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Red Cliff (2008) More at IMDbPro »Chi bi (original title)

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Red Cliff -- Set during the end of China's Han Dynasty, two rivaling warlords make a pact to turn their respective armies against a power hungry general bent on taking over their kingdoms.
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10 July 2008 (China) See more »
Destiny lies in the wind. See more »
The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.). Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
John Woo 
Writing credits
John Woo (screenplay) &
Khan Chan (screenplay) (as Chan Khan) &
Cheng Kuo (screenplay) (as Kuo Cheng) &
Heyu Sheng (screenplay) (as Sheng Heyu)

Guanzhong Luo (novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms")

Produced by
Terence Chang .... producer
Zilong Guo .... co-producer (as Guo Zilong)
Sanping Han .... producer (as Han Sanping)
Xiaoei Han .... co-executive producer (as Han Xiaoei)
Bing He .... co-producer (as He Bing)
Xiaofeng Hu .... executive producer
Xiaofeng Hu .... line producer (as Hu Xiaofeng)
Chin-Wen Huang .... co-producer (as Chin-Wen Huang)
Tao Jiang .... chief producer
Wu Kebo .... co-producer (as Wu Kebo)
Woo-Taek Kim .... co-producer (as WooTaek Kim)
Sirena Liu .... co-producer (as Liu Yan)
Hongshi Lu .... co-executive producer (as Lu Hongshi)
Masato Matsuura .... co-producer
Rick Nathanson .... line producer
Mingyu Peng .... administrative producer (as Peng Mingyu)
Zhong-lun Ren .... co-producer (as Ren Zhonglun)
Dong-ming Shi .... associate producer (as Shi Dongming)
David Tsai-Yang Tang .... administrative producer (as David Tang)
Zhan Teng .... co-producer (as Teng Zhan)
Lori Tilkin .... associate producer
Jianqiu Wang .... co-producer (as Wang Jianqiu)
Wang Wei .... administrative producer
Todd Weinger .... associate producer
Anne Woo .... administrative producer
John Woo .... chief producer
John Woo .... producer
Jianshai Xu .... associate producer (as Xu Jianshai)
Pengle Xu .... co-executive producer (as Xu Pengle)
Xiaoming Yan .... co-producer (as Yan Xiaoming)
Shoucheng Yang .... co-producer (as Yang Shoucheng)
Ju Feng Yeh .... administrative producer (as Yeh Ju Feng)
Cheri Yeung .... administrative producer
Dong Yu .... associate producer (as Yu Dong)
Dong Yu .... co-producer (as Yu Dong)
Daxing Zhang .... administrative producer
Qiang Zhang .... co-producer (as Zhang Qiang)
Original Music by
Tarô Iwashiro 
Cinematography by
Yue Lü (director of photography) (as Lu Yue)
Li Zhang (director of photography) (as Zhang Li)
Film Editing by
Robert A. Ferretti 
Angie Lam 
Hongyu Yang  (as Yang Hong Yu)
Casting by
Jie Cheng 
Production Design by
Tim Yip 
Art Direction by
Eddy Wong 
Costume Design by
Tim Yip 
Production Management
David Dresher .... post-production supervisor
Yan Lu .... assistant production manager
Richard Murken .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Chow .... first assistant director
Richard L. Fox .... first assistant director
Patrick Leung .... second unit director: naval unit
Han Niu .... second second assistant director
Fei Wong .... second assistant director
Saiji Yakumo .... second unit director: opening segment
Corey Yuen .... second unit director: action unit
Jinzhan Zhang .... second unit director (as Zhang Jinzhan)
Wei Jiang .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Tien-Tsung Ma .... consultant
Sound Department
Asha Ardill .... facility manager: Sydney
Danielle Barron .... foley editor (as Danii Barron)
Steve Burgess .... sound designer
Steve Burgess .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Goodes .... sound effects editor
James Harvey .... sound effects editor
Wei He .... dialogue editor
Robert Mackenzie .... sound effects editor
Peter Mills .... sound effects editor
Jiajia Mok .... sound effects editor
Andrew Neil .... sound effects editor
Glenn Newnham .... sound effects editor
Liesl Pieterse .... studio assistant
Paul Pirola .... sound effects editor
Roger Savage .... sound re-recording mixer
Roger Savage .... sound supervisor
Blair Slater .... foley mixer & editor
Terry Tu .... sound effects editor
Doris Wang .... dialogue editor
Sam Wang .... sound effects editor
Xu Miao .... foley artist (uncredited)
Andrew Nell .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Qiuqiu Sun .... supervising adr editor (uncredited)
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist (uncredited)
Rainbow Wang .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Yanchao Yang .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Edward T. Reiff Jr. .... special effects technician
Frank W. Tarantino .... special effects foreman: Kerner Optical
Edward Chi-yun Yi .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Heather Abels .... matte painter: The Orphanage
Alp Altiner .... Visual FX Art Director: CAFE FX
Alexandra Altrocchi .... digital outsourcing producer: The Orphanage (as Alex Altrocchi Wolbach)
Jonathan Alvord .... visual effects editor: CafeFx
Adrienne Anderson .... digital production manager: Tippett Studio
Steve Arguello .... graphics lead
Dan Ashton .... film recording technician
Jim Aupperle .... lighting technical director
Cheryl Bainum .... executive producer: HATCH
Jeff Barnes .... production executive: CafeFX
Dana Basinger .... production support: The Orphanage
Jason Berg .... visual effects production assistant: The Orphanage
Dana Bonilla .... key set production assistant (kerner optical )
Nick Booth .... scanning and recording supervisor
Mike Bozulich .... lead compositor: cafefx
Hans Brekke .... character animator: Tippett Studio
Carol Brzezinski .... post production supervisor: The Orphanage
Andrew Byrne .... effects technical director
Diane Caliva .... post production supervisor: The Orphanage
Julie Cardinal .... VFX Producer: Digital Dimension
Christina Castellan .... visual effects production assistant: Cafe FX
Sébastien Chartier .... Compositor: Digital Dimension
Vasistha Chawda .... visual effects artist
Andy Chen .... visual effects supervisor
YouJin Choung .... compositor
Ian Chriss .... visual effects best boy grip: Kerner Optical
James Galen Clark .... render wrangler
Tom Cloutier .... visual effects key grip: Kerner Optical
Webster Colcord .... previsualization: The Orphanage
Josh Cole .... compositing supervisor: Crystal CG, Beijing
Jason Crosby .... cg supervisor
Joe C. D'Amato .... resource technical assistant manager: The Orphanage
Rif Dagher .... research & development
Bruce Dahl .... previsualization: The Orphanage
Dominic Daigle .... lead digital artist: HATCH
Russell Darling .... computer graphics supervisor: Tippett Studio
Valerie Delahaye .... visual effects producer: Make Inc
Vincent DeLay .... character rigger: Cafe FX
Steve Dellerson .... visual effects
Stephen DeLuca .... compositing supervisor: The Orphanage
James Dornoff .... visual effects coordinator
Brian Dowrick .... animation director: Crystal CG, Beijing
Brian Dowrick .... effects animation director
Brennan Doyle .... visual effects supervisor
Stéphanie Dubé .... texture painter
Robert Durnin .... lead rendering technical director: CafeFX
Leif Einarsson .... layout artist
Nino Ellington .... production support: The Orphanage
Vicki L. Engel .... visual effects
Jean-François Ferland .... digital compositor
Deak Ferrand .... concept artist: HATCH
Deak Ferrand .... lead matte painter: HATCH
Anna Fields .... visual effects coordinator: The Orphanage
Mike Fischer .... digital artist
Richard Flores .... animator
Jordan Freda .... paint/roto artist: The Orphanage
Jordan Freda .... roto/paint artist: CafeFX
Haskell Friedman .... lighting technical director
Sébastien Gagné .... Compositor: Digital Dimension
Vicki Galloway-Weimer .... visual effects executive producer: Cafe FX (as Vicki Galloway Weimer)
Christian Garcia .... CG Supervisor: Digital Dimension
Jack Geist .... visual effects producer
Mohamed Ghouse .... digital compositor
Greg Gibson .... systems engineer
Phillip Giles .... digital artist
Greg Gilmore .... visual effects editor: The Orphanage
Benoit Girard .... Executive Producer: Digital Dimension
Daniel Gloates .... senior staff: The Orphanage
Jim Gorman .... digital compositor
Robin Scott Graham .... digital compositor: CafeFx
Jon Green .... matte painter: The Orphanage
Roopesh Gujar .... visual effects production manager: Anibrain
Chris Halstead .... digital compositor: Tippett Studio
Heather Han .... digital artist: The Orphanage
Craig Hayes .... visual effects supervisor: The Orphanage
Sharon Smith Holley .... visual effects editor
Amy Hollywood Wixson .... senior visual effects producer: The Orphanage
Kevin Hoppe .... matchmove supervisor
Steve Hutchins .... roto/paint artist: CafeFX
Michael Hutchinson .... production support: The Orphanage
Tristan Ikuta .... digital effects artist
Amanda Instone .... digital painter
Rusty Ippolito .... digital artist
Mark Jeschke .... matchmover: The Orphanage
Matthew Frederick Johnson .... visual effects production assistant
Simon P. Jones .... lighting technical director: CafeFX
Brandon Kachel .... matte painter: Cafe FX
Tim Kadowaki .... effects animator
Brad Kalinoski .... digital compositor: Hatch FX
Sushil Kalyanshetti .... visual effects artist
Apirak Kamjan .... matchmover: CafeFx
Bonnie Kanner .... visual effects executive producer: Pixel Magic
Dushyant Kashyap .... digital effects artist
Jin Yong Kim .... matchmove artist: The Orphanage
Ken Kokka .... visual effects plate producer: The Orphanage
Jaye Krebs .... digital compositor: CafeFX
Joshua LaCross .... lead compositor: The Orphanage
Ivan Landau .... visual effects editor
Woei Lee .... compositor: The Orphanage (as Woei Hsi Lee)
Patrick Lemay .... 3D Tracking: Digital Dimension
Michael Lester .... compositor: The Orphanage
Votch Levi .... crowd pipeline lead
Jimmy Lillard .... visual effects editor: The Orphanage
Neil Lim Sang .... animator: CafeFX
Quan Lin .... visual effects editor
David A. Link .... digital compositor: Tippett Studio
Seth Lippman .... cg supervisor
Steven Lloyd .... digital artist
Jean-Philippe Lucas .... digital compositor: RedFX
Tran Ma .... 3D matte painter: CafeFX
George Macri .... visual effects producer: Pixel Magic
Joseph Mandel .... production support: The Orphanage
Julian Mann .... CG supervisor
Stuart T. Maschwitz .... senior staff: The Orphanage
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Magic
Dan McNamara .... senior staff: The Orphanage
Landon Medeiros .... digital compositor: Digital Dimension
Ramesh G. Meena .... digital effects artist
Bhavik Mehta .... digital compositor
Ed Mendez .... compositing supervisor - cafefx
Michael Miller .... digital compositor
Jentzen Mooney .... crowd pipeline: CafeFX
Jean-Francois Morissette .... senior matchmover
Phillip Moses .... production operations: CafeFX
Raphael Mosley .... inferno artist
Brad Moylan .... lead compositor: Pixel Magic
Sean Murphy .... visual effects artist
Jesh Murthy .... visual effects supervisor: Anibrain
Jihyun Nam .... visual effects
Payankulath Nandakumar .... head compositor
Paul Newberry .... senior animator: Cafe Fx
Vissal Ong Nguon .... lead compositor: Digital Dimension
Luke O'Byrne .... head of production: The Orphanage
Miguel Ortega .... model/texture lead: CafeFX
Desi Ortiz .... visual effects managing editor: CafeFX
Stéphane Paradis .... Compositor: Digital Dimension
Stéphane Paradis .... visual effects coordinator: Digital Dimension
Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski .... visual effects executive producer: Digital Dimension
Stacey Pothoven .... visual effects coordinator
Alex Prichard .... associate visual effects supervisor: The Orphanage
Michael S. Pryor .... VP business development: Anibrain Digital
Steven Quinones-Colon .... senior technical director
Kevin Rafferty .... visual effects supervisor: CafeFX
Jonathan S. Ramos .... effects animator: Tippett Studio
Satish Ratakonda .... digital compositor: Tippett Studio
Aaron Rhodes .... colorist: The Orphanage
Chad Ridgeway .... roto/paint artist: CafeFX
David Ridlen .... digital effects artist
Tracey Roberts .... visual effects artist
Ruben Rodas .... paint/roto artist: CafeFX
Bernardo Rodriguez .... visual effects editor: CafeFX
Martin Rosenberg .... visual effects production supervisor: Kerner Optical
Thomas Rosseter .... digital compositor
Jonathan Rothbart .... senior staff: The Orphanage
Stephen Roucher .... film recording technician
Craig Rowe .... digital compositor
Salvador Ruiz .... previsualization: The Orphanage
Marc Sadeghi .... visual effects executive producer: The Orphanage
Krystal Sae Eua .... model/texture artist
Welbon Salaam .... visual effects coordinator: Tippett Studio
Mohit Salunke .... digital compositor
Marc-Andre Samson .... senior digital artist: HATCH
David Schnee .... digital compositor: Tippett Studio
Ruchira Sharma .... digital compositor
Dong Yeop Shin .... computer graphics supervisor
Richard Slechta .... lighting supervisor: CafeFX
Eddie Soria .... senior roto/paint artist
Joseph Spadaro .... character rigging supervisor
Scott Stewart .... senior staff: The Orphanage (as Scott Charles Stewart)
James Straus .... animation supervisor
Kevin Struckman .... digital compositor
Frank Strzalkowski .... visual effects gaffer: Kerner Optical
Russ Sueyoshi .... digital compositor
Frank Synowicz .... visual effects artist
Jacob Telleen .... render technical assitant: Tippett Studio
Jason Thielen .... character animator: CafeFX
Scot D. Thomson .... 3D Tracking: Digital Dimension
Clint Thorne .... modeling supervisor: The Orphanage
Brian Tolle .... previsualization: The Orphanage
Yimi Tong .... visual effects coordinator: The Orphanage
Allen Tracy .... visual effects editor: Frantic Films Los Angeles
Alexandre Tremblay .... digital compositor
Norie Varga .... digital artist
Kenneth Voss .... roto/paint artist
Kevin Wallace .... production manager: Kerner Optical
Ian Ward .... lighting lead
O.D. Welch .... production executive: CafeFX
Andrew C. Whitelaw .... digital artist: HATCH
Pete Williams .... digital imaging manager
Charlie Winter .... lighting technical director: CafeFX
Gordon T. Wittmann .... visual effects associate producer: The Orphanage
Tiffany Wu .... visual effects digital production manager: The Orphanage
Chris Qi Yao .... digital artist
David Zbriger .... post production data supervisor: The Orphanage
Will Anielewicz .... shader development: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Laurie Blavin .... senior recruiter: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Siksit Boonyodom .... roto/paint artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Owen Calouro .... roto/paint artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Jerry Castro .... editorial department supervisor: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Dan Cayer .... compositing supervisor: The Layersmith Digital (uncredited)
Rama Dunayevich .... public relations: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Katja Federkiel .... Massive artist (uncredited)
Mary Lou Finn .... production accountant: The Orphanage (uncredited)
David Gladstein .... software programmer: The Orphanage (uncredited)
JongSoo Goo .... roto/paint artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Timothy Gross .... systems engineer: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Gisela Hermeling .... vfx production manager (uncredited)
Doug Hogan .... roto artist: (uncredited )
Kevin Hong .... development: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Sunghwan Hong .... roto/paint artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Ryan Howell .... resource technical assistant: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Bhushan Humbe .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Brad Isdrab .... technical support: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Michelle Kater .... roto/paint artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Kwang Jib Kim .... visual effects production (uncredited)
David Lloyd .... information technology director: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Lap Van Luu .... system administrator: CafeFX (uncredited)
Brandon McNaughton .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Chris Mills .... digital artist (uncredited)
Charles Schwartz .... matchmove artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Bee Jin Tan .... roto/paint artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Robert Tesdahl .... pipeline developer (uncredited)
Robert Tesdahl .... senior tools developer (uncredited)
Robert Tesdahl .... software development supervisor (uncredited)
Brian Tolle .... matchmove artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
David Townsend .... resource technical assistant: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Michael Tsai .... matchmove artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Pete Wheelan .... roto/paint artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
Shi Zhan Biao .... stunts
Li Meng Bin .... stunts
Zhang Bin .... stunts
Li Wen Bo .... stunts
Zhang Gui Bo .... stunts
Meng Li Chao .... stunts
Wei Chao .... stunts (as Chao Wei)
Li Qing Cheng .... stunts
Xiang Cheng .... stunts (as Cheng Xiang)
Taotao Cui .... stunts (as Tao Tao Cui)
Shan Peng Dang .... stunts (as Dang Shan Peng)
Rui Hua Deng .... second assistant stunt coordinator (as Deng Rui Hua)
Yi Zhu Fan .... stunts (as Fan Yi Zhu)
Ma Yun Fei .... stunts
Xu Fei Fei .... stunts
Bao Wen Feng .... stunts
Hu Li Feng .... stunts (as Hu Lin Feng)
Mei Zhi Gang .... stunts
Rui Gang Gao .... stunts (as Gao Rui Gang)
Jian Yong Guo .... stunt coordinator (as Guo Jian Yung)
Zhu Guo-Qi .... stunts (as Zhu Guo Qi)
Zhu Bing Hai .... stunts
Zhao Yu Hang .... stunts
Zhang Chao Hong .... stunts
Yu Xiao Hua .... stunts
Ma Yun Hui .... stunts
Sang Shang Hui .... stunts
Lin Xiang Jian .... stunts
He Zhi Jie .... stunts
Liu Jie .... stunts
Li Bun Jun .... stunts
Qui Ku .... stunts
Dion Lam .... stunt supervisor
Wang Lei .... stunts
Zhi Qiang Lei .... stunts
Guo Yuan Li .... second assistant stunt coordinator (as Li Guo Yuan)
Hao Li .... stunts (as Li Hao)
He Zhong Li .... stunts
Kai Li .... stunts (as Ki Kai)
Xiao Long Li .... stunts
Xiao Yuan Li .... stunts
Li Bay Liang .... stunts
Sang Lin .... stunt coordinator
Chong Chong Liu .... stunts (as Liu Chong Chong)
Jun Xiang Liu .... stunts
Junwei Liu .... stunts
Ming Zhe Liu .... second assistant stunt coordinator (as Liu Ming Zhe)
Ge Xiang Long .... stunts
Ma Jun Long .... stunts
Hong Wen Ma .... stunts (as Ma Hong Wen)
Chen Meng Meng .... stunts
Li Xing Ping .... stunts
Chan Lan Qi .... stunts
Jian Yong Qi .... stunts (as Qi Jian Yong)
Che Qiang .... stunts
Jan Yun Qiang .... stunts
Lin Qiang .... stunts
Ya Lun Qiao .... stunts (as Qiao Ya Lun)
Peng-Fei Qin .... stunts (as Qin Peng Fei)
Lu Yan Qing .... stunts
Mao Guo Qing .... stunts
Wei Guo Qing .... stunts
Liu Xue Shen .... stunts
Ma Liu Sheng .... stunts
Zhan Jie Shi .... stunts
Ping Su .... stunts (as Su Ping)
Li Yu Tao .... stunts
Liu Yun Tao .... stunts
Zhang Cheng Tao .... stunts
Guang Dian Wang .... stunts
Li Wei .... stunts (as Li Hong Wei)
Ou Cheng Wei .... stunts
Zhang Zhi Wei .... stunts
Wang Ti Wen .... stunts
Zhou Sheng Xi .... stunts
Song Shu Xin .... stunts
Liu Xu .... stunts
Li Teng Ya .... stunts
Shane Yan .... stunt performer
Zhou Yang .... stunts
Weixing Yao .... second assistant stunt coordinator (as Yao Wei Xing)
Zhang Zhi Ye .... stunts
Tiam Xiang Yi .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Yi Tian Xiang)
Qi Guo Yong .... stunts
Wang Yan Yong .... stunts
Le Zhang .... stunts (as Zhang Le)
Yuan Zhang Zhang .... second assistant stunt coordinator (as Zhuang Yuan Zhang)
Fan Huan Zhe .... stunts
Sun Wen Zhi .... stunts
Xue Pei Zhi .... stunts
Rocky Capella .... stunts (uncredited)
Thomas M. Ficke .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Julie Siu Wai Lau .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Amy Lee .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Corey Yuen .... action director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kai Chen .... crane operator: technocrane
Remi Epron .... aerial pilot & technician
Lihong Wang .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Tony Chiu .... post-production coordinator
David Hollingsworth .... digital intermediate colorist
Shanon Moratti .... digital intermediate editor
Han Niu .... post-production coordinator
Adam Scott .... head of digital intermediate
WenQian Yu .... post-production coordinator
Anthony S. Pratt .... workflow manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Michiko Akao .... musician: Japanese transverse flute
Akira Fukada .... music engineer
Hyakushichi Fukuhara .... musician: Japanese transverse flute
Hideyuki Fukusawa .... music programmer (as Hide Fukusawa)
Masashi Gotoh .... music engineer
Masashi Gotoh .... music mixer
Nobuhito Ikehata .... music producer
Tarô Iwashiro .... conductor
Tarô Iwashiro .... orchestrator
Li Jun .... music engineer
Kazuhito Kikuchi .... music producer
Koji Morimoto .... music engineer
Koji Morimoto .... music mixer
Tim Ryan .... music editor
Masanori Tamura .... music engineer
Jianping Tang .... composer: additional music
Jianping Tang .... musician: Chinese zither
Other crew
Jennifer Bushnell .... legal assistant
Jasmine Jiang .... translator
Roger Lee .... financial controller
Patrick Leung .... planning director
Avi Levy .... completion bond company representative
Luigi Riitano .... production accountant
Tyler Stokes .... assistant: Terence Chang
Peter Tsui .... supervisor
Wei Wang .... supervisor (as Wang Wei)
Yaguang Wu .... supervisor (as Wu Yakang)
Xiangyang Yang .... supervisor (as Yang Xiangyang)
WenQian Yu .... assistant: Rick Nathanson
Xiaofeng Yu .... supervisor (as Yu Xiaofeng)
Xiaolong Zhang .... ancient etiquette advisor
Chunhua Zhao .... supervisor (as Chunhau Zhao)
Hai Cheng Zhao .... supervisor (as Zhao Haicheng)
Tom Chung .... production accountant (uncredited)
Philip Lee .... special thanks
Aaron Shang .... acknowledgment

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Also Known As:
"Chi bi" - China (original title)
"Red Cliff: Part I" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for sequences of epic warfare
Singapore:150 min (PG version) | China:146 min | South Korea:134 min | UK:148 min | Argentina:148 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Belgium:KT | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:15A | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG (edited version) | South Korea:15 | Spain:12 | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 (cut) | USA:R (certificate #45613)
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Director Trademark: [John Woo] [Two Guns]One battle scene features Zhao Yun wielding two swords at once.See more »
Continuity: When Zhou Yu is receiving treatment for his arrow wound, his chest is covered in blood. The next shot, the blood is gone, without anyone wiping it away.See more »
[first lines]
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 Southlands.
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78 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Red Cliff, 12 July 2008
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

A friend of mine revealed to me that John Woo acknowledged parallels between characters in his movies, and characters from the Three Kingdom era, and that General Zhao Yun was one of Woo's personal favourites. This admiration for General Zhao's qualities cannot be more obvious when it is he who opens the first battle proper, with a very familiar character episode involving the rescue of the infant son (and future lord) of his master Liu Bei, thereby sealing his reputation of valor, earning admiration even from enemy Cao Cao. Fans of Liu Bei's camp will undoubtedly cheer at the appearances of his sworn brothers General Guan Yu (who is worshiped as a Deity until this very day, and remains one of my favourite characters besides Zhao Yun) and General Zhang Fei, whose gruffness translates to instant war-ready prowess. While Liu's army is clearly routed in a military loss, it explained the dilemma of Liu's leadership. One which is based on sincerity, a quality which persuaded his chief military strategist and genius all round Zhuge Liang (Takeshi Kaneshiro) to join his cause, but one which lacked military strength in numbers, despite having some of the best generals of the time under his leadership.

Which of course Cao Cao admires and probably is envious about, given his superior strength in numbers came from surrendering armies, whose loyalty remains questionable, and of course with individual generals who can't surpass the abilities of those from Liu. Playing the king like a puppet and having him issue a decree for permission to pursue Liu Bei who has fled southwards, he sets his sights also on warlord Sun Quan, for a more personal reason akin to the story of Helen of Troy. Zhuge Liang, knowing their current weakness, seeks an alliance between the armies of Liu and Sun Quan, and this forms most of the first half, where he had to play envoy to cajole and persuade, especially in convincing Sun Quan's most trusted adviser Zhou Yu (Tony Leung) that war is inevitable and they should form a win-win partnership.

And here's where great minds think alike, and watching both Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang do a friendly pit against each other is nothing short of amazing, where so little says so much. It helps of course that both Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro have been paired up as leading men on screen before, in Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express and in Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Confession of Pain too, lending some much established and credible chemistry as men who share admiration in each other's ability, especially when Zhou Yu seemed to have a fairer balance between fighting skill and intellect. With one side having highly disciplined soldiers with good morale, and the other having renowned generals to be leaders, it doesn't take a genius to realize the advantages gained in fending off a common enemy together.

The fight sequences were pure spectacle, with old school wire work combined with technological wizardry to showcase some large scale battle sequences at a macro level, or to highlight the immense naval numbers that Cao Cao brings to battle. Formations and strategies take centerstage in a first major confrontation on land, where one gets to see John Woo's interpretation of Zhuge Liang's "ba-gua" (8 stratagems) strategy, made more entertaining through the continuation of what we have already seen in each general's fighting ability, each given a unique style befitting the characters in folklore, such as Guan Yu and his Guan Dao (Green Dragon Crescent Blade) and Zhao Yun (Hu Jun) and his spear. There's the usual bellowing cape and slow motion in Woo's signature style, but these were kept to a minimum, as are the pigeons (though they do make an appearance, but serving some purpose).

Perhaps it is the success of the fight sequences that had left some lamenting for more, but bear in mind this is just but the first half of the movie, setting things up. The major war sequences of course are left in the second movie which we will get to see come early next year. Like The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, expect the next movie to go on an all out assault. I felt that already is a fair balance of drama and action here, especially when this installment has to cover a broad base given numerous characters, which should provide fans (of Three Kingdoms) something to cheer about. Chang Chen provides his Sun Quan with enough self-doubt, and in a small story arc has to seek his inner confidence ala King Leonidas in 300, while model Lin Chiling's much touted debut movie appearance, was limited to just a few scenes of lovey-dovey moments, which unfortunately for audiences in Singapore, her sex scene with Tony Leung got edited out in order for distributors to get a PG rating to put more bums on seats.

I had wondered how Tony Leung would have faired as Zhuge Liang instead of Kaneshiro, but felt that the musical chairs casting somehow became a blessing in disguise. Kaneshiro's good looks might have made some doubt his ability to play the smartest man alive during the era, but he did an excellent job in bringing out the humility and self-deprecation of the man whose never flashy nor overconfident of his abilities, and one who swears his talents to his lord Liu Bei. Tony Leung on the other hand brought about a fine balance of brains and brawn to the Zhou Yu character, whom I suspect in Woo's version, would be credited with much success for his part in Red Cliff, rather than the accolades all going to Zhuge Liang. After you see the reliable Tony Leung in this role, you'll know for sure that Chow Yun-Fatt could probably never had brought the kind of gravitas Leung brought to the role.

Red Cliff is hands down highly recommended

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