John Woo’s “Red Cliff” (formerly “The Battle of Red Cliff”) is sure getting the worst of it. There are reports that the movie is over budget, running behind schedule, and actors have walked off the set, walked on, then walked off the set again. And more recently, bad news in the form of a dead stuntman has put a black cloud over the production. But hey, all that may be true, but are they going to keep you from seeing John Woo finally do what we’ve always thought he would be really good at — an epic, period Chinese martial arts movie? Probably not. New character posters for the movie below.
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.
Starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Wei Zhao, Chen Chang, and directed by John Woo.
Release dates for the film aren’t exactly stable, but a 2008 release is probably a sure bet. Maybe.
Images are from Sohu.com. (Thanks to Jackie for the heads up.)