"Red Cliff, Part 1" marks the triumphant return of action-cinema master John Woo who reunites with international superstar Tony Leung for the first time since the 1992 classic "Hard Boiled." A breathtaking war epic, "Red Cliff, Part 1" brings to the screen the legendary tale of the Battle of Red Cliff that took place in China in 208 AD. Red Cliff opens with power hungry Prime Minister-turned-General Cao Cao (Zhang Fengyi) seeking permission from the Han dynasty Emperor to organize a southward-bound mission designed to crush two troublesome warlords that stand in his way, Liu Bei (You Yong) and Sun Quan (Chang Chen). As the expedition gets under way, Cao Cao's troops rain destruction on Liu Bei's army, forcing the latter to retreat. Liu Bei's military strategist Kong Ming (Takeshi Kaneshiro) knows that their only hope for survival is to form an alliance with rival warlord Sun Quan, and reaches out to Sun Quan’s trusted advisor, war hero Zhou Yu (Tony Leung). Vastly outnumbered by Cao Cao’s fast approaching, brutal army, the rebel warlords band together to mount a heroic campaign unrivaled in history that changes the face of China forever.
Starring Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang
Director John Woo