Thursday, January 29, 2009
What better way to usher into the New Year than having a bloody and violent Chinese history lesson at the movies right? And we can all thank John Woo for saving the CNY movie genre with this 2nd part of Red Cliff.
After feeling slightly cheated by the trailer for the 1st movie, we are finally treated to some awesome battle scenes in the 2nd. But not before another hour of intense build up & strategizing.
Well, things are never that easy with the Chinese. Even war acquire a deeper, more philosophical meaning.
Listen as Zhou Yu (Tony Leung) & Zhuge Liang (Takeshi) spout out fortune cookie quotes, Sun Tzu's teachings and Confucius sayings at every opportunity.
Also, this being a John Woo film, expect to see some trademark stuff from the director like...
His fetish for white doves
The theme of brotherhood. Hmm...is it me or is the relationship between Zhou Yu & Zhuge Liang really pushing the boundaries of 'brotherhood'?
And Chow Yun Fat leaping out sideways with two guns blazing. Nah, that was just wishful thinking on my part.
Apparently, the Chinese also invented many of the methods employed in modern warfare.
Biological warfare, grenades, sophisticated crossbows and kamikaze attacks were all used in the battle thousand of years ago.
Heck, we even saw the soldiers play an ancient form of football (called Cuju) with skills that would make a Brazilian proud.
Ahh...another testament to the greatness of Chinese civilization. This will definitely make your skin glow a brighter shade of yellow. Just perfect for the New Year.