Beautiful New Poster for John Woo's Red Cliff
Although I'm not particularly a big John Woo fan, I was actually very interested in seeing Red Cliff, probably because I was hoping it'd be a throwback to his older films in some way. For those unaware, Red Cliff is a two part ancient Chinese history war epic that Woo shot in 2007. It actually debuted theatrically in China last July, but oddly, no US distributor ever bought it. It went on to make the most money in Chinese box office history (roughly $44 million), yet it still has no US distributor or film festival plans. However, we do have a new Australian poster to remind us that we're still not sure when we'll ever see Red Cliff.
Thanks to IMPAwards for the poster and thanks to everyone on Twitter who helped me choose this poster. We actually first ran a teaser trailer for this more than a year ago, as a reminder of how long its been.
In 208 A.D., during the final days of the Han Dynasty, Prime Minister Cao Cao convinced Emperor Han that 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 ensued, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the battle of Red Cliff.
Red Cliff is directed by Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo, of Broken Arrow, Face/Off, Mission: Impossible II, and Paycheck most recently, in addition to numerous Chinese films. The screenplay was co-written by John Woo, Chan Khan, Kuo Cheng, and Sheng Heyu. This film is an adaptation of Guanzhong Luo's novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms". Red Cliff does not have a US distributor yet and hasn't shown anywhere in the US. We're not sure when this might show up, but we're hoping it will be by the end of 2009.