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Red Cliff (2008)

Chi bi (original title)
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The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

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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. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sequences of epic warfare | See all certifications »

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4 December 2009 (USA)  »

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CNY 553,632,000 (estimated)

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£153,288 (UK) (12 June 2009)

Gross:

$626,809 (USA) (26 March 2010)
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John Woo said that this film differed from other films based on the Three Kingdoms, including story-based dramas and Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (2008), because it "brings out more humane stories tangled with the characters' psychology and life events." See more »

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A sleeping baby is shown with blood spattered on his face in one shot, and in the next shot his face is completely clean. See more »

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Narrator: The year is 208 AD. After years of civil war, a deathly calm has fallen of northern China. One by one, the rebel warlords have met their end under the sword of Prime Minister Cao Cao. Now, even the Han Emperor bows before his power. Yet from the south, a challenge is heard. Two leaders arise against Cao Cao's tyranny, the aging Liu Bei, and the inexperienced Sun Quan. So Cao Cao petitions the Emperor to brand these men as traitors, and declare a new war against the peaceful ...
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The Chinese version of "Brave Heart"
11 July 2008 | by (Taiwan) – See all my reviews

Chi Bi should be translated as Red Cliffs, was written in the famous Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms in the 14th century, the story tells one of the greatest battles in the Chinese 5,000 years history, it took place in the turbulent years among warlords and nobles in the end of the Han Dynasty, about 180 years A.D., the most calculative cunning evil man of the Chinese history Cao Cao who was the Prime Minister of the Han Dynasty led a eight hundred thousand men army attack two opposition forces Liu Bei and Sun Quan in the southern China after uniting the north.

Liu Bei was famous due to his kindness to his people and his oath to his sworn brothers Guan Yu (was later honored as the God of Martial Art) and Zhang Fei. Liu Bei also received helps from Zhuge Liang, probably the smartest man recorded in the Chinese history as his Military Adviser and one of the best generals at the time Zhao Yun. Cao Cao envied Liu Bei's personal quality who can attract loyal comrades while Cao Cao himself is always in betrayal dilemma with his allies.

Liu Bei named his kingdom as Shu-Han, in order to defeat the northern invasion troops led by Cao Cao, Liu Bei had no choice but to seek for alliance from Eastern Wu Kingdom in Jiangdong led by Sun Quan. Liu Bei sent the talented Zhuge Liang to Eastern Wu to persuade Sun Quan and his best right-hand man Zhou Yu. Although Zhou Yu felt that Zhuge Liang along with Shu-Han will be a future threat to Eastern Wu, he decided to form alliance for the time being with Shu-Han to resist the invasion by Cao Cao. The battle took place in a pass on the Yangtze River called Chi Bi, AKA Red Cliffs.

John Woo did a fantastic job in portraying the characters in the book of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, all the actors and actresses are the best in the contemporary Chinese cinematographic circle, the battle scenes are great, and this movie is the highest budge film in the Chinese film industry to date. It is a MUST see if you are interested in the Chinese history.


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