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Postby kenneth delves on Sun May 25, 2008 9:37 am

I understand its been shown at film festivals already-anyone seen it

Red Cliff (film)
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Directed by John Woo
Produced by Terence Chang (producer)
Lion Rock Entertainment
Written by Lan Xiaolong
Wang Hui-ling
Wang Qian
Zou Jingzhi
Based on Chronicle of the Three Kingdoms
Starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Zhang Fengyi
Chang Chen
Hu Jun
Lin Chi-ling
Zhao Wei
You Yong
Nakamura Shidō
Music by Taro Iwashiro
Cinematography Lü Yue
Zhang Li
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release date(s) 10 July 2008
Country China
Language Mandarin Chinese
Budget US$80 million[1]
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Red Cliff (Chinese: 赤壁), alternatively known as The Battle of Red Cliff, is a two-episode Chinese epic film based on the Battle of Red Cliffs and events during the Three Kingdoms period in Ancient China. The first episode is expected to be released in 2008. The film is directed by John Woo and stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen, Hu Jun, Lin Chi-ling and Zhao Wei. With an estimated budget of US$80 million, The Battle of Red Cliff is the most expensive Asian-financed film to date.[2]

According to Han Sanping, veteran producer and the CEO of China Film Group, one of the chief investors in the film, The Battle of Red Cliff currently has too much material to include in a single feature. It will therefore be divided into two episodes, with the first to be released before the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the second only at the end of 2008.[3] Producer Terence Chang confirmed this, saying that the Chinese government views the film as a showcase of Chinese history and wants it released before the Olympic Games.[4]

This film is one of the two Three Kingdoms films currently in production (as of 2008), the other being Daniel Lee's Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon.

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Director John Woo said in an interview with CCTV-6 that the film will use primarily the historical record Chronicle of the Three Kingdoms as a blueprint for the Battle of Red Cliffs, rather than the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. As such, traditionally vilified characters such as Cao Cao and Zhou Yu will be given a more historically accurate treatment in the film.[5]
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