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Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | John Woo (Director) | Lin Chi Ling (Actor)
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After breaking box-office records with the 2008 release of Red Cliff, John Woo concludes his epic Three Kingdoms adaptation with Red Cliff 2. Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Infernal Affairs) and Kaneshiro Takeshi (Perhaps Love) return as Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang, and Zhang Feng Yi (Farewell, My Concubine) acts up a storm as the power-hungry Cao Cao. Chang Chen (The Go Master), Vicki Zhao (Painted Skin), Hu Jun (Infernal Affairs 2) and Nakamura Shido (Fearless) lend support, with Taiwanese model Lin Chi Ling taking on an expanded role as the beautiful Xiao Qiao, and Mainland actor Tong Da Wei joining the cast as one of Cao Cao's soldiers.

Despite the all-star cast, the action sequences are the star of this sequel. Red Cliff 2 climaxes with a riveting and stunningly realized fire attack at the water port of Red Cliff, as Zhao Yu leads the aligned Wu and Shu forces in a desperate attempt to repel Cao Cao's forces. In between the bloodletting and pyrotechnics, John Woo weaves in his trademark themes of brotherhood and honor, finding as much space in the film for emotion and character as he does for explosions and swordplay. A satisfying and vastly entertaining counterpart to the first film, Red Cliff 2 is already one of 2009's Chinese cinema highlights.

Picking up where the first film left off, Red Cliff 2 finds Wu princess Sun Shang Xiang (Vicki Zhao) behind enemy lines. As she plays spy for Shu strategist Zhuge Liang (Kaneshiro Takeshi), Sun Shang Xiang strikes up an inadvertent friendship with an unknowing enemy (Tong Da Wei). Beset by typhoid, Liu Bei (You Yong) and the Shu forces retreat, leaving only Zhuge Liang to aid the remaining forces of Wu. Zhuge Liang and Zhou Yu (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) resort to subterfuge and cunning mindgames, seeking any advantage against the increasingly overconfident Cao Cao (Zhang Feng Yi). However, their forces are still vastly outnumbered by Cao Cao's, and with the battle fast approaching, victory seems far from assured. In the end, their only hope may by an unexpected plan launched by Zhou Yu's wife, the beautiful Xiao Qiao (Lin Chi Ling), as well as a surprising change in the wind...

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Product Title: Red Cliff 2 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 赤壁 - 決戰天下 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 赤壁 - 决战天下 (Blu-ray) (香港版) レッドクリフ Part II - 未来への最終決戦 - (赤壁 - 決戰天下) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Red Cliff 2 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Lin Chi Ling (Actor) | Vicki Zhao (Actor) | Zhang Feng Yi (Actor) | You Yung | Chang Chen (Actor) | Hu Jun | Ba Sen | Tong Da Wei | Nakamura Shido | Zang Jin Sheng 梁 朝偉 (Actor) | 金城 武 (Actor) | 林志玲 (Actor) | 趙薇 (Actor) | 張豐毅 (Actor) | 尤 勇智 | 張震 (Actor) | 胡軍 | 巴森 | 佟 大為 | 中村 獅童 | 臧 金生 梁 朝伟 (Actor) | 金城 武 (Actor) | 林志玲 (Actor) | 赵薇 (Actor) | 张丰毅 (Actor) | 尤 勇智 | 张震 (Actor) | 胡军 | 巴森 | 佟 大为 | 中村 狮童 | 臧 金生 梁朝偉 (トニー・レオン) (Actor) | 金城武 (Actor) | 林志玲 (リン・チーリン) (Actor) | 趙薇 (ヴィッキー・チャオ) (Actor) | 張豊毅(チャン・フォンイー) (Actor) | 尤勇 (ヨウ・ヨン) | 張震(チャン・チェン) (Actor) | 胡軍(フー・ジュン) | Ba Sen | 佟大為 (トン・ダーウェイ) | 中村 獅童 | Zang Jin Sheng 양조위 (Actor) | 금성무 (Actor) | Lin Chi Ling (Actor) | Vicki Zhao (Actor) | Zhang Feng Yi (Actor) | You Yung | 장첸 (Actor) | 후 준 | Ba Sen | Tong Da Wei | Nakamura Shido | Zang Jin Sheng
Director: John Woo 吳宇森 吴宇森 呉宇森(ジョン・ウー) 오우삼
Action Director: Corey Yuen | Dion Lam 元奎 | 林迪安 元奎 | 林迪安 元奎(コリー・ユン) | Dion Lam Corey Yuen | Dion Lam
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2009-03-27
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: LPCM, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): 50 GB - Double Layer, Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 142 (mins)
Publisher: Mei Ah (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014460938

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* Video Resolution (maximum) : High Definition Widescrean Presentation (2.35:1)
* Audio Specifications: LPCM 7.1, DTS HD-MA 7.1, Dolby Digital TrueHD 7.1
* Special Feature:
- Trailer
- Teaser
- Interviews
- Photo Gallery

Directed by: John Woo

With a budget of US$80million, "Red Cliff" is the most expensive Asian-financed film to date. The movie is based on historical records of "The Chronicles of the Three Kingdom" rather than the novel, "Romance of the Three Kingdom". In the early third century, the land of Wu is invaded by the warlord Cao Cao and his soldiers. The ruler of Wu, Sun Quan (Chang Chen), calls on the rival warlord Liu Bei (You Yong) for help, but their two armies are still badly outnumbered. However, the strategists Zhou Yu (Tony Leung) and Zhuge Liang (Takeshi Kaneshiro) see that Cao Cao's army is unused to battling on the sea. With 200,000 men, Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang defeat Cao Cao's army at the Yangtze River.
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Awards

This film has won 1 award(s) and received 12 award nomination(s).
  • Hong Kong Films Awards 2010
    • Best Film Nomination
    • Best Director Nomination, John Woo
    • Best Supporting Actor Nomination, Chang Chen
    • Best Supporting Actress Nomination, Vicki Zhao
    • Best Cinematography Nomination, Lu Yue
    • Best Film Editing Nomination
    • Best Art Direction Nomination
    • Best Costume & Make Up Design Nomination
    • Best Action Choreography Nomination
    • Best Original Film Score Nomination, Iwashiro Taro
    • Best Original Film Song Nomination, alan
    • Best Sound Design Winner
    • Best Visual Effects Nomination
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Professional Review of "Red Cliff 2 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 11, 2009

This professional review refers to Red Cliff 2 (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
It needed to be better and it is. John Woo knocks one out of the park with Red Cliff II, besting the solid but somewhat underwhelming Red Cliff I and delivering an enormously entertaining spectacle that should please mass audiences and the John Woo faithful. Who won't be pleased? Probably the people who think that John Woo only equals gunplay, or those who find his particular brand of cinematic romanticism to be the height of unintentional hilarity. To be fair, Red Cliff II contains moments that could cause giggles, but they're simply a side effect of Woo's pronounced themes of brotherhood, and indeed the homoeroticism actually makes the film more enjoyable. More than anything, Red Cliff II works because it feels like a John Woo film, and builds effectively towards an exciting and entertaining finish. Neither film is an instant classic, their commercialism and obvious execution making it difficult to immediately label them such. Given time, however, the two Red Cliff films may yet be seen as popular art par excellence.

At the end of Red Cliff I, power-hungry Prime Minister Cao Cao (Zhang Fengyi) was set to attack the Shu-Wu Coalition camped out at the port of Red Cliff. Cao Cao is confident and rightly so; his numbers are superior, and his initial move - sending diseased corpses to Red Cliff - reduces morale and thins his enemy's ranks. Fearing the end for his people, Shu General Liu Bei (You Yong) retreats, taking with him trusted lieutenants Zhao Yun (Hu Jun), Guan Yu (Ba Sen Zha Bu), and Zhang Fei (Zang Jingsheng). That leaves Wu leader Sun Quan (Chang Chen) and his people manning Red Cliff, with the only Shu holdover being strategist Zhuge Liang (Takeshi Kaneshiro), who refuses to leave things undone. With knowing smiles and twinkling eyes, Zhuge Liang and Wu strategist Zhou Yu (Tony Leung Chiu-Wau) react to this crisis like any sane men would: they compete with one another to see if they can each fulfill impossible tasks. Zhuge Liang must produce 100,000 arrows in three days, while Zhou Yu must arrange for the death of Cao Cao's naval captains. The price for failure? Beheading.

Betting on such impossible odds with your own head sounds foolhardy, but that's simply how John Woo's romantic heroes joust and parry with one another. Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang show a nearly uncomfortable amount of admiration and respect for one another. And yet, they're also rivals who know that one day they may be foes. The actual Three Kingdoms lore bears out this eventuality, giving that onscreen relationship an ironic edge, but John Woo seems to be less concerned with the past or the future than with the now. Themes of brotherhood, friendship, and honor were already present in Three Kingdoms, but Woo takes them and runs wild, amping them up dramatically while making the characters and situations his own. In his hands, the Three Kingdoms seems only a stone's throw from the thematic excesses of The Killer or A Better Tomorrow. Chow Yun-Fat would have been right at home here.

Compared to the first Red Cliff, this second part moves much quicker, dispensing with backstory and going straight to the strategy and action. While Zhuge Liang and Zhou Yu devise clever ways to achieve their impossible tasks, Sun Xiang-Shang (Vicki Zhao) sneaks behind enemy lines, spying on Cao Cao's forces while also making an unwitting friend (Tong Dawei). When the eve of the battle finally arrives, everything seems aligned in Cao Cao's favor - most especially the wind, which makes a fire attack a bad idea for the Coalition. However, Zhuge Liang can apparently read the weather, and surmises that the wind will change in their favor. The trick then becomes waiting until the right time to attack, and the build-up is surprisingly engrossing. Woo uses his celebrated bag of tricks (freeze frames, dissolves, romantic montage, artful slow-motion) to create tension and emotion, with time-outs for some reverent acknowledgement of brotherhood and honor. It's all very inspiring in a cornball cinema kind of way, but this is John Woo's world and by the time he rolls out his old tropes, he's seemingly earned them. His technique is transparent, but he gets his desired emotional effect.

It's great that Woo can fall back on his old tricks, since many were previously deemed inappropriate for cynical Hollywood audiences. Ironically, one Woo signifier that he did squeeze into his Hollywood work - those damn white pigeons - is present here too, but the birds actually have a narrative function. Woo's use of women is also somewhat novel (at least for him). Vicki Zhao's Sun Shang-Xiang plays a large part, and makes a point of showing that her sex shouldn't be an issue. She also spends a good deal of the film in drag, and gets in on some of that John Woo homoeroticism herself - details that could prove ample fodder for gender film theorists who like to give Woo the raised eyebrow. However, there's also Lin Chi-Ling's Xiao Qiao, who seemed in danger of becoming Red Cliff's Helen of Troy, what with the indications that Cao Cao was going to war for her. That motivation is never truly confirmed, but it does offer Xiao Qiao a chance to get involved, as she plays a very key - and surprisingly tense - role in the final battle. Only a flower vase in the first film, Lin Chi-Ling does quite a bit more this time.

The action is also stronger this time. In Red Cliff I, the audience was treated to a strategic depiction of war with occasional pauses for supercool martial arts hero action. Those martial arts heroes are back; Hu Jun rules as Zhao Yun, making Andy Lau's take on the character in Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon seem like, well, just Andy Lau. Also, the battles are more chaotic and emotional than the clinical battlefield dissections of the original. Woo pulls out all the stops for the fire attack finale, as the battle moves from sea to land, with moments of strategy, self-sacrifice, friendship and brotherhood dotting each scene like required punctuation. The sequence is a long haul, but it's never droning, as the battle shows clear progression, with all the elements coming together until the main characters finally meet face-to-face as either foes or friends. Anyone who's seen a John Woo movie knows how this should end - with some variation on the classic Mexican standoff - and Woo doesn't disappoint. What's surprising is how he manages to keep the emotions strong until the very end.

Red Cliff I featured an old-school portrayal of war as necessary and even honorable, but in Red Cliff II one character does utter the hackneyed words, "There are no winners here." The words are true but unnecessary, and could easily have been excised. The stronger theme in Red Cliff is not that war produces no winners, but that those who practice treachery, dishonor and naked ambition should be brought down simply because it's the right thing to do. The characters in Red Cliff seem to live this mantra, giving up life and limb not for pride or gain, but simply to stop a megalomaniac from having his way. Like the best John Woo works, Red Cliff delivers theme and character through action, and finds places on the battlefield for characters to reveal themselves for who they are. Nothing is new in the details, but how and when they come to light prove to be entertaining and even affecting. Friendship and honor rule all in Red Cliff, and even wartime allegiances are of lesser importance.

Three Kingdoms purists may be upset with the liberties taken with the source material, but hopefully they'll still be able to enjoy Red Cliff II for its entertainment value. Besides the solid direction and fine technical credits, the actors are better this time around. Tony Leung is still conspicuously dubbed, but his performance is solid, and the strong ensemble cast aids him. In particular, Zhang Fengyi's Cao Cao makes a stronger impression than in the previous film, and Takeshi Kaneshiro now seems more comfortable as Zhuge Liang, imbuing the character with a knowing, righteous charm. In general, everyone seems to have grown into their roles, each handling their iconic characters with pronounced, but still playful seriousness. Still, it's not the actors but Woo who's the star, and he comes through, managing to make his common and even cliched themes matter. If Red Cliff I showed promise then Red Cliff II delivers with strong, entertaining authority. This is John Woo on a grand canvas, but despite the bigger budget and the larger scale, the film still feels like a personal one. Red Cliff II easily marks the best thing that Woo has done in over a decade, and hopefully is a sign of things to come. Given the lean Windtalkers/Paycheck years - and the resigned feeling that came with them - I'm just glad I'm alive to see this happen.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Red Cliff 2 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (7)

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January 20, 2014

1 people found this review helpful

A la Red Cliff 1 Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
As with part one, Red Cliff 2 is a feast for the eyes. Here's where the meat of the action lies. Not to say the first movie was lacking. But Showcased here is the actual Battler of Red Cliff. But like the first movie, you will have to make a pass on liberties taken throughout the movie to enjoy it for what it is. For example, the reason given for Cao Cao's attack on Red Cliff irks me somewhat. The most ambitious man in the Three Kingdoms era fighting over another man's wife? Yeah, not convinced. Also Vicky Zhou's character is definitely a liberal take. But granted, Vicky makes a convincing tomboy, and it's understandable that her character's role was much larger to accommodate her screen time. Also a word of warning: the final scene with Takeshi & Tony's character can be quite bracing. Especially if you're watching up close on a big screen - as I did, when I first watched it at the cinemas...
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January 3, 2010

This customer review refers to Red Cliff 2 (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Taiwan Version)
very good Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The first part (I) is a bit long and dull but the second part II is definitely captivating and well done. The clever plots, the beautiful language, the superb actors are all the elements you need for a good film. I watch it with my young daughter and husband. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. It's nice to know a little bit of the Chinese history as well.
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September 26, 2009

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GREAT MOVIE Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I LOVE THIS PART 2 THAN PART 1... WELL ASIDE FROM THE FACT THAT I PUT AN END TO THE WAR, I MADE SENSE WHY THEY ARE FIGHTING. IT'S WONDERFUL, THE COSTUME AND THE SETTING AND MOST ESPECIALLY THE FIGHT SCENES. HOW THEY ALL DIED FOR A CAUSE.. WONDERFUL DONE. GREAT CAST. WHAT CAN YOU ASKED MORE?? GET A COPY. BUT SUGGEST YOU SHOULD WATCH 1 FIRST.
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Kevin Kennedy
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July 8, 2009

This customer review refers to Red Cliff 2 (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Definitely a Woo-style war movie Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Red Cliff 2" is an astonishing war epic, filled with larger-than-life characters, intriguing strategic maneuvering, and spectacular battle scenes. It is, however, a film that leaves the viewer with ambivalent feelings. For good and for ill, the story is told in iconic fashion, filled with the kind of themes that became characteristic of director John Woo's Chow Yun Fat classics. This style gives some scenes an awfully pretentious feel. Moreover, the film's grand scale somehow overwhelms its emotional impact. The viewer is amazed by what director Woo has accomplished, but left wishing for more human interest and less superhuman derring-do. Nonetheless, the film's climactic struggle is so dramatic and involving that one can forgive the film's flaws. "Red Cliff 2" is highly recommended, but is not the landmark film for which I had hoped.
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May 18, 2009

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1 people found this review helpful

Another typical John Woo action movie Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Another typical John Woo's action movie - lots of actions but lousy story. Zhou Yu fought Cao Cao man to man!? Sun Shangxiang spied in Cao Cao's camp and a dump soldier saved her!? Xiao Qiao fell from the top of the tower, and saved by Zhou you!? What a joke.
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