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Going to watch it - What to do first?


I keep hearing that one should have knowledge on Chinese history to be able to fully enjoy this film. If that is the case, what do I need to know? I am ready to make some research or watch any other film beforehand.

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I disagree. I've only played the Dynasty Warriors games and I understood it all just fine.
It does a good job of setting up who characters are and what the stakes are. The only problem I foresee anyone having is that "all Chinese people look alike." But if you've gotten through Chinese movies before (Hero, Crouching Tiger) then you should be good.

I guess its kinda like watching Troy without reading The Illiad. Except that Red Cliff is awesome and Troy is only OK.


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I see, thanks pal!

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Red Cliff is a version of core scenes from the great Chinese medieval novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms". If you have read that, or seen the long Chinese TV series (available on youtube), then you will have some idea of who the characters are, and why the versions in Red Cliff are a lot better portrayed than in the TV series. Hence, that way you will get the fullest experience of this movie.

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I'm on the second book of 4 of the three Kingdoms, I haven't reached this specific battle yet, reading the books basically just gives you more of an insight to the characters, saying that I think this movie has done very well to show what the charactors are truly like, such as Lui Bei being very humble and Zhang Fei being outspoken and very defensive. People complaining that this movie is too long have to appreciate this is one battle from so many and there are so many personalities to squeeze in.

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