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Wanna Take A Leap Off John Woo's RED CLIFF? Looks Like One Helluva Ride!

Published at: Feb. 2, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here... When Paul Verhoeven went home, he made BLACK BOOK... Now, John Woo has returned to Asia - and he has made RED CLIFF - An enormous Asian production of $75 million - Woo is setting this epic in the Three Kingdoms period in China - and daammmnnnn.... it looks huge. I'm giddy to see what comes from this film - and can not wait to see it. Is this the rebirth of John Woo? A John Woo without the pain in the ass of dealing with Studios that just don't get him? Who knows - I do know that having John Woo make a Chinese Epic with this scale of finance and cooperation... it could be the makings of greatness. Check this pixelly YouTube trailer to see for yourself...






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  • Feb. 2, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Where's Chow Y. Phat

    by BGDAWES

    Was he or wasn't he supposed to be in this?

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    One other thing...

    by BGDAWES

    Fist bitches. <br> <br> Yeah, fist...right in your face.

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Kung fu epic delicous

    by 5 by 5

    Bring it Woo!

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 9:05 p.m. CST

    DOVE!

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    SHIPOOPI!

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST

    he should do the Monkey King

    by Prossor

    this is epic. shits all over crouching homo hidden faggot.

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Gotta love Woo!

    by GravyAkira

    Ill pay to see this. It looks like one of my favorite filmmakers is returning to top form so ill support it. Glad to see him back in his native land away from garbage Hollywood scripts!

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Three Kingdoms

    by picardsucks

    More excited about the other one being made with Andy lau and Ti Lung by badass Danny Lee. Looks sweet though, like Tony Leung as well.

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Asia gets 2 2hr movies. US get 1 _ 2.5hr movie.

    by George Newman

    Hope this changes but that has been the announced plan

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    And if you like this rent or buy Battle of Wits

    by picardsucks

    Awesome badass film available at many Blockbuster stores. Picture Chinese Gladiator with Andy Lau leading thousands of peasants and inexperianced troops against tens of thousands of hardened invaders. All while trying to fight off the treachery of a stone fall down drunk ingrate King he is trying to help. Great film. Better than The Warlords or Seven Swords.

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Tony Leung's Scrotum...

    by samuraiyao

    Pretty huge....

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Cao Cao

    by Vigilant

    Love Three Kingdoms story/games/history. John Woo doing this is amazing. Only thing better would be a trilogy with Ang Lee as director of the next one. But who the third???

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 9:58 p.m. CST

    looks like an intro for a videogame

    by ludmir88

    chinese brainless action!!! yeah again.

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Looks cool!

    by NoodlesHahn

    But isn't the "A John Woo Film" superimposed over a white dove a bit redundant?

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    ludmir88: Brilliant!

    by MaxTheSilent

    That's exactly what it looks like. Just a meaningless jumble of action and cool poses. Much like most of Woo's films, actually.

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 10:52 p.m. CST

    John Woo & the "Studios that just don't get him"

    by LoneGun

    John Woo has had numerous opportunities in the U.S. to make the kind of action pictures he made in Asia, and while the results have often been fun, they haven't remotely compared to his earlier work. How is that the fault of the Studios, however? Verhoeven, given the same opportunities as Woo, did remarkable work in the States, edgy, audacious and wickedly satirical. I love Woo and will always root for him to make good movies, but as a director he has to take responsibility for his films. I hope RED CLIFF rocks.

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Woo is at his best working without Shitseltown's interference

    by KillaKane

    So glad he's back working on home turf, this looks like a return to form of the brilliance of Killers, Bullet in the Head, Hard Boiled etc.

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Looks great. But..

    by quamb

    Maybe they could have cut the cost in half if every shot didn't have hundreds of extras in it! :P

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Welcome back Woo!

    by Jubs

    I worshipped the ground John Woo walked on after I saw The Killer and Hard Boiled. I was afraid he might have lost it after the constant Hollywood neuterings. So gald hes back in familiar territory!

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    please don't suck

    by Mr.Slade

    I haven't enjoyed a John Woo film since Face/Off, to me windtalkers and paycheck where huge pieces of shit, I hope going back home brings back the Woo that got me interested in film

  • Feb. 2, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST

    *Yawn*

    by thematrix

    Pretty bland looking trailer. Looks like yet another standard issue, generic Chinese period piece. Pretty strange that Woo would be involved with something like this. Not his type of genre at all.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    That's China for ya

    by Teddy Artery

    When I went to China the first time about seven years ago, it was my first trip outside the borders of the US. Talk about culture shock. The size of the country and the sheer number of people really impressed me. Another thing that made an impression was the horrific level of air pollution. I felt like my lungs were on fire in Beijing. I've been there three times since and they have made spectacular progress in the short time I've been going there. This is a good move for Woo. With China ascendant he can finally get in on the epic filmmaking he could only dream of in the US.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Kick the guy in the face.

    by skywalkerfamily

    Uh yeah, Woo can't stage a coherent fight scene to save his life.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Looks good. Looks very good

    by moviemaniac-7

    Seems better to me than all of Woo's US stuff combined. Okay, maybe excluding Face/Off.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Alan will kick some ass...again!

    by Cronenfly

    HB

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Not impressed...

    by That 70s Venom

    I think Edward Zwick's Last Samurai is as good as it's gonna be for a while. This crap is no threat to it. Yeah I know, this is Chinese and Last Samurai is Japanese, but they all look the same really.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Michael Douglas said

    by hallmitchell

    When Face Off was a hit. Let Woo be Woo. Smart guy!

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Who's Cliff?

    by DimensionsPlural

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST

    A Quinn Martin Production

    by aboriginal

    Sponsored by Dove Soap and Dove Chocolate

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Looks cool. Very cool.

    by SpencerTrilby

    except for the dove shot, and the long haired girl mimicking an old Head&Shoulders ad. Apart from that this trailer kicked my ass.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Turned out to be a great cast...

    by Sakurai

    Even with all those crazy switching of roles. Leung leaves, Watanabe denied,Chow Yun-Fat leaves. I was really worried at this point. BUT... Then Leung comes back as Chow Yun-Fat's role and then Kaneshiro comes in and takes his old role. Sheesh. Its like musical chairs. But I am happy and very anxious to see this one on the big screen.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Just thinking Where are the doves?

    by FILMFUNK

    When a massive big fat one flies in there at the end to say ''John Woo Film!''<P>That's the problem for me with all these Floating Daggers/Flying Heroes, they all look the same! : Big temples, lots of banners, masses of soldiers with Spears in snow with red flags and end of level bosses doing rediculous Sword slashy poses trying to look all Hard in Slo-Mo. I like John Woo - The Killer or Bullet in The Head amazed me but not American Woo - Broken Arrow or Mission Improbable 2! the cross over doesn't work bit like Jackie Chan just looks like a fish out of water when he has to listen to that asscrack Tucker blabbering in his lug iunstead of just kicking ass! <P>Least it's a home made flick for Woo though although i doubt i can sit through another Swords and Bamboo 3 hour Melodrama!

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Looks incredibly generic

    by turk128

    It really does. Lowering expectations.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Hard Target, Broken Arrow, Paycheck, etc. Woo

    by CreasyBear

    has not put out good American product. I loved the over-the-top carnage of Hard Boiled, but the only things that stand out in his American movies are the stupid doves (he may as well just lean into the frame in the middle of his movie and wink at the audience), and the insufferable slow-mo shots that don't magnify the action, they just water it down and kill the excitement.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST

    ummm....I'd like to give Woo the benefit

    by Datascream

    of the doubt. But the trailer did absolutely NOTHING for me. All the movements were hyper dramatized and silly looking, especially the extended slow-mo shots (and there are a plenty). It looks to cobbled together, and just like every other chinese epic war movie I've seen in the past few years. Such as The Warrior, Curse of the Golden Flower and The Banquet. I'm sue there are plenty others...oh yeah, Hero too! Myabe the actual movie is good, but this trailer does nothing to get my excited.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Mission Impossible 2 was fucking atrocious

    by photoboy

    I mean they wrote it by coming up with a bunch of set-pieces and then writing a shitty story around it. And they hired Thandie Newton who always makes a film instant fail.<br><br> Woo's best work in Hollywood by far was Face/Off, if only he could have made more films like it.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    If you speed up all the slow-mo shots in MI:2, the movie is

    by CreasyBear

    fifteen minutes long, and thus, still fifteen minutes too long.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Here's what a lot of people...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...fail to realize: there's really not that much difference between Woo's HK and US films. <p> No, seriously. <p> Pretend that the entire casts of his HK films consist of western actors and then imagine his American films with Asian actors. It's all the same glossy, maudlin, stylized, homoerotic tubthumping. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, but at least be honest about it. People who say that no American Woo film feels like a "real" Woo film are deluding themselves. <p> Here's another test: how many of you who love Face/Off could watch that final atrociously sappy scene with the kid and not scream bloody murder if it had been directed by an American?

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Face/Off Sucks...

    by REDD

    MI:2 is better (okay, not saying much). I never buy Travolta in an action movie or as a bad guy. Cage, yes; Travolta, no.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Woo has been on such a bad streak it's almost...

    by rbatty024

    impossible to imagine him making a good film again. I liked both Broken Arrow and Face/Off (his best American film) but after that he's made a string of failures. At this point I think he's just lost "it".

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I'm proud of myself

    by freydis

    for recognizing so many characters and scenes. Let's go Zhang Fei!

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST

    JJ Woo

    by Therealumlaut

    I can't wait for JJ Abrams to "reinvent" it.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Dynasty Warriors...

    by Bruno Diaz

    the movie! But in a good way. Looks cool.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Im so sick of John Woo's worthless fucking DOVES!

    by --- Emperor ---

    Get the fuck over it, Mr. Woo, and learn that some dove flying around in-between scenes doesn't make your movies more profound or deep. You need a good script and vision and perspective for that. I loved your movies "The Killer" and especially "Hard Boiled"...but what have you made since? Face/Off was mediocre, and everything you have made since is pure pig shit. Get your thumb out of your chinese asshole, quit with the lame fucking doves flying around and get your act straight.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Hard Target Bitches

    by jub3i

    Van Damme's only "good" movie - Bloodsport and No Retreat, No Surrender excluded - of his moder career...<br><br>All thanks to John Motherfuckin' WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!1!1!<br><br>;)

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    More on Hard Target

    by jub3i

    Any movie that has Van Damme replying to the question, "Why do they call you 'Chance'?" with "my momma took one" is instant fucking classic material. It's true.<br><br>A while back, one of my buddies had the editor's reel and in the scene where Van Damme kills Marwan (from 24), he shoots him, with two handguns, a total of 48 times, meaning there were 48 distinct trigger pulls and gunshots. out of two 9-millimeter handguns.<br><br>nothing like using exposition in regards to clip capacity, aye John?

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST

    A Better Tomorrow, Hard Boiled and The Killer

    by picardsucks

    Were all awesome Woo and although he was handicapped by a bunch of coked up hollywood fruitcakes telling him he needed this and that and had to have a certain number of this ect, I think at this point Johnnie To is the king of artistic balssy action. The Mad Detective is on the way!!!!!

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Everyone go see Stephen Chow's "The King of Comedy"

    by Sakurai

    He does a great job of parodying Woo. Very very funny. Doves flying all over the place.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    That looks badass

    by ODM

    But when can expect some Fatty gunplay?

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    what? no Gong Li?

    by vaudeville villain

    from the looks of things, Woo's using most of the ingredients in the "asian period/action war film" recipe... might as well go all in.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Face/Off was retarded

    by gigantis2000

    in every possible way. Never seen any of his other movies, but, based on that one, I don't want to.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Doc Pazuz, I think you bring up an interesting point.

    by rbatty024

    Another example is the baby pissing in order to put the fire out in Hard Boiled. When I saw it I thought it was bizarre but funny because, ultimately, I'm watching a Hong Kong movie and I figure they go in for that kind of thing. Maybe there's some stuff that just doesn't cross cultural boundaries. If that baby scene happened in an American film I would have been pretty upset. Does this mean his films are just bad to begin with or does this mean his films don't necessarily translate. I'm going to go with the second option.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Looks EXACTLY like Golden Flower / Flying Daggers / Hero

    by Stollentroll

    ...which means I'm not going to watch it.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Maybe we've seen to many of these lately.

    by Knuckleduster

    They really need to find a new angle for all these Eastern period epics.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Daaaammn!

    by SkinJob69

    Looks good to me.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Establishing Shot: The Movie

    by Saluki

    I can't stop laughing. The point where the dove came out like some 70's logo had me on the ground. Anyways, this looks like a sloppy Yimou Zhang production more then anything else. Pass.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Is everyone who is ripping on this film forgetting...

    by Sakurai

    The cast is fantastic. What is wrong with you people? Because its an Asian film and it doesn't have a fight sequence in the trailer you pass? I guess we will have to wait till someone on AICN sings its praises, then you naysayers can jump on the bandwagon. As always...

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Why mump Golden Flower & Flying Daggers with Hero?!

    by turk128

    I don't get that at all, Hero had practically nothing in common with GF or FD. Hero was going back to the old school of martial arts storytelling, it was about the individual and was a great attempt to break thru the generic epics that's plaguing HK cinema.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    turk128

    by Stollentroll

    Well, unfortunately the three movies have the same director, Yimou Zhang.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Rambo bombs!

    by skywalkerfamily

    That sucks Sly.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Sorry... Couldn't understand a word of it.

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    And all of the subtitles are in some kind of gibberish! What the heck?!

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    face/off sucks???

    by cloudrider`

    it's the ONLY proof that his migration to hollywood was not for nothing! it's been downhill ever since he sold his soul to cruise and did that stupid ass pg-13 movie. a woo movie with no blood??!! wtf??!!

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    leave the doves alone.

    by cloudrider`

    you guys complaining about the doves are getting cliched. the doves are in the movie how long? 5 sec at the most? how about the gunbattles and debris flying for half the movie? how about the little cool character moments he always give to his actors? how about the punchline of his actions that nobody in hollywood does better? <p> to me, hard-boiled is the single best action movie ever made. yup, better than any film cameron/spielberg/wachowski ever done! there's so much artistry in any one action scene in that movie, it outclasses any stunts/special effect hollywood have ever conjured up.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Sloooooooow Moooooooe

    by HighPointBleed

    MI:2 was actually 45 minutes long if played without all that slo-mo BS. Woo is the shining example between "fast-paced action" vs. "stylized-artistic action"... Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    bacci40 Is Correct

    by HighPointBleed

    Both times... <br><br> The fact that "Hannah Montana", which having been subjected to (like secondhand smoke), is putrid. <br><br> HOWEVER, I hope my two step-daughters take after her vs. Jamie Lynn Spears.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    THAT'S AWESOME

    by BringingSexyBack

    Bring it on, I want this in my theater NOW. And love Tony Leung and that guy from House of Flying Daggers. WOO WOO

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I love what I see!

    by Johnno

    I'm down for this. And yeah the signature doves can get retardedly noticable, but whatever, some directors like to put some stuff like that in there, I'll get over it. And for for Chow Yun Fat, he was supposed to be in it, but apparently there was some falling out between him and Woo and he left or something...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is a Hanna Montana?

    by Knuckleduster

    And what is it doing in our cinemas?

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Hanna Montana is...

    by Sakurai

    the future. God help us all...

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    i'd take slo-mo over frenetic camera where you can't see shit

    by cloudrider`

    shaky cam is superficial. it's a copout. it's what you do when you can't stage action scenes well. everyone can shake their cameras and make the action looks busy. only woo can use slo-mo and makes the action looks beautiful.

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Van Damme's greatest moment...

    by LocoMotive

    Setting: Warehouse in Hard Target Line: Hey! Pigeon... Action: Roundhouse kicks a barrel into a baddie and blows barrel and guy to hell with a chrome shotgun. Now that's cinematic! Holy fuck i'm going to watch it now!