Red Cliff (Chi Bi)
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The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"The director's magnum opus."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Woo has re-embraced his Chinese roots with brutal commitment."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Thank god that Woo left Hollywood. This is the masterpiece he was destined to make."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"After years of civil war, Prime Minister General Cao Cao attempts to unite the empire under the Han Dynasty by quashing two troublesome warlords."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"John Woo's best work has always been mysterious to me. He makes operas - we don't need to understand the words to sense their power."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The result is an awfully big and powerful movie, even in abbreviated form."
‑ , Detroit News
"Flaws and all, you can't watch a frame of it without feeling that it has been generations since Hollywood tackled anything on this scale."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The art of war done John Woo style, Red Cliff is an entertaining and grandiose return to form by the master of action cinema."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"It's like the most complicated game of Stratego ever. Still, if you used to while away Saturday afternoons watching martial arts epics on cable, you'll have a good time."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It's not top-notch Woo, but it's also not Hollywood so-so Woo."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A formidable prelude to an epic battle with resplendent effects and action spectacles."
‑ Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter
"It's hard to know what we're missing from the extended cut, but this Red Cliff feels awfully complete to me."
‑ Sara Vilkomerson, New York Observer
"... a magnificent military epic with the scale of Lord of the Rings and the grand visual majesty of the recent wave of Chinese historical epics..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"You may have the biggest flat-screen DLP monitor in the city, but Red Cliff will never look half as spectacular as it will on the big -- and I mean really big -- screen."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"This is one of the best foreign language films of 2009. Woo demonstrates a storytelling style of swiftness and grandeur that has been compared to the samurai classics of Akira Kurosawa."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
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