Red Cliffs is based on a historical battle found between the three kingdoms of China during the Han dynasty. Cao Cao, the most powerful, is portrayed in both part one and two as greedy and unethical. He covets Sun Quan’s wife as well. Liu Bei, the other warlord, forms an aliance with Zhou yu and shares his master of strategy with him. The action shots and special effects are quite good and add to the legend-like quality of this historical action/drama. It’s John Woo, after all. The story is romanticized in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, by Luo Guanzhong.
I enjoyed both parts and rate it 4/5 acorns. No clives.