Definitely kind of runs out of steam compared to the first part, but Red Cliff's second act is still really well done. This time the battle changes gears to focusing on a massive naval battle and the eventual attack of the warlord's Cao Cao's encampment. I guess the main issue with the second part is that the first hour and a half is pure build up and lacks the mini battles which made the first part more entertaining. The final battle is really well done and still clever, but I guess nothing could top the end scene of the first film. Still It's a must see to find out how the epic battle for Red Cliff ends. One thing that is nice about this part is in all the downtime you really get to know all the characters a lot better which makes you feel more connected with them when the final battle takes place. It's about the same length as the first part, and still really entertaining. Overall the Red Cliff films are great epic films and are really original in how they focus on the struggles of the leaders and the importance of tactics and strategy to win the day.
A wonderful yet chilling tale of a strange mix of religion and self discovery. It's a great film with beautiful backgrounds and a lead character who is so odd yet so mesmerizing on screen. The film is highly original in it's take on extreme religious ceremonies (particularly exorcism) and deals with the issues in a way not usually seen. It's built around a simple backdrop and a simple past, and overall the man's life is well simple. It's full of great characters and I always looked forward to see how he would help each new person who came. But there is so much to this movie and though some may tire of it's slowness, others will love it. It's a very pleasant surprise of a film that just happened to fall into my viewing pleasure and I'm glad it did.