you're either born as a Chinese speaking person (or a Vietnamese as in my case) to be able to truly understand the glorious history (and the beauty of language) that this movie was based on. otherwise, you'd watch it as another blockbuster war movie for fun. I still hope someone out there can appreciate this movie not just because of the visuals or the director or the famous cast.
Grande spiegamento di forze,ritmo cadenzato,scene spettacolari,sangue in evidenza e cast in grande spolvero.Con queste premesse è troppo facile per uno come Woo imbastire una storia di ottimo impatto visivo ed emozionale,a volte un pò troppo dilatato,a volte un pò troppo frenetico,ma senza dubbio di grande presa per i fans del genere.Onore,vendetta,amore e sentimenti,tutto mischiato e confezionato con stile.
This film seems to mirror Woo's difficulty maintaining a balance between Western and Eastern identities. For example, the orchestral music is consistently out of place and unsuitable; the clever banter between heroes reeks more of The Expendables than ancient warriors; and too much attention to clever graphics takes away from any sense of a clear story. Fun, but not fantastic.
It's beautiful to look at in a flashy, colour-coded way, and eager to show you its sense of scale; "Red Cliff" is cinema fairy tale, complete with epic battles, wise heroes, a tomboy princess, and a beautiful, insufferably saintly wife in peril. Real life isn't like that, but why go to the movies to see things As They Really Were?
Jesus Christ, the American edit was horrible. I was lucky enough to see both the American edit in theaters(which was severely undeveloped, mostly just crazy action sequences) and then the 5 hour version in a Detroit theater which was stunning and very moving. I wouldn't even bother with the edit, wait for a chance to see the real thing. I feel lucky to have seen the unabridged version on a big screen. Perfect!