After watching Red Cliff 1 (赤壁1), I am ready for the sense of humour from Red Cliff 2 (赤壁2) and I should say: John Woo has gone too far this time.
First of all, those who have read Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三国演义) will find it ridiculous to see Sun Shang Xiang having an extra boyfriend from the enemy’s camp. Moreover, he’s too dumb for her.
In fact, the show turned out to be a comedy instead of a faithful historical adaption from the book. How disappointing!
If you are interested in its CG and special effects, you can still go for this movie. If you are into something hilarious, this would be a good choice too. But sorry, this movie is not really up to my taste.
I wonder if you’d notice, a lot of Chinese soundtracks nowadays had been outsourced to Japanese musicians. Ip Man (叶问), The Painted Skin (画皮) and both Red Cliff 1 and 2. Wow, I just realized that I’ve actually composed and posted all of their piano sheets online. An applause for myself!
Taro Iwashiro (岩代太郎) composed the theme song of Red Cliff 2. The song itself gave away information about the composer. From my observation, Japanese songs normally apply lots of Major – Minor transitions and combinations of inconclusive inharmonics to conclusive harmonics. This is exactly inside Red Cliff’s theme song. Khampa Tibetan Alan (阿兰) is the angel with that heavenly voice who sings “The river flows eastward” (大江东去) from Red Cliff 2.
You can even play it on your piano now:
Too bad, there are some important scale progressions in between that you have to overcome. You can choose to ignore it but it will greatly reduce its vigor.
Other than this, this piano sheet:
1) Is in its original key, Bb Major
2) includes both lyrics and chords
Help yourselves with the piano sheet by clicking the link below: