The 2008 Ancient Chinese War movie Red Cliff was one of China's most successful films. The film had sequels, and over all made a box office of US$248.4 million. This film earned mostly positive ratings and was said to be one of Chinas most thrilling films. Director John Woo has stated in an interview that this movie was only made to be 50% factual. John decided to alter this story using a modern feel and his own personal feelings to make it more relatable. According to John, historical accuracy wasn't really important because he wanted to give the audience the perfect battle feel.
During the 208 summer, throughout the Han Dynasty, this imperial army which was led by the chancellor Cao Cao has embarked on a campaign to diminish the southern warlords Liu Bei and Sun Quan in eradicating rebels, with reluctant approval upon Emperor Xian. The Cao Cao's strong army swiftly conquered the Jing Province as well as the Battle of Changban to ignite when Cao's cavalry began attacking civilians on the exodus that was led by Bei.
Throughout this battle, Bei's followers, plus his brothers Guan and Zhang, give a superior display of their own combat skills by simply holding off their enemy while purchasing time for civilians to retreat. All the warrior Zhao fights have bravely tries to rescue Liu Bei's trapped family, however, it has only succeeded to rescue Liu's infant son.
Meanwhile, during the battle, Bei's advisor Zhuge embarks on this diplomatic mission to a man named Jiangdong to form this alliance between the lord and Sun to deal Cao Cao's invasion. Sun was first having a dilemma on whether he would surrender or resist, however his decision to just resist Cao Cao has hardened after Zhuge's clever persuasion as well as a subsequent tigers hunt upon his viceroy Zhou and sister Shangxiang.
The film was said to be very thrilling and filled with action, but was said to lack actual Chinese historical accuracy.