November 18, 2009 (NY; select cities: Nov. 25)
Studio: Magnet Releasing (Magnolia Pictures)
Director: John Woo
Screenwriter: Terence Chang, John Woo, Khan Chan, Kuo Cheng, Sheng Heyu
Starring: Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Chang Chen, Zhao Wei, Hu Jun
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for sequences of epic warfare)
Official Website: RedClifffilm.com
Review: 8.5/10 rating
DVD Review: Not Available
DVD: DVD (Original International Version - Part I & II) | Blu-ray Disc (Original International Version - Part I & II) | DVD (Theatrical Version) | Blu-ray Disc (Theatrical Version)
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Plot Summary: 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 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 adviser, 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 unrivaled 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.