Nice conversation with a colleague in the energy field who has lived for years now in the northern Chinese city of Shenyang. We started talking Chinese history and he vigorously recommended these films - by John Woo no less! I had heard that Woo was going to concentrate on Chinese history for a bit. It's a two-parter covering the Three Kingdom's warring period (3rd century AD).
I haven't seen it yet but plan on getting it this nice combo BluRay version.