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Red Cliff (Chi Bi) Reviews

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½ June 10, 2018
It's a high budget Hollywood style movie by John Woo, who is well recognized director in many US Jet Li films. However, aside from historical inaccuracy, the fight scenes were pretty much ninja turtlesque... Come on, 5 guys defeat 10s of thousands of troops? Ridiculous. It just more a kungfu movie than "historical drama."

but perhaps what is most ridiculous is the need to push modern SJW progressive lunacy in the plot line. Seriously, ancient China would not have allowed much of Zao Wei's character to run amok like that. Totally unrealistic and stupid.
April 24, 2018
Epic film of a battle from real life Chinese history.
January 11, 2017
I saw the short version and it thrilled me . A powerful story that is told in a powerful film. The scenery, the movement of the camera, the wonderful choreography of battles, the smart/ sharp/ some-times-funny dialogues/script, serve well to this masterpiece. I just obtained the original extended version and I'm more than longing to get a bucket of popcorn to just sit there and watch it.
½ October 18, 2016
Periodically things like amateurish cinematography or mediocre CGI would remind me that China's film industry is still in its adolescence. All things considered though, I'd say the kid has got potential! This turned out to be a big-budget epic period drama that was really quite good.
½ August 21, 2016
With beautiful cinematography and excellent battle sequences that are dazzling and entertaining, Red Cliff is one of John Woo's best works and should be required of action film fans.
June 27, 2016
The best movie on this planet!!! Everything about this movie is outstanding.
June 13, 2016
The appealing visuals and epic battle scenes make "Red Cliff" worth your time.
½ March 7, 2016
When I found out that this film was being made I almost wept. The tale of the three kingdoms is one of my favourite stories of all time and it is impeccably shown on the screen by John Woo. The battle scenes in this film make Gladiator and The Lord of the Rings look ordinary.
½ January 28, 2016
Still legit Woo's best film. Unreal does it no justice (which is why i just bought the 5 hour version)
July 27, 2015
Translation: Strategy beats Stupidity in war every time. Pretty good movie. May be one of the best single battle scenes ever. Some of it is a little bit too silly and impossible. 3 stars solid.
½ July 3, 2015
It's great to see Woo break out of his Hollywood slump and make a grand action film that blends heroic scenes where the main characters fight mobs of enemies with large scale battle scenes. He's really in top form here.
½ June 2, 2015
Watched this on 1/6/15
This review is about the International release of Red Cliff (part 1 and 2 combined). What really amazed me is that I ended up liking this Chinese film very well even though I expected really nothing from it' Red Cliff is a film known for it's heavy epic action sequences, but what makes it unique is the multitudes of battle strategies used in there. John Woo returns to Asia and triumphs in creating a terrific epic with nuanced performances, fine action and terrific scenery. It's definitely an epic worth the watch.
May 22, 2015
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE this movie!!!! Watched it so many times. Can't get enough.
April 23, 2015
Epic & grandiose but not superb as Zhang Yimou...
½ March 28, 2015
Depois de 10 anos nos EUA a ensinar muitos realizadores como fazer filmes de acção, John Woo regressa à China e realiza um épico de quase 5 horas dividido em 2 partes (existindo uma versão "americana" mais curta de duas horas e meia) que supera muitos filmes americanos do género. É um deleite ver as facções a guerrearem-se nos variados e enormes campos de batalha, com um número surpreendente de estratégias militares em acção protagonizadas por personagens com motivações e rivalidades bem definidas. Mesmo cedendo a algumas tradições menos apreciadas do cinema chinês, "Red Cliff" merecia estar entre os melhores do género e é uma escolha fantástica para introduzir novas pessoas ao cinema asiático.
March 22, 2015
(Note: I saw both part I and part II, not the shortened American version)

Taking one of the most popular battles in the wars amongst the Three Kingdoms, John Woo adds a bit of humor to each character, also amplifying how he, or others, stereotypically views them (taken directly from the book "Romance of the Three Kingdoms"), all nicely fitted with epic battles and drama. Red Cliff, although long at about five hours, never seemed to let up on the story, drama, or action, and the length only adds to it. Red Cliff is sure to please most audiences, and especially fans of the era or book.
February 6, 2015
Written and directed by John Woo, this was his first film to be made in Mandarin since Hard Boiled (1992). He'd had a good run in Hollywood, but work dried up stateside, so Woo returned to Asian cinema with something he'd wanted to do for decades, but he could never get the funding together. After various successes in Hollywood, he was finally back on form with this majestic and sweeping action epic. Set towards the end of the Han Dynasty in Ancient China circa 208-209 AD. Eastern Han Dynasty chancellor Cao Cao (Zhang Fengyi) leads the imperial army to kill the rival Southern Warlords Sun Quan (Chang Chen) and Liu Bei (You Yong). Emperor Han (Wang Ning) is reluctant for Cao Cao to lead the imperial army to attack, but acquiesces to Cao Cao's demands. When military strategist Zhuge Liang (Takeshi Kaneshiro) heads south to convince Sun Quan to join forces with Liu Bei against the powerful warlord, Zhuge Liang meets the viceroy Zhou Yu (Tony Leung), who comes up with a strategy to hold back the might of the million strong imperial army. It's a very epic film, and very long too, but the Battle of the Red Cliffs is a part of Chinese history that has interested Woo for many years, and although he took liberties with history, Woo isn't interested in historical accuracy. He wants to tell a good story, and make it look good, and he does just that here. 4/5
January 4, 2015
it's not a bad film or anything, but as a huge fan of the 3 kingdom era... this is kind of dissapointing.... and wasn't really a point to be made. Action is a bit silly, which is typical of John Woo. I just dont like his style that much....

I would say skip-able.
Super Reviewer
January 1, 2015
A fantastic epic movie about the "Three Kingdoms" period in Ancient China. Its the first movie of 2 total. Directed by the talent John Woo with many good movies in his career. This movie succeeded to keep a good balance between the action parts aswell as the rest of the story including some drama moments and learning more about the characters etc.. its not a complicated movie to follow which is a good thing. The movie have beautiful stunning scenery with a high quality level all over it. The battle scenes were nice and many which is a big plus if you like action. There are a few actors i recognized from other similar Chinese movies and sometimes they are so alike its hard to keep track on the characters almost. In the end there is only good things to say about this movie actually and i can't wait to watch the 2nd movie now.
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