Japanese Trailer for John Woo’s Red Cliff

John Woo’s return to his Hong Kong roots with the Chinese martial arts epic “Red Cliff” seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle of a host of other Chinese martial arts epics that will be flooding theaters in 2008 alone. Seriously, what are they drinking over there that they’ve all decided to go the big-budget epic route at pretty much the same time? They’re going to kill the genre, for sure. But hey, while they’re at it, here’s the Japanese trailer for John Woo’s stab at epic moviemaking — “Red Cliff”, formerly called “The Battle of Red Cliff”.

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.

I liked the Chinese trailer released a while back better.



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  • Jordan

    There is not such thing as Kingdom of Xu. The correct romanization is Kingdom of Shu.

  • Jordan

    There is not such thing as Kingdom of Xu. The correct romanization is Kingdom of Shu.

    • wanderer

      There was a Kingdom of Xu. After Liu Bei conquered the emperor of Xu province, Liu Bei renamed it Shu. But that happened after the battle of Red Cliffs. In America the battle is refered to The battle of Chi Bi, at least that is in the Dynasty Warriors series of games from Koei.

      The three provinces are also called Gi, Gu, and Shokyu, but in english they are Wei, Wu, and Shu, respectively.

    • wanderer

      There was a Kingdom of Xu. After Liu Bei conquered the emperor of Xu province, Liu Bei renamed it Shu. But that happened after the battle of Red Cliffs. In America the battle is refered to The battle of Chi Bi, at least that is in the Dynasty Warriors series of games from Koei.

      The three provinces are also called Gi, Gu, and Shokyu, but in english they are Wei, Wu, and Shu, respectively.

  • Jordan

    There is not such thing as Kingdom of Xu. The correct romanization is Kingdom of Shu.

    • wanderer

      There was a Kingdom of Xu. After Liu Bei conquered the emperor of Xu province, Liu Bei renamed it Shu. But that happened after the battle of Red Cliffs. In America the battle is refered to The battle of Chi Bi, at least that is in the Dynasty Warriors series of games from Koei.

      The three provinces are also called Gi, Gu, and Shokyu, but in english they are Wei, Wu, and Shu, respectively.

  • calvin

    this movie isnt about martial arts…its a war movie.

  • calvin

    this movie isnt about martial arts…its a war movie.

  • calvin

    this movie isnt about martial arts…its a war movie.

  • HISTORY

    The battle scenes really weren’t very historically accurate…the formations are exaggerated, and the soldiers break formation/start barbarian brawling…

    This movie contains anachronistic armor…the armor they’re wearing is more of the late Warring States/Early Western Han Dynasty Era. (especially that leather helmet so many of them are seen wearing) Furthermore, it makes no sense that they would wear armor but not carry a shield…

    In addition, the movie makes no mention of crossbows or heavy cavalry (medium cavalry is what’s seen in the movie).

    By the Han Dynasty, their army composition was composed of 1/3 heavy & light melee infantry, 1/3 crossbow/archers/skirmishers, and 1/3 light/medium/heavy cavalry. The development of heavy cavalry – heavy lancers with armored horses was crucial in bringing an end to the 3 kingdoms era.

  • HISTORY

    The battle scenes really weren’t very historically accurate…the formations are exaggerated, and the soldiers break formation/start barbarian brawling…

    This movie contains anachronistic armor…the armor they’re wearing is more of the late Warring States/Early Western Han Dynasty Era. (especially that leather helmet so many of them are seen wearing) Furthermore, it makes no sense that they would wear armor but not carry a shield…

    In addition, the movie makes no mention of crossbows or heavy cavalry (medium cavalry is what’s seen in the movie).

    By the Han Dynasty, their army composition was composed of 1/3 heavy & light melee infantry, 1/3 crossbow/archers/skirmishers, and 1/3 light/medium/heavy cavalry. The development of heavy cavalry – heavy lancers with armored horses was crucial in bringing an end to the 3 kingdoms era.

  • HISTORY

    The battle scenes really weren’t very historically accurate…the formations are exaggerated, and the soldiers break formation/start barbarian brawling…

    This movie contains anachronistic armor…the armor they’re wearing is more of the late Warring States/Early Western Han Dynasty Era. (especially that leather helmet so many of them are seen wearing) Furthermore, it makes no sense that they would wear armor but not carry a shield…

    In addition, the movie makes no mention of crossbows or heavy cavalry (medium cavalry is what’s seen in the movie).

    By the Han Dynasty, their army composition was composed of 1/3 heavy & light melee infantry, 1/3 crossbow/archers/skirmishers, and 1/3 light/medium/heavy cavalry. The development of heavy cavalry – heavy lancers with armored horses was crucial in bringing an end to the 3 kingdoms era.