Red Cliff

Jun. 21st, 2009 11:11 am
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Yesterday I saw Red Cliff which is a Chinese historial epic by John Woo. I had no idea about it going in and I was very impressed. I don't know how historically accurate it is although I'm a bit dubious especially about how nice some of the characters are and how Woo has attributed planning to things that were probably just luck in the original battles. But the storytelling in the film is superb, the balance between military tactics, grand battles, individual fights and character developement is perfect.
It made me think of world war 2 epics in particular where one side is a very clear aggressor and there is a definite split between the good guys and bad guys. There is even a Normandy landing style scene.
I found myself really drawn in and excited by it. If you have the stamina for a three hour film I highly reccomend it.

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