Back in February we brought you the Chinese language version of the trailer for John Woo’s latest flick, Red Cliff. There’s still no word on American distribution, but it’s set to his Asia on July 10.
Red Cliff is set during the Three Kingdoms period of Ancient China (around 208 A.D.) and it tells the story of the Battle of Red Cliffs where a force of fifty thousand defeated an army of nearly one million. Red Cliff is supposedly the most expensive Chinese film ever made, costing an estimated $80M in US dollars.
This series of eight character posters were snapped at the Hong Kong International Film Mart where they were on display (which explains their poor quality).
The film is directed by John Woo, of course, and stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Koyuki, Shido Nakamura, Chen Chang and Fengyi Zhang and is based on historical events that took place in China 1,700 years ago and on a chapter in the popular novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.”
From the IMDB:
In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime Minister, himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu formed an unlikely alliance. Numerous battles of strength and wit ensued, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the battle of Red Cliff. During the battle, two thousand ships were burned, and the course of Chinese history was changed forever.