Red Cliff (Chi Bi)
Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009)

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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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2008
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring some impressively grand battlefield action, John Woo returns to Asia and returns to form in the process for this lavish and slick historical epic.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The director's magnum opus.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Woo has re-embraced his Chinese roots with brutal commitment.

Christoph Huber
Cinema Scope

... its structure and satisfactions are more conventional, but the overall conception is as remarkable.

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Detroit News

The result is an awfully big and powerful movie, even in abbreviated form.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Louis Proyect

Thank god that Woo left Hollywood. This is the masterpiece he was destined to make.

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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter

A formidable prelude to an epic battle with resplendent effects and action spectacles.

Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer

It's hard to know what we're missing from the extended cut, but this Red Cliff feels awfully complete to me.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

The art of war done John Woo style, Red Cliff is an entertaining and grandiose return to form by the master of action cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
Red Cliff is an epic retelling of the battle of Red Cliffs in which a power hungry politician attempts to invade the peaceful lands of the south to unite the… More
Chris Weber
*Note* I watched the U.S. theatrical version, which runs 158 minutes, and is a combination of varying amounts of parts 1 and 2 of the original Chinese version.… More
Dean King
A decent big battle epic film by John Woo. The fight scenes are good and on a huge scale. Sadly there wasn't a great deal of plot, just waiting for the… More
Reid Volk
After a spat of lackluster films in America, Woo went back to China armed with the largest budget to date, and the result is a melange of breathtaking visuals,… More
Jens S.
John Woo's epic movie about the historical Chinese battle at the red cliffs has everything you expect from a film of such a scale: interesting characters… More
Cynthia S.
Part one and two. This is more of a mini series, due to the fact that it is almost 5 hrs. long. I can sum this up in one word...WOW! Amazing story. Well done.… More