If this seems to be far along in the action, since it's well into part 2, the reason is that my DVD player thinks Red Cliff 1 is the wrong format and refuses to play it. That it's exactly the same format and company as pt 2 makes no difference. So I watch pt 2, which is reputedly slashier than 1 anyway. In time I'll overcome my technophobia and try pt 1 on the computer, something I've never done to date.
Not a fan of Tony Leung, I'm sorry. Zhou Yu needs to be a pretty-face too, not a plain-featured brooder. (Tony Leung broods well, as he did in Hero, but that's not the Zhou Yu I read in the novel.) In fact, being thrown bodily into the action with no introductions, for the longest time I thought Sun Quan was him, when I wasn't thinking Sun Quan was Liu Bei.
As for Takeshi Kaneshiro, pretty-face is pretty and of course exactly my (Japanese-derived) notion of Zhuge Liang. *I have seen this exact performance before* but nowhere I can place, unless possibly I'm thinking of Fan Li. The tones, the expressions... could it be someone voiced by Shiozawa Kaneto?
This being part 2 I've seen exactly ten seconds of Hu Jun's Zhao Yun and very much want to see more. Forge ahead: I gather he shows up for the battle.
I know the anti-Cao Cao bias is traditional, but really. Must we show the virtuous eastern Wu guys burning the pocky corpses that Cao Cao sent to infect them, while Cao himself drinks and recites poetry? Bah.