LACMA Premieres John Woo's Complete Red Cliff

by Anne Thompson
November 23, 2010 11:10 AM
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Finally. LACMA concludes its Hard Boiled Hong Kong series with the Los Angeles premiere of John Woo's full-length third-century wuxia epic Red Cliff in all its glory. The five-hour version has everything--costumes, history, drama, battles, horses, burning armadas, romance--and an ensemble of gorgeous movie stars led by Tony Leung. At $80 million, it's the most expensive movie ever made in China, and it nearly did in Woo and producer Terence Chang. Magnolia released a shortened two-and-a -half hour version in theaters stateside which did not fare as well as the full-length version did around the world. See the whole thing if you can.

This is a must-see. It was my number one movie last year. Here's my interview with Woo and the HD trailer, here and on the jump.

November 26 | 7:30 pm Red Cliff: Part I
November 27 | 4 pm Red Cliff, Part I (Repeat Screening)
November 27 | 7:30 pm Red Cliff, Part II

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  • Tom Brueggemann | November 24, 2010 1:18 AMReply

    The DVD of the full version has been out for some time; unfortunately Netflix only (at least initially) stocked the edited US release. So one might need to purchase this to see it at home.

    I have the complete film, need to find five hours to watch it without disruption, which I've meant to do for some time (and was able to do with) Carlos.

  • Brian | November 24, 2010 12:03 AMReply

    Magnolia kept RED CLIFF a big secret when they released it last November. Almost no promotion and only showing in two theaters in Manhattan, both tiny theaters in inconvenient locations. This should have had a big HERO-like push and opened at a 42nd Street multiplex with a big opening night crowd. It's definitely much more of a crowd-pleaser than HERO. Of course, I'm talking about the two-and-a-half-hour version. They did run the long version once in New York, I think at Lincoln Center, but it was on a day I couldn't make it. But I had seen it on DVD and found the second half tough to get through. I mean, yeah, we're waiting for the wind to change. Oh, okay, still waitin'. An hour or two later, "Ah, here it comes, just in time!" There are a few scenes that were cut that I missed from the short version. If they'd been put back, it would have made for a very nice 3-hour cut. But, sorry, five hours is way too long.

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