Red Cliff

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  140 min.
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (limited)
DVD: April 13, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
based on 12 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Wei, Hu Jun


An epic historical drama based on a legendary 208 A.D. battle that heralded the end of the Han Dynasty. RED CLIFF opens as power hungry Prime Minister-turned-General Cao Cao (Zhang Fengyi) seeks permission from the Han dynasty Emperor to organize a southward-bound mission designed to crush the two troublesome warlords who stand in his way, Liu Bei (You Yong) and Sun Quan (Chang Chen). As the expedition gets underway, Cao Cao's troops rain destruction on Liu Bei's army, forcing him into retreat. Liu Bei's military strategist Zhuge Liang (Takeshi Kaneshiro) knows that the rebels' 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 brutal, fast-approaching army, the warlords band together to mount a heroic campaign—unrivaled in history—that changes the face of China forever.

Director: John Woo
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Terence Chang, John Woo
Screenplay: John Woo, Chan Khan, Kuo Cheng, Sheng Heyu
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  • 5 stars "Stunning visually. Outstanding fight sequencing. Good acting. Great director. A truly awesome movie once you get used to reading the English subtitles in conjunction with watching the spectacle. In my top 20 movies for certain. A joy to watch in Bluray."
  • 5 stars "Excellent historical action war drama with a superb cast and spectacular settings."