~Every scene..a single brush stroke upon the canvas.
Films to savor, for film making of this beauty and depth and scale don’t grace us very often..and the fates truly lie in ways of the wind.
I couldn’t recommend two films any more than the John Woo directed epics “Red Clliff” and “Red Cliff II” and if grading on a ☆ scale these films receive 10 out of 10☆’ｓ。
The two films combine for a running time of 4 hours and 40 minutes (2:25 and 2:15 respectfully) but be wary of a condensed version which edited out scenes in order to make the film one as I can’t imagine any loss of scenes doing any justice to John Woo’s masterpiece~. I haven’t felt captivated so much by a film in recent memory and from perfect casting to majestic sets & wardrobe to breathtaking choreography to a brilliant story, Red Cliff truly has it all.
The story is set in 208 A.D. and if you’re like me you’ve watched “Mulan” and wondered what the Hans were really like (人∀`*)。。okay that’s not entirely true :P! But just to see the history of a country at such a pivotal time played out with a budget which spared no expense
lending to a movie shot on such a large scale is beautiful. Did the films cost more than any Asian film to date? Yes~*!..and did it exceed the box office sales of the film “Titanic” in China? Yes~*!
And have historical figures ever looked hotter? Tony Leung, Kaneshiro Takeshi, Zhao Wei and Lin chi ling lead an outstanding cast and if Zhao Wei looks familiar you may have also watched her act along side Shu Qi in the action thriller “so close” while if you’ve seen any of those China Airlines commercials (they sometimes air here in Hawaii on rare occasions for China travel publicity..I think most recently during the Winter Olympics) then Lin Chi Ling (who plays Zhou Yu’s wife Xiao Qiao) will surely be a familiar face…she’s so so beautiful!! She portrays her character with such grace, there are so many scenes where you can live, sense and feel her emotions so much.
Like fine art~* John Woo’s attention to detail makes each scene, a masterful brush stroke with no non~essential scenes where strategy becomes genius and symbolism is presented to the viewer in subtle glances which make their presence and meaning known in some of the most profound and memorable of revelations~. Without presenting any spoilers, the film takes place in a time when the Han Dynasty sought to unite China under a single rulership by means of launching a full scale war on both the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu to the south in hopes of conquering them both. Han Prime Minister Cao Cao would lead a war of an unprecedented scale in China by both sea and by land forcing an alliance between the Xu and East Wu whom are both heavily outnumbered in troops and the sheer size of the Han navy. Enter in genius strategist Zhuge Liang played by the gorgeous Kaneshiro Takeshi..(did I say just how handsome he is!!..okay~* just did ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ♥♥♥。。！！and he provides so many of the wow~* moments in the film where your jaw may hit the ground and you’ll find yourself cheering!) whose knowledge of even utilizing astrology and weather would lead to the fate of a country all done in awe inspiring fashion~. Honor, betrayal, tradition and cunning take center stage as war tactics are played out by the most brilliant of minds…wonder how it’s humanly possible to “make” 100,000 arrows in just 3 days?…..you’ll have to watch to find out ＾ ＾！