Red Cliff (film)

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Red Cliff
Redcliffposter.jpg
American poster for the cut-down version
Directed by John Woo
Produced by John Woo
Terence Chang
Han Sanping
Written by John Woo
Chan Khan
Kuo Cheng
Sheng Heyu
Starring Tony Leung
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Zhang Fengyi
Chang Chen
Zhao Wei
Hu Jun
Shidō Nakamura
Lin Chi-ling
Music by Tarō Iwashiro
Cinematography Lü Yue
Zhang Li
Editing by Angie Lam
Yang Hongyu
Robert A. Ferretti (Part I)
David Wu (Part II)
Studio Beijing Film Studio
China Film Group
Lion Rock Productions
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release dates
  • 10 July 2008 (2008-07-10) (Part I)
  • 7 January 2009 (2009-01-07) (Part II)
Running time 288 minutes (total)
146 minutes (Part I)[1]
142 minutes (Part II)[2]
148 minutes (short version)[1]
Country China
Language Mandarin
Budget US$80,000,000
Box office US$248,308,170[3][4][5][6]

Red Cliff is a Chinese epic war film from 2008-2009, based on the Battle of Red Cliffs (208–209 AD) and the events at the end of the Han Dynasty and immediately prior to the Three Kingdoms period in ancient China. The film was directed by John Woo, and stars Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen, Hu Jun, Lin Chi-ling and Zhao Wei.

In China and much of Asia, Red Cliff was released in two parts, totaling over four hours in length (288 minutes). The first part (146 minutes) premiered in Beijing on 2 July 2008 and the second (142 minutes) was released in China on 7 January 2009. Outside Asia, a cut-down single 148 minute version was released in 2009. However, the full-length two-part version was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom on 5 October 2009,[7] and in the USA and Canada on 23 March 2010.[8]

With an estimated budget of US$80 million, Red Cliff is the most expensive Asian-financed film to date.[9] The first part of the film grossed US$124 million in Asia[10] and broke the box office record previously held by Titanic in mainland China.[11]

Plot[edit]

Director John Woo said in an interview with David Stratton that the film is only 50% factual. Woo decided to alter the story using modern feelings and his own feelings for a more worldly acceptance. According to Woo, historical accuracy was less important than how the audience felt about the battle.[12]

Part I[edit]

In the summer of 208, in the final years of the Eastern Han Dynasty, the imperial army led by the chancellor Cao Cao embarks on a campaign to eliminate the southern warlords Sun Quan and Liu Bei in the name of eradicating rebels, with the reluctant approval of Emperor Xian. Cao Cao's mighty army swiftly conquers Jing Province and the Battle of Changban is ignited when Cao's cavalry starts attacking civilians on an exodus led by Liu Bei. During the battle, Liu Bei's followers, including his sworn brothers Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, give an excellent display of their combat skills by holding off the enemy while buying time for the civilians to retreat. The warrior Zhao Yun fights bravely to rescue Liu Bei's entrapped family but only succeeds in rescuing Liu's infant son.

Following the battle, Liu Bei's advisor Zhuge Liang embarks on a diplomatic mission to Jiangdong to form an alliance between his lord and Sun Quan to deal with Cao Cao's invasion. Sun Quan was initially in the midst of a dilemma of whether to surrender or resist, but his decision to resist Cao Cao hardens after Zhuge Liang's clever persuasion and a subsequent tiger hunt with his viceroy Zhou Yu and his sister Sun Shangxiang. Meanwhile, naval commanders Cai Mao and Zhang Yun from Jing Province pledge allegiance to Cao Cao and are received warmly by Cao, who places them in command of his navy.

After the hasty formation of the alliance, the forces of Liu Bei and Sun Quan call for a meeting to formulate a plan to counter Cao Cao's army, which is rapidly advancing towards Red Cliff from both land and water. The battle begins with Sun Shangxiang leading a light cavalry unit to lure Cao Cao's vanguard force into the allies' Bagua Formation. The vanguard force is defeated by the allies but Cao Cao shows no disappointment and proceeds to lead his main army to the riverbank directly opposite the allies' main camp, where they make camp. While the allies throw a banquet to celebrate their victory, Zhuge Liang thinks of a plan to send Sun Shangxiang to infiltrate Cao Cao's camp and conduct an espionage mission. The duo maintain contact by sending messages via a pigeon. The film ends with Zhou Yu lighting his miniaturised battleships on a map based on the battle formation.

Part II[edit]

Sun Shangxiang has infiltrated Cao Cao's camp and is secretly noting details and sending them via a pigeon to Zhuge Liang. Meanwhile, Cao Cao's army is seized with a plague of typhoid fever that kills a number of his troops. Cao Cao orders the corpses to be sent on floating rafts to the allies' camp, hoping to pass the plague on to his enemies. The allied army's morale is affected when some unsuspecting soldiers let the plague in, and eventually a disheartened Liu Bei leaves with his forces while Zhuge Liang stays behind to assist Sun Quan's forces. Cao Cao is overjoyed when he hears that the alliance has collapsed. At the same time, Cai Mao and Zhang Yun propose a new tactic of interlocking the battleships together with iron beams to minimise rocking when sailing on the river and reduce the chances of the troops falling seasick.

Sun Quan's forces look on as Liu Bei leaves the alliance. From right to left: Zhou Yu (Tony Leung), Sun Quan (Chang Chen), Lu Su (Hou Yong).

Subsequently, Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang make plans on how to eliminate Cai Mao and Zhang Yun, and produce 100,000 arrows respectively. They agreed that whoever fails to complete his mission will be punished by execution under military law. Zhuge Liang's ingenious strategy of letting the enemy shoot 20 boats covered in straw brings in over 100,000 arrows from the enemy and makes Cao Cao doubt the loyalty of Cai Mao and Zhang Yun. On the other hand, Cao Cao sends Jiang Gan to persuade Zhou Yu to surrender, but Zhou tricks Jiang instead into believing that Cai Mao and Zhang Yun are planning to assassinate Cao. Both Zhuge Liang and Zhou Yu's respective plans complement each other when Cao Cao is convinced, despite earlier having doubts about Jiang Gan's report, that Cai Mao and Zhang Yun were indeed planning to assassinate him by deliberately "donating" arrows to the enemy. Cai Mao and Zhang Yun are executed and Cao Cao realises his folly afterwards but it is too late.

In Sun Quan's camp, Sun Shangxiang returns from Cao Cao's camp with a map of the enemy formation. Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang decide to attack Cao Cao's navy with fire anticipating that a special climatic condition will soon cause the wind to shift and that the resulting southeast wind will blow to their advantage. Before the battle, Sun Quan's forces have a final moment together, feasting on rice dumplings to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Meanwhile, Zhou Yu's wife, Xiaoqiao, heads towards Cao Cao's camp alone secretly, hoping to persuade Cao to give up his ambitious plans, but fails and decides to distract him instead to buy time for her side.

The battle begins when the southeast wind starts blowing in the middle of the night and Sun Quan's forces launch their attack on Cao Cao's navy. On the other hand, Liu Bei's forces, whose departure from the alliance was a ruse, start attacking Cao Cao's forts on land. By dawn, Cao Cao's entire navy has been destroyed. The allies launch another offensive on Cao Cao's ground army, stationed in his forts, and succeed in breaking through using testudo formation despite suffering heavy casualties. Although Cao Cao is besieged in his main camp, he manages to hold Zhou Yu hostage after catching him off guard together with Cao Hong. Xiahou Jun also appears, holding Xiaoqiao hostage and causing the allies to hesitate. Just then, Zhao Yun manages to reverse the situation by rescuing Xiaoqiao with a surprise attack and put Cao Cao at the mercy of the allies instead. Eventually, the allies decide to spare Cao Cao's life and tell him never to return before leaving for home. In the final scene, Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang are seen having a conversation before Zhuge walks away into the far distance with the newborn foal Mengmeng.

Cut-down version[edit]

For the non-Asian releases, the film was shortened from 288 minutes to 148 minutes and was released in some countries under the title Battle of Red Cliff. An opening narration in American English provides the historical background, whereas in the Asian release, a more brief description of the context of the political situation appears in scrolling form 10 minutes into the film. Notable cuts include the background and motivations behind Zhuge Liang's plan to obtain 100,000 arrows, including the threat to his life, and the early parts of Sun Shangxiang's infiltration. The tiger hunting scene was also cut from the Western release.

The original two-part 288 minute version was released as a two-disc set on DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom on 5 October 2009,[13] and in the USA and Canada on 23 March 2010.[14]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Other cast[edit]

Replaced cast[edit]

  • Ken Watanabe was originally selected for the role of Cao Cao.[15] According to a report, some Chinese fans voiced objections over the choice as they felt that it was inappropriate for a Japanese actor to portray an important Chinese historical figure. The report claimed that the protests influenced the decision of director John Woo, who eventually chose Zhang Fengyi for the role.[16]
  • Chow Yun-fat was originally selected for the role of Zhou Yu, and had even earlier been considered for the role of Liu Bei. However, he pulled out on 13 April 2007, just as shooting began. Chow explained that he received a revised script a week earlier and was not given sufficient time to prepare, but producer Terence Chang disputed this, saying that he could not work with Chow because the film's Hollywood insurer opposed 73 clauses in Chow's contract.[17] Chow was replaced by Tony Leung, who had previously turned down the role of Zhuge Liang,[18][19] as he was burned out after filming Lust, Caution;[20] but offered to rejoin the cast because of the urgency of the matter.

Production[edit]

Production is helmed by Lion Rock Entertainment and China Film Group Corporation.[21] Distributors were fast to clinch the deal before shooting even began. Distributors include Chengtian Entertainment (China), CMC Entertainment / 20th Century Fox Taiwan Branch (Taiwan), Mei Ah Entertainment (Hong Kong), Avex Group/Toho-Towa Co. (Japan), Showbox (South Korea), the Los Angeles-based Summit Entertainment (international) and Magnolia Pictures (United States).[22]

Shooting of Red Cliff started in mid-April 2007.[23] Shooting was held at a film studio in Beijing, as well as in Hebei province, where naval warfare was staged at two working reservoirs.[24]

On 9 June 2008, a stuntman doing shots for the movie was killed in a freak fire accident, which also left six others injured.[25]

The special effects in Red Cliff II were produced by Modus FX, The Orphanage, Frantic Films, Red FX and Prime Focus.

John Woo said that this film differed from other films based on the Three Kingdoms, including story-based dramas and Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, because it "brings out more humane stories tangled with the characters' psychology and life events."[26]


Reception[edit]

First part Asia release[edit]

During the first part of the film's Asia release, Variety reported that the film enjoyed a tremendous start to its theatrical run across East Asia since its release date on 10 July 2008.[27] The film scored a record-breaking opening weekend across six Asian territories.[28] Variety also reported that the film received a generally positive critical reception in Hong Kong, China.[27] In South Korea, the opening day of Red Cliff knocked Hancock down to 79,000 admissions Thursday, or an estimated gross of $550,000.[27] The film also drew more than 1.6 million viewers in South Korea — about 130,000 more than the Batman sequel The Dark Knight.[29] At a budget of US$80 million, along with media scrutiny over its lengthy and troubled shoot, including the death of a stunt man and the hospitalisation of its producer, the film was viewed by many as a big financial gamble, but industry insiders reported that good word-of-mouth and positive reviews appeared to be paying off for the film's strong box-office revenue.[30]

The Associated Press (AP) gave the film a glowing review, writing, "John Woo displays the crucial distinction in the magnificently told Red Cliff, the Hong Kong director's triumphant return to Chinese film after 16 years in Hollywood" and "with Red Cliff, Woo shows he's still a masterful director to be reckoned with."[31]

The Hollywood Reporter also gave the film a positive review, writing, "A formidable prelude to an epic battle with resplendent effects and action spectacles."[32]

Variety also gave the film a favourable review, and describes Red Cliff: "balances character, grit, spectacle and visceral action in a meaty, dramatically satisfying pie that delivers on the hype and will surprise many who felt Woo progressively lost his mojo during his long years stateside." The review also states that the picture may however disappoint those simply looking for a costume retread of his kinetic 80s action films, such as Heroes Shed No Tears and A Better Tomorrow.[33]

The Korea Times writes: "Finally, Asian cinema sees the birth of a movie with the grandeur ― in both budget and inspiration ― of epic franchises like The Lord of the Rings." "Hefty action sequences are knit together with delightful detail, including poetic animal imagery. While the Asian-ness of movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon caters to a Western audience, Red Cliff captures the heart and soul of the Asian philosophy with a more universal appeal."[34] One of South Korea's main English-language newspapers JoongAng Daily raves about the film by stating "the historical China film lived up to its expectations in more ways than one."[35]

The Japan Times gave the film a high praise and states "Red Cliff brings all that and more to the screen — a whopping two and a half hours of frenzied action, feverish passion and elegantly choreographed battle scenes..."[36] and listed the film at the end of the year as one of the best international (non-Japanese) films of 2008.[37]

The Malaysian national newspaper New Straits Times also gave the film an enthusiastic review, and states: "The first film is breathtaking in its grandeur, with awe-inspiring battle scenes." The review also praised the film's 'impressive' cinematography and noted that "the characters are all well fleshed-out, complete with individual quirks and mannerisms."[38]

The Vietnamese newspaper Thanh Nien Daily remarked: "Red Cliff’s action is epic. Drawing from actual battle tactics from 1,800 years ago, Woo proves that after all these years he still has the ability to make the action fresh and one-of-a-kind by blending grace with violence in a whole new genre. Lovers of Asian cinema can rejoice, John Woo is back."[39]

Second part Asia release[edit]

The second half of the film was released in China on 7 January 2009. The Hollywood Reporter writes: "It is director John Woo's level-headed ordering of narrative sequence, his skill in devising kinetic live-action to off-set technical ostentation and his vision of how to turn epic into entertainment that propels "Red Cliff II" to a thundering climax," and "colossal production turns history into legend by splashing out on spectacle and entertainment."[40]

Variety describes the film as "Delivers in spades...with characters already established, this half is expectedly heavier on action...though still pack beaucoup human interest prior to the final hour's barnstorming battle," and states the film overall as "in this 280-minute, two-part version, helmer-producer Woo and fellow producer Terence Chang have indeed crafted one of the great Chinese costume epics of all time."[41]

The Japan Times gave the second film 4.5 stars out of 5, stating that the "visually stunning Chinese historical epic ratchets the entertainment factor up to eleven."[42]

Western release[edit]

Western critics also reacted positively to the film when the two parts were released as one film (148 minute version) in June 2009. The film received an 89 percent rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 106 reviews, the general consensus being that the film had "impressively grand battlefield action" with the majority of critics agreeing that director John Woo "returns to form" with Red Cliff.[43]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Part I[edit]

Awards
Award Category Name Outcome
3rd Asian Film Awards Best Picture Nominated
Best Director John Woo Nominated
Best Visual Effects Craig Hayes Won
28th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Picture Nominated
Best Director John Woo Nominated
Best Actor Tony Leung Chiu-Wai Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Zhang Fengyi Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Zhao Wei Nominated
Best New Actor Lin Chi-ling Nominated
Best Cinematography Lü Yue, Zhang Li Nominated
Best Film Editing Angie Lam, Robert A. Ferreti, Yang Hongyu Nominated
Best Art Direction Timmy Yip Won
Best Costume and Make-up Design Timmy Yip Won
Best Action Choreography Corey Yuen Nominated
Best Sound Design Wu Jiang, Roger Savage Won
Best Visual Effects Craig Hayes Won
Best Original Score Tarō Iwashiro Won
Best Original Song "Mind Battle: Red Cliff" Nominated
32nd Japan Academy Prize Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Part II[edit]

Awards
Award Category Name Outcome
29th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Picture Nominated
Best Director John Woo Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Chang Chen Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Zhao Wei Nominated
Best Cinematography Lü Yue, Zhang Li Nominated
Best Film Editing David Wu, Angie Lam, Yang Hongyu Nominated
Best Art Direction Timmy Yip Nominated
Best Costume and Make-up Design Timmy Yip Nominated
Best Action Choreography Corey Yuen Nominated
Best Sound Design Wu Jiang, Steve Burgess Won
Best Visual Effects Craig Hayes Nominated
Best Original Score Tarō Iwashiro Nominated
Best Original Song "River of No Return" Nominated
33rd Japan Academy Prize Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
14th Satellite Awards Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Best Film Editing Angie Lam, Yang Hongyu, Robert A. Ferretti Nominated
Best Art Direction and Production Design Timmy Yip, Eddy Wong Nominated
Best Costume Design Timmy Yip Nominated
Best Cinematography Lü Yue, Zhang Li Nominated
Best Visual Effects Craig Hayes Nominated
Best Sound (Mixing and Editing) Roger Savage, Steve Burgess Won
36th Saturn Awards Best International Film
Best Music Taro Iwashiro
Best Costume
13th LVFCS Awards Best Foreign Language Film Won
15th BFCA Critics' Choice Awards Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
8th WAFCA Awards Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
3rd HFCS Awards Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
16th DFWFCA Awards Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Music[edit]

Red Cliff (Part I): Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Tarō Iwashiro &
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Released 25 July 2008
Length 65:04[44]
Label Avex Trax

Soundtrack for part I[edit]

Tracklist:

  1. The Beginning (3:16)
  2. Beat on the Battle (6:42)
  3. Just Offensive Attack (5:48)
  4. Precious One (5:21)
  5. Hill of the Refugees (5:01)
  6. Closing in Upon the Enemy (4:14)
  7. Previous Day (2:37)
  8. Tricky Mischief (1:44)
  9. A Hero and a Boy (1:39)
  10. Decision For Justice (3:57)
  11. In Loneliness (5:36)
  12. Battle to Battle (4:40)
  13. Blood Color (2:25)
  14. Beyond the River (4:58)
  15. Theme song of Part I (end-roll version) (7:09)
Red Cliff: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Tarō Iwashiro &
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Released 20 January 2009 (CN)
4 April 2009 (JP)
23 November 2009 (US)
Length 64:23[45]
Label Avex Trax (CN/JP)
Silva Screen (US)

Soundtrack for the full-length film[edit]

Tracklist:

  1. The Battle Of Red Cliff (3:05)
  2. On The Battlefield (8:43)
  3. Light Of The Evanescence (2:32)
  4. Shadow Of The Evanescence (2:26)
  5. Shooooot! (1:43)
  6. Decision For Justice (3:58)
  7. Secret Stratagem (1:51)
  8. Closing In Upon The Enemy (4:13)
  9. Unseen Locus (3:01)
  10. Precious One (5:22)
  11. Sound Of Heartstrings (1:35)
  12. In Loneliness (5:35)
  13. Beyond The River (4:19)
  14. Theme Song of Part I (end-roll version) (7:12)
  15. Outroduction Of Legend (5:16)
  16. Theme Song of Part II (end-roll version) (3:32)

Theme songs[edit]

# Song title Song credits More information
1 心・戰 ~RED CLIFF~
(pinyin: Xīn Zhàn ~Red Cliff~)
(translation: Mind Battle ~Red Cliff~)
Composed by Tarō Iwashiro
Lyrics by Francis Lee
Performed by alan
The theme song of Part I (excluding in Japan).
2 赤壁 ~大江東去~
(pinyin: Chì Bì ~Dà Jiāng Dōng Qù~)
(translation: Red Cliff ~The Great River Goes East~)
The theme song of Part II (excluding in Japan).
The theme song of the Western release.
Its official English title is "River of No Return".
3 RED CLIFF ~心・戦~
(rōmaji: Red Cliff ~Shin Sen~)
(translation: Red Cliff ~Mind Battle~)
Composed by Tarō Iwashiro
Lyrics by Gorō Matsui
Performed by alan
The theme song of Part I in Japan.
Theme song #1's Japanese version.
4 久遠の河
(rōmaji: Kuon no Kawa)
(translation: The Eternal River)
The theme song of Part II in Japan.
Theme song #2's Japanese version.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Total Gross: Red Cliff (Part II)
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