Action director John Woo's historical epic Red Cliff, with a budget of $40million, grossed $119 million in the Worldwide box-office, since it's foreign release last year. The numbers don't sound too impressive, unless you consider this: It's both the highest grossing and highest-budgeted film to come out of the Chinese film industry! And all without a US release.
Now LatinoReview is reporting that Red Cliff will see an American release in select theaters on November 20th and VOD, Xbox Live, and Amazon release on October 22nd. So my dad, who saw it on a plane, can finally stop telling me about it!
Based on the Chinese classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Red Cliff is a recounting China's 208 A.D. Battle of Red Cliffs and the subsequent fall of the Han Dynasty.
In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster 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.
Check out the US poster, and let us know if you plan on checking out Red Cliff!
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