Interlude: Red Cliff (John Woo film)
Red Cliff, is a Chinese epic film based on the Battle of Red Cliff and events during the Three Kingdoms period in Ancient China. The film is expected to be released in two versions: within Asia, Red Cliff is to be released in two parts totaling over four hours in length, with the first part premiering in July 2008 and the second in January 2009.
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, Red Cliff is the most expensive Asian-financed film to date.
This film is based largely on the 'Chronicle of the Three Kingdoms', which is more historically correct. Hence, both Cao Cao and Zhou Yu are given fairer treatment in the movie than in the fictionalised account in the novel 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'.
The Antagonist: Prime Minister of Han, Cao Cao
The Most Beautiful Woman in China: Xiao Qiao
The Protagonists: Charismatic Liu Bei and Brave Sun Quan
Sun Quan, bold beyond belief, daring to challenge the might of the Han Prime Minister. Only 50,000 brave marines stand against the might of 240,000 Cao Cao's valiant warriors.
Orchestrator of the Symphony of Stratagems: Maestro Zhou Yu
Given great prominence in the movie is non other than Maestro Zhou Yu. Not surprising since he was the mastermind behind the 連環計 Symphony of Stratagems at Red Cliff.
Sleeping Dragon: Master Strategist, Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang looks dashing here in his Taoist robes. The movie hints at the rivalry between the two master strategists, at latter date, as they serve rival warlords.