The final battle of Red Cliff. In sequel there is more exploration on the female characters. Xiao Qiao who was just a pretty face in the first film has a bigger part now. She represents the strength of woman's gentleness that can lure and distract even the most dangerous enemy. While the cool princess Sun Shang Xiang represents the independent woman who doesn't mind to get down and dirty to get the job done. Some people might feel a bit dissatisfied with the end of the film, but one must know that humiliation is a worse punishment than death
I remember I never felt more depressed when I read the novella, but I was kind of relieved that the film was less depressing than the book. Tim Roth is a sublime character actor which explains why he is quite underrated. Because every knows only the so-so actors with good looks get all the credits.
Yes, this is the original film where Yogi Bear's alternate ending is based on. I must say although the story and acting are really good, this is quite painful to watch because the emotional baggage of each character's is almost unbearable to describe.