File photo of the film crew at a press
The China Film Group Corporation, the investor for the movie
, disclosed yesterday that the CCTV Movie Channel
will broadcast 150-minutes of real time film sequence of the movie
on November 17, as reported by the Beijing
It will be the first time in China's television history to
broadcast such a long, large-scale and real time film sequence. All
the major actors will be present on that day.
Red Cliff, directed by John Woo, is China's most
heavily invested movie in 2007. It has become the focus of media
attention since it was launched this April. The China Film Group
and the Movie Channel reached a deal before shooting started that
the Movie Channel would broadcast a real time film sequence.
A director inside the Movie Channel explained that the
Red Cliff cast and crew will move to Yixian Reservoir in
Hebei to shoot the climax of the movie. The Movie Channel has
decided to broadcast the real time film sequence of several
important parts of the movie.
The broadcast will last for two and a half hours. The movie
channel will send their film and production crew to Red
Cliff's film site to conduct a multi-angle and 3D live
broadcast, revolving around the working scenes directed by John Woo
using actors' real time performances.
This broadcast is different from a simple visit to the film site
previously broadcast on television. This will be a well-organized
and carefully planned live broadcast with the cooperation of all
the leading roles of the movie.
All the leading actors; Tony Leung acting as Zhou Yu, Takeshi
Kaneshivo acting as Zhuge Liang, Chiling acting as Xiao Qiao, Zhang
Fengyi acting as Cao Cao, Zhang Zhen acting as Sun Quan and Zhao
Wei acting as Sun Shangxiang will be on site.
While broadcasting the film procedure, movie experts and
historians studying the three kingdoms will be invited to
simultaneously explain various cinema film techniques along with
pertinent historical stories and literary legends concerning
Red Cliff. Twenty special documentary films will be
incorporated into the live broadcast to educate the audience about
both the on-and-off-screen Red Cliff
The China Film Group is working with the Movie Channel to broadcast
the live film sequence. Their aim is to provide a new channel for
audiences to learn about and show their concern for movies via this
new program and to pioneer a new route to promote the spread of
Chinese movies. This broadcast will start sometime on November 17;
a specific broadcast time has not yet been decided.
(China.org.cn by Zhang Ming'ai, November 9, 2007)