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Aro Recommended Red Cliff


aka: The Battle of Red Cliff
China 2008, 148 / 274 minutes
Dir. John Woo
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Rating: [M]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Action/Adventure / Martial Arts, Epic


Aroview: A gargantuan Han Dynasty epic from Hong Kong's action movie grandmaster, John Woo, in which two kingdoms must form an unlikely alliance to stave off a warmongering general and his enormous army.

Leaving much of the pageantry and costume dramatics that filled out the original, two-part Asian release, the ‘International’ version cuts to the chase as a lean, mean historical spectacle, with its focus narrowing on the battle of wits between the power-hungry Prime Minister Cao Cao, and the kingdom’s rebel leaders (whose allied armies are commanded by Chinese stars Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro). Through all of the mass warfare, dir. Woo’s stylistic trademarks are never overwhelmed, and he turns in some of the best and most exhilarating combat sequences seen on this scale. If no more than an over-sized action movie, a great one at that.

Both the condensed 'International' cut and full-length Asian version are available.

NZ International Film Festival 2009

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DVD Features

  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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