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Red Cliff/ Chi Bi

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  Red Cliff/ Chi Bi Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
6.00 /10
Chen Chang Ö Sun Quan, Yong Hou Ö Lu Su
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Directed by: John Woo
Written by: Khan Chan, Cheng Kuo, Heyu Sheng, John Woo, based on the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Guanzhong Luo

Released: 2008
Origin: China
Length: 148

A bloodthirsty costume epic directed for maximum gruesomeness by John Woo.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Itís a simplistic, melodramatic collision of bad, warlike guys and good, peace-loving ones, though on the battlefield itís difficult to tell them apart.

There are spectacular set-pieces, and a few insights into military strategy of the early middle ages, but the movie has all too obviously been cut down from five hours to 148 minutes for western consumption, with a predictable sacrifice of character depth and narrative coherence.

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