed military strategist, Zhuge Liang. At first glance, Kaneshiro lacks the gravitas to carry such an esteemed character in Chinese history, but he gives the character a unique, refreshing interpretation.

But the biggest surprise in the cast is Chinese actress Zhao Wei, who steals the show with her portrayal of Sun's spunky tomboy sister Sun Shangxiang, frustrated that her military ambitions are dismissed by the men around her.

With "Red Cliff," Woo shows he's still a masterful director to be reckoned with.

It's a feat made all the more outstanding by the difficulties he faced in the production. Two major stars — Chow Yun-fat and Cannes best actor winner Tony Leung Chiu-wai — dropped out at the last minute, although Leung later rejoined the cast. A stuntman died in an accident and torrential rains washed away part of an outdoor set in northern China.

It's unclear, however, if Woo's story can win over non-Asian audiences who are less familiar with the Chinese history. He is releasing a condensed, one-installment version in international markets. It remains to be seen if the abbreviated story will lose the character development and nuances that enabled "Red Cliff" to shine.

Source: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/07/08/...w-Red-Cliff.php

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