HIFF begins! The schedule. The 4 films we can't wait to see.by: Chris Bailey
posted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 12:46 AM
HIFF’s Centerpiece film, Red Cliff, promises an epic tale of a Chinese military conflict of unprecedented scale. Set in the year 208 A.D., the plot follows an over-zealous prime minister and his plans to unify all of China by conquering surrounding provinces. His embattled neighbor kingdoms forge an unlikely alliance and war ensues—culminating in the eponymous Battle of Red Cliff where tens of thousands died and two thousand ships burned. Need another reason to see Red Cliff? The film marks action auteur John Woo’s much heralded return to directing Chinese cinema. Also being touted as the largest film production in Chinese history, Red Cliff arrives at HIFF with immense hype behind it. We’re eager to see if Woo delivers the goods.
Screenings: Thurs., Oct. 15, 10:30 P.M.; Fri., Oct. 16, 10:30 P.M.
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