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Christopher Webster [Film Festival 11.14.08] movie news

Admittedly we were a little lax on our Red Cliff coverage last year but with part 2 looming on the horizon (the film opens in Hong Kong January 15th) and a fresh new teaser we've decided there's no time like the present to turn over a new leaf.

In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster 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.

Red Cliff is honestly as epic a movie as you'll find. There's big battles, big drama, and a cast of great larger than life characters at play in a film that will no doubt become known as a turning point in Woo's career.

via 25fps

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