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  1.  (820.1)
    John Woo has escaped Hollywood and made a 75-80 million martial arts/history epic set during The Three Kingdoms.

    The Battle of Red Cliff



    Anyone have a link to a better copy of the trailer?
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      CommentAuthorJaredRules
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2008
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    me wanna see!!!
  2.  (820.3)
    Very nice.
  3.  (820.4)
    The editing in John Woo's HK stuff was always spectacular. In my mind that's what made them great. This looks pretty cool, and it'd be nice to see a new JW film that doesn't suck.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
     (820.5)
    Been looking forward to this for a while now (I'm a bit of a Three Kingdoms fanboy). It's had a very tortured development, with people walking out on it and many questions asked of the huge budget. The Chinese government have always been behind it though, they see it as one of the cornerstones of promoting their country in Olympic year. There was talk that it was going to be split into two films, not sure if that's still the case.
  4.  (820.6)
    Making his own Ran/Kagemusha eh? It looks like it should be a good addition though.
  5.  (820.7)
    Let's see if the old man's really got one good film left in him.
  6.  (820.8)
    I love The Killer with every fiber of my being. That's been reason enough for me to see this. I believe in the Woo.

    Will
    • CommentAuthorNecros
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
     (820.9)
    I hope this one is good, it would be nice to see something great from John Woo again.
  7.  (820.10)
    There's no way this won't be a box office hit in China - the Chinese government will ensure big corporations and factories buy huge job-lots of tickets, which has been standard procedure for "approved" heritage movies like HERO and CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER or OPIUM WAR.

    Whether that many people in China will actually bother to see it is another matter altogether.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
     (820.11)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Black Lagoon made me love the killer again. It was sort of like the ultimate version of the killer and the 14K triad bad jokes and all.

    The average Chinese is cynical enough to think they might as well go see it as they already paid for it. Besides propaganda has always been on the cutting edge of entertainment.

    I will have to see Opium War ,I missed that one and it is one of my favourite parts of history ,me being a cynic.
  8.  (820.12)
    Unsub:

    The average Chinese will watch a movie on pirated DVD or VCD before bothering to go to the cinema.

    OPIUM WAR was made in the late 90s. It was the most expensive Chinese film ever made at the time.
  9.  (820.13)
    Anyone heard of a US release date for this? I TA for an Asian Lit class (25 centuries of China and 20 centuries of Japan in 15 weeks, yes, we're nuts) and we can't wait!
  10.  (820.14)
    It' slated to open before the Olympics in China and Asia, but no US date yet.
  11.  (820.15)
    >Let's see if the old man's really got one good film left in him.
    I'm optimistic, but I wouldn't bet grandma's iron lung. Still, I will be there opening night with my fingers crossed.
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      CommentAuthorOwsler
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2008
     (820.16)
    This is the film Chow Yun-Fat walked out of..and then came back to. Got to feel your star has fallen far when the actor you shot to fame walks out of your film. Funnily enough the first actor to walk from the film, Leung Chiu-wai, realised the stress this was causing Woo, and agreed to return and play the Chow's role.

    Great to see it's all been wrapped up with any further complications. I'm glad the next film we'll get to see from Woo won't be another of his American films where he falls back on cliches.
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      CommentAuthorKPeff
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2008
     (820.17)
    I rewatched Braveheart this weekend, and it made me pine for good non-CGI epics. The LotR movies were great and all, but I like my low-tech beheadings and Guinness Records for most bare asses on one screen. He made that movie for $50M or so, I think. Very impressive, despite all his Jew-hatery.

    And that's what this trailer reminded me of. It looks great. I'm glad he made this and not a Metroid movie.

    Someone should get 'anonymous' to help out with the marketing of this movie, since Cruise and MI:2 seem to have been why Woo stopped making movies his way.
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      CommentAuthorJack_Crow
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2008
     (820.18)
    ehh...i think that woo's own shitness has more to do with his shitty movies than tom cruise. PAYCHECK anyone? come on...even his hong kong movies are average at best...for me, of course. I probably will go to see that one...but as i went to see windtalkers or a lot of other shitty movies.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2008
     (820.19)
    I like how they sneak the trademarked slo-mo dove in there at the end. ;)
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      CommentAuthorOwsler
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2008
     (820.20)
    Paycheck was horrific. I don't know what had happened to Woo by that point.