All those little (large) things you hate about the cinema happen here in China. Playing with mobile phones, texting there friends and family every minute, bad ringtones, talking loudly i experienced them all in the first movie. I have to say the other movies there wasnt really much of the mobile phone use happening but it was still annoying. If they where to use the warning messege you get before movies in UK about use of mobile phones, it would be all out war. I would n’t want to be a usher as you would spend more time ejecting people from the screen, the screen would be empty by the end of the movie!!! The cinema would have a new peoples revoultion on their hands. Continue reading
Most of us are used to going to cinema’s in UK to those big American Style multiplex out of town cinema with 10 or more screens with all the latest big blockbusters, everything in big scale including the ticket price.
Some people are fortunate to been in a town which still has the old style art deco town centre picturehouse, Ive also experienced cinemas in Greece and Italy too. Many in Greece are big openeair in main holiday resorts, Italy has a mixture of old and new cinemas, recently I got back from China visiting my girlfriend and before I got there she told me she wanted to go to cinema so i got very excited on the prospect of visiting cinemas in another country.
Review date: 16 June, 2009
Money has been really tight the past few weeks and now im offically unemployed regularly going on my favourite weekly passtime is going to be hard especially with all the big movies coming out. Saturday I really wanted to go and see this but decided againist but now I dont have much to do I decided what the heck and went for it.
I was not disappointed. Red Cliff or Chibi its Chinese name was orginally released in China last year over 4 hours long but UK version has been watered down to 2 and half hours. The story is set in early 3rd century China when the country’s warlord prime minister Cao Cao (Fengyi Zhang) persuades emperor Han the only way to unite China is to declare war on the warlords of southern empires Lui Bei (Young Yui) and Sun Quan (chen Chang). Cao Cao leads an army of million soldiers on war campgain through China to the south leaving no person alive, Zuge Liang (Takeshi Kaneshiro) Lui Bei Strategist goes on a mission plea to Sun Quan to form an allience and this is done only through convincing Viceroy Zhou Yu (Tony lueng, Hard Boiled Cop/Internal Affairs). Even with the alliance they are still outnumbered they will fight to the death at Red Cliff mountain, the ironic thing of the whole war is over a woman Sun Shangxiang (Wei Zhao).
This is a long film, but a true masterpiece and definitely John Woo’s best film Since Hard Boiled Cop (Lueng/Chow Yun Fat) and even lesser extent Face Off. This is John Woo’s first venture back into his homeland cinema since the early 1990s and boy what a return! its a little like Sami Raimi’s return the horror genre with drag me to hell, a refreshing return to what Woo does best big action, big fighting all out drama!!! From the word go the film starts with a battle introducing Cao Cao and Lui Bei and all through the film it is virtually all through it with the occasional human parts . The fight seens are just mind blowing with coegrapghy that would make lord of the rings and the matrix jealous. The cinematography is just wonderful with pannig out shot of Cao Cao’s Navy fleet sails up the Yangtzee river showing how massive his army is as they make there way to Red Cliff, the shots also show how beautiful the Chinese landscape is as well, (fortunately next month I will experience China myself). The battle seens are violent and brutal but for those who dont have a strong stomach they dont over do it with the blood gore, but what a end battle seen, this has got to be one of the best end battles I have seen in a long time and for us John Woo diehards out there theres even the a typical Woo scene when his films 2 main characters meet face to face and turn around and have guns in there faces but this time swords (i:e like Lueng and Fat in Hard Boiled Cop).
Be warned it is 150 minutes long pre buy your munchies before you go into the screen as you will be treated a wonderful visionary masterpiece. This film has been labelled the Asian Troy, I can see where there coming, it’s just a shame that many people have a shelfish attitude towards any foreign language films that are released here in UK, Id to them think again, when you realise the amount of inspiration Asia has given Western film directors you would think twice and give these movies a look, Red Cliff you wont be dissappointed, excellent movie.