John Woo’s Asian epic, “Red Cliff” is one of my most anticipated films of 2008. Of all the Chinese historical epics currently coming out (and yes, there are a lot of them, more than I’ve ever seen in decades), “Red Cliff” is at the very top of my list for one reason: John Woo. This is his return to Hong Kong filmmaking, to the proving grounds, and with the help of a big Hollywood-type budget, how could he not make a great movie? Okay, so big budgets don’t necessarily translate into great films, but one can hope. Anyways, here are some character posters for the movie that were shown at the Hong Kong Filmart.
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, Takeshi Kaneshiro, and a bunch of other people I’ve never heard of. Not that it matters. The only name that matters is the one underneath “Director”, and that’s John Woo.