From the acclaimed director of Mission: Impossible 2, Face/Off, Hard Boiled and The Killer, comes a dazzling, visionary epic based on the legendary Battle of Red Cliff, in which a force of fifty thousand defeated an army of nearly one million. Red Cliff, opening on November 18th, marks the director's return to Chinese language films and also re-teams him with his Hard Boiled star, Tony Leung. We recently had a chance to speak with the legendary Chinese director about his new film, the passion that brought it to the screen, the true-story of the battle of Red Cliff and his distinguished career. To watch our exclusive interview click on the video clip below.
In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minister 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. Starring Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen and Zhao Wei, directed by John Woo, Red Cliff, opens in theaters on November 18th.