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Does what a movie should

Posted : 9 years, 7 months ago on 19 February 2009 02:59 (A review of Red Cliff)

This is a big war movie, "Lord of the Rings" style, based on one of the most famous stories from the start of the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history. The tyrannical Cao Cao has convinced the feeble emperor to make him Prime Minister and let him lead an expedition to conquer the independent southland. The movie follows the creation of an alliance between the freedom-loving kingdoms of Wu and Shu and their initial battle with Cao Cao, and focuses on the larger-than-life heroic characters of the leaders of Wu and Shu. The movie ends with the two armies set up across the Yangtze River from each other, ready for the final battle in Red Cliff: II.

No real surprises, but it's good fun. It's an all-star Chinese/HK-movie cast.

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Does what a movie should

Posted : 9 years, 7 months ago on 19 February 2009 02:25 (A review of Red Cliff Part II)

It's a lot like Red Cliff: Part I. If you like big sweeping war movies and costume dramas with a lot of explosions and guys falling off walls on fire, this is your film. If you like Chinese/HK movies it's also an all-star cast. It was a good time on a Saturday afternoon.

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