Sorry Bro GZ I just reply now, hopefully this topic is still a hot dish
I just watched it the other day ago. The only thing that made me unpleasant is, it is only one part of the movie. I expected to see this famous epic in 2-hour-run movie
Before watching the movie, I had a quick look at the trailer. I found some famous names there and their in-movie characters. At first, I doubt if Takeshi Kaneshiro was suitable to potrait Zhuge Liang, but when I saw the movie, he could do it well. At least, IMHO, as closed as what Zhuge Liang was potrayed.
Meanwhile, for Zhao Zi Long, I think, the actor doesn't really fit. Likewise for Guan Yu.
Apart from the characters in the movie, the plot was quite well organized, BUT they missed out several things :
First, the capture of Guan Yu. As far as I know, as well as in the novel, during the raid of Fancheng, Guan Yu was surrounded and forced to surrender under Cao Cao. Cao Cao was trying hard to get him, he refused to join his band. Until finally they made a deal that he would leave his band if he met his brothers.
I think, this incident happened far before the Chibi battle took place. Furthermore, in the movie it was described Guan Yu broke the Cao's barricade and fled.
Secondly, I haven't seen Zhuge Liang's "borrowing arrow" strategy and "Jiang Gan's plot" strategy. I wonder if Zhang Yi Mou would include that in the next phase.
About the director. John Woo, though being one of the famous Asian-hollywood directors, but he isn't expertise in epic drama making. I would prefer Wong Jing.
You were joking about the Wong Jing part right? He is probably the worst director in Hong Kong. The master of schlock Wong Jing