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Red Cliff (Chi Bi - 赤壁) (2008)

Red Cliff
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7.4 IMDB rating
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Takeshi Kaneshiro Takeshi Kaneshiro
Zhuge Liang
Fengyi Zhang Fengyi Zhang
Cao Cao
Chen Chang Chen Chang
Sun Quan
Wei Zhao Wei Zhao
Sun Shangxiang
Jun Hu Jun Hu
Zhao Yun
Shido Nakamura Shido Nakamura
Gan Xing
Chiling Lin Chiling Lin
Xiao Qiao


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John Woo John Woo
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Khan Chan Khan Chan


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An entertaining epic

4 years, 10 months ago at Mar 27 10:11
2 votes
Before watching this, I thought I would watch it bit by bit during a whole week, maybe in 5 sessions. Eventually, I watched both movies (about 5 hours along) just in one single day! It shows that the duration was definitely not an issue and I was definitely entertained from the start until the end. It may sound strange but while watching it, I thought it was some kind of Asian version of 'The Lor... read more

Does what a movie should

6 years, 11 months ago at Feb 19 14:59
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This is a big war movie, "Lord of the Rings" style, based on one of the most famous stories from the start of the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history. The tyrannical Cao Cao has convinced the feeble emperor to make him Prime Minister and let him lead an expedition to conquer the independent southland. The movie follows the creation of an alliance between the freedom-loving kingdoms of Wu and ... read more

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5 years, 8 months ago at May 21 2:36
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I watched part I and part II. Most people would greatly enjoy the theatrical version (ok not me.). I absolutely loved Takeshi Kaneshiro as Zhuge Liang, so the more the better. He was also in House of the Flying Daggers. *drool*. So if you like, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragons, Hero, and House of the Flying Daggers then move this to the top of your list.
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Description: n 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao 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 f ... (more)
Release date: 4 December 2009
Tags: China (13), Chinese (12), War (11), Drama (10), Action (8), 2000s (8), History (7), Adventure (6), Historical (5), Epic (5), 2008 (4), Yangtze River (4), Asian (4), Chinese Painting (3), Military (3), Strategy (3), Ship Set On Fire (3), Military Strategy (3), Fire Fight (2), Casualty Of War (2)
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An entertaining epic

“Before watching this, I thought I would watch it bit by bit during a whole week, maybe in 5 sessions. Eventually, I watched both movies (about 5 hours along) just in one single day! It shows that the duration was definitely not an issue and I was definitely entertained from the start until the end. It may sound strange but while watching it, I thought it was some kind of Asian version of 'The Lord of the Rings'. Especially, when you see the heroes gathering, forming a kind of fellowship and then preparing for the battle which eventually take place in great details and which they eventually win whereas the odds were against them, you have to admit it, it is definitely reminiscent of 'The Lord of The Rings'. To be honest, sometimes, it was a little bit difficult to remember everyone's name ” read more

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The movie tackles a story based on the the battle of Red Cliff, largely adapted from the Chinese language epic 'The Romance of the Three Kingdoms', considered to be one of the most influential works of Chinese Literature. The relationship between the story and actual history is much like the relationship of Shakespeare's works to actual history, in a word 'loose'. It relates the conflict between the three warring kingdoms in t” read more

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