A trailer for John Woo's new film Red Cliff has surfaced on Yahoo Tawain, and it looks as if the old action master will no longer suffer indignities of Jean-Claude Van Damme or Ben Affleck. His first feature film since Paycheck (2003), it's a swordfighting epic that bypasses Woo's famous gunplay films (The Killer, Hard-Boiled, etc.) and goes back to his earlier films like Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979) with a dash of his epic war masterpiece Bullet in the Head (1990) thrown in for good measure. (It's also kinda sexy.)
The trailer is without English subtitles, but it's also mostly without dialogue. Set during the Three Kingdoms period of Ancient China, the film tells the story of the historical Battle of Red Cliffs. It's also apparently the most expensive Chinese film to date, costing somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 million (US). Tony Leung Chiu Wai stars, along with Takeshi Kaneshiro, and the lovely Zhao Wei. (Former star and frequent Woo leading man Chow Yun-fat walked off the set last year.) According to the trailer, the film will be opening in the East this summer, but no U.S. release date has been set.