‘Red Cliff’ finally making its way Stateside

Posted by · 9:42 am · May 15th, 2009

Tony Leung in Red CliffI’ve been wondering what became of “Red Cliff,” John Woo’s lavish historical epic set third century Han Dynasty China. The big-budget project broke Chinese box-office records and was tipped to be a crossover foreign-language hit last year, but never surfaced in the West.

Now news comes from Cannes that U.S. rights to the film have finally been acquired by Magnet Releasing, the genre division of Magnolia Pictures. Magnet are planning a fall release for the visually spectacular Tony Leung starrer, which was shown in two parts in Asia, but will be presented in a combined cut Stateside:

“Colossal in every regard, Red Cliff is undoubtedly one of the most exciting films to come out of China in a long time,” Magnet’s senior vice-president Tom Quinn said. “John Woo has delivered a provocative, jaw-dropping, andmoving epic. Mainstream audiences and die hard Woo fans alike are in for a big treat.”

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  • 1 5-15-2009 at 10:43 am

    Mike_M said...

    Sweet, can’t wait for film(s) to be released here…

    but then again, also looking forward tot he Blu-Ray that will most definitely have incorrect subtitles and a poor attitude towards the consumers who already “wasted” their money on “faulty” discs from the suits – much like the situation with the Let The Right One In release.

  • 2 5-15-2009 at 3:11 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    There are posters at my local multiplex for this film but no release date has been set. Strange, but I really want to see it on the big screen.

  • 3 5-15-2009 at 4:41 pm

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    Got the Blu-rays for both parts and they look and sound absolutely SPECTACULAR. And they have proper English subtitles!

    Part I: http://dddhouse.com/v3/product_details.php?ProductID=8860

    Part II: http://dddhouse.com/v3/product_details.php?ProductID=9482