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Red Cliff (2009)

Red Cliff

Overview


Genre

Action, Adventure, Drama

Release Date

November 20, 2009 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

146 min.

Production Budget

$80 millions

Studio

Magnolia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

John Woo

Producer

Terence Chang

Screenwriter

John Woo, Heyu Sheng, Cheng Kuo, Khan Chan

Starring

  • Tony Leung
  • Takeshi Kaneshiro
  • Zhang Fengyi
  • Chang Chen
  • Vicki Zhao as Sun Shangxiang
  • You Yong
  • Hu Jun
  • Shido Nakamura
  • Lin Chiling

Story


Legendary action cinema master John Woo and international superstar Tony Leung reunite for the first time since the 1992 classic HARD BOILED with this epic historical drama set based on a legendary 208 A.D. battle that heralded the end of the Han Dynasty.

RED CLIFF opens with power hungry Prime Minister-turned-General Cao Cao (Zhang Fengyi) seeking permission from the Han dynasty Emperor to organize a southward-bound mission designed to crush two troublesome warlords that stand in his way, Liu Bei (You Yong) and Sun Quan (Chang Chen). As the expedition gets under way, Cao Cao's troops rain destruction on Liu Bei's army, forcing the latter to retreat. Liu Bei's military strategist Zhuge Liang (Takeshi Kaneshiro) knows that their only hope for survival is to form an alliance with rival warlord Sun Quan, and reaches out to Sun Quan's trusted advisor, war hero Zhou Yu (Tony Leung). Vastly outnumbered by Cao Cao's fast approaching, brutal army, the rebel warlords band together to mount a heroic campaign unrivalled in history that changes the face of China forever.

A massive hit in Asia and the most expensive Asian film production of all time, RED CLIFF is a breathtaking war epic that marks the triumphant return of John Woo.

Pictures (65 photos)


A scene from Magnolia Pictures' Red Cliff (2009)
A scene from Magnolia Pictures' Red Cliff (2009)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..there's entertainment and fun along the way..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]
“..a majestic motion picture that returns Woo to the sort of whirlwind screen restlessness he built his legendary name upon..”
by Brian Orndorf [BrianOrndorf.com]
“..things are particularly hard to follow in the abridged cut that is coming to our cinemas..”
by Edward Porter [Sunday Times]