First Look at John Woo’s Red Cliff

It’s been ages since I heard anything remotely new about John Woo’s upcoming historical epic “The Battle of Red Cliff”, the title of which has since been shortened to just “Red Cliff”, which doesn’t sound nearly as cool as the original title. The guys over at TwitchFilm noted that China’s CCTV had recently visited the set, and are now hosting clips from it. A trip to YouTube, though, came up with this video clip of the “Red Cliff” set visit. I’m not sure if it’s the same one hosted over at, but you can see for yourselves.

In the early third century, the land of Wu is invaded by the warlord Cao Cao and his million soldiers. The ruler of Wu, Sun Quan, calls on the rival warlord Liu Bei for help, but their two armies are still badly outnumbered. However, the Wu strategist Zhou Yu sees that Cao Cao’s army is unused to battling on the sea, which may just give them a chance if they can exploit this weakness properly.

Starring Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Vicki Zhao, and Koyuki, and directed by John Woo.