Director: John Woo. Cast: Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Wei Zhao. 148 min. Rated R. China. War/Historical.
I hate to give such a glamorous and expensive John Woo movie a bad review, but this overlong epic based on an ancient Chinese tale, showing battle after battle after battle, has no substance at all. The void of interesting characters and the abundance of idiotic lines (a warrior asking her pregnant wife: "Are both of you OK?"; twice), made me doze off in the midst of some of the most intense battle scenes. If you enjoy interesting ancient war strategies, that's all you get here.