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Zhao Wei is on a Red Cliff

Before I began writing this post about John Woo’s upcoming film Red Cliff, I asked myself a question. What has Zhao Wei been up to since I last saw her in So Close (Chik yeung tin si), Shaolin Soccer (Siu lam juk kau) and Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong)? If you haven’t seen any of these films, I suggest you rent them. My initial question was answered when I read the call sheet for Red Cliff.

Red Cliff Trailer

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What Zhao Wei has been doing, besides singing, is landing a role in Red Cliff, John Woo’s ode to the Battle of the Red Cliffs (the Battle of Chibi, 208 CE, during the era of the Three Kingdoms in China). The Battle of Red Cliff was “a decisive battle immediately prior to the period of the Three Kingdoms in China in the northern winter of 208 CE between the allied forces of the southern warlords Liu Bei and Sun Quan, and the numerically superior forces of the northern warlord Cao Cao. Liu Bei and Sun Quan successfully frustrated Cao Cao’s effort to conquer the land south of the Yangtze River and reunite the territory of the Eastern Han Dynasty.”

Red Cliff Trailer ( a different cut w/ English subtitles)

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The John Woo film has so much footage (4 hours) that it has been split into two parts (episodes). The first part of Red Cliff will be released prior to the beginning of the 2008’s Summer Olympics and the second part at the end of 2008.

Zhao Wei (Vicki Zhao is her English stage name) will play Sun Shangxiang, the only daughter among the six children of warlord Sun Jian and sister to Sun Ce and Sun Quan (Chang Chen). Here is nine minutes of promo footage from Red Cliff shown at the Cannes film festival.

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  • Love the JOHN WOO action movie. He always present a cool action scene…

    bintang4s last blog post..27 Dresses (2008)

  • Love the JOHN WOO action movie. He always present a cool action scene…

    bintang4s last blog post..27 Dresses (2008)

  • Red Cliff looks like it will be a great movie. I have never seen a Zhao Wei film, though So Close has been in the NF queue for a long time. I just bumped it to the top and added the other two as well.

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  • Red Cliff looks like it will be a great movie. I have never seen a Zhao Wei film, though So Close has been in the NF queue for a long time. I just bumped it to the top and added the other two as well.

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  • I love John Woo action films too bintang, especially The Killer.

    I love a good epic. My current favorites are Lawrence of Arabia and The Director’s Cut of Kingdom of Heaven. So Close is a lot of fun Waywardjam. You will not be disappointed. Rent Warriors of Heaven and Earth second, Shaolin Soccer third.

  • I love John Woo action films too bintang, especially The Killer.

    I love a good epic. My current favorites are Lawrence of Arabia and The Director’s Cut of Kingdom of Heaven. So Close is a lot of fun Waywardjam. You will not be disappointed. Rent Warriors of Heaven and Earth second, Shaolin Soccer third.

  • Thanks for the heads up. The NF queue order has been updated. I could use a good fun movie soon – been on a dark and dismal streak the past week or so.

    waywardjams last blog post..A Quickie: Be Kind Rewind

  • Thanks for the heads up. The NF queue order has been updated. I could use a good fun movie soon – been on a dark and dismal streak the past week or so.

    waywardjams last blog post..A Quickie: Be Kind Rewind

  • No problem. I would suggest other Asian films but they are on the dark side as well. Screw it: Infernal Affairs, Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Audition. These are KEY Asian films you need to see. Hay, that gives me an idea for a new post!

  • No problem. I would suggest other Asian films but they are on the dark side as well. Screw it: Infernal Affairs, Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Audition. These are KEY Asian films you need to see. Hay, that gives me an idea for a new post!

  • Loved Infernal Affairs and Audition was crazy sick. Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and also Lady Vengeance still reside deep in NF queue hell. Chan-wook Park’s segment in Three…Extremes I enjoyed a lot.
    Oh so many movies, so little time. If only I could get paid to watch films day after day.

    waywardjams last blog post..A Quickie: Be Kind Rewind

  • Loved Infernal Affairs and Audition was crazy sick. Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and also Lady Vengeance still reside deep in NF queue hell. Chan-wook Park’s segment in Three…Extremes I enjoyed a lot.
    Oh so many movies, so little time. If only I could get paid to watch films day after day.

    waywardjams last blog post..A Quickie: Be Kind Rewind

  • I have the divx of Three Extremes. Very disturbing films.

    If you want something mellow and cool, rent 3 Iron.

  • I have the divx of Three Extremes. Very disturbing films.

    If you want something mellow and cool, rent 3 Iron.

  • NF says I’d give 3 Iron 4 stars, another one hits the queue! I added Machine Girl while I was there. Ever seen it? It comes highly recommended from NF.

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  • NF says I’d give 3 Iron 4 stars, another one hits the queue! I added Machine Girl while I was there. Ever seen it? It comes highly recommended from NF.

    waywardjams last blog post..People I Want To Punch in the Face, Vol. 2

  • I will be watching Machine Girl this week after I watch The Children of Huang Shi, just out in theaters. Look into the Director’s Cut of Brotherhood of the Wolf. I have the three disc Canadian version. Excellent film. Look in the box under my Blogroll. Brotherhood is the third one down right now.

  • I will be watching Machine Girl this week after I watch The Children of Huang Shi, just out in theaters. Look into the Director’s Cut of Brotherhood of the Wolf. I have the three disc Canadian version. Excellent film. Look in the box under my Blogroll. Brotherhood is the third one down right now.

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