The highest grossing film of 2020 tells the epic true story of one regiment to save all of China.

a film by GUAN HU

From the acclaimed filmmaker behind Mr. Six comes a riveting war epic. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely surrounded by the Japanese army.

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On October 26th, 1937, it’s almost the end of the three-month battle of Shanghai. The National Revolutionary Army seems doomed to failure. The principle force has started retreating to the west while the “Eight Hundred Heroes” led by Commander Xie Jinyuan stay and defend the Si Hang Warehouse, also attempting to draw attention for worldwide support against Japanese aggression. By accident, a group of draft dodgers, including Duanwu, Hubei, Goat, Iron and Abacus get caught and forced to join the defence of Si Han Warehouse. The Japanese army starts several waves of attacks. All these besieged draft dodgers want is escape from this “tomb”. Across the river, residence on the concessions are watching the dying struggles of the Chinese army indifferently.

Through the progress, the fearless bravery and sacrifice shown by Chinese army have cast subtle influence among the draft dodgers and civilians on the concessions. The draft dodgers pick up the weapons and join the front line. People on the concessions are trying all the means to support. A brave girl guide even risks her life and delivers a national flag to the Si Hang Warehouse. A collective bond among soldiers and civilians cross the riversides has been forged through the simple yet solemn flag-raising ceremony.

Faced with pressure from multiple parties, the government commends the defending soldiers to cease resisting and to retreat. After holding out against numerous waves of Japanese forces for 4 days and 4 nights, the group of draft dodgers have been through the moments between life and death and make their ultimate decision – they will stay behind to cover the retreat of the remaining forces. At midnight, under the fierce attacks from Japanese army, Xie leads the “Eight Hundred Heroes” across the bridge toward the concessions, welcomed by the supporting civilians, while the remaining defenders stay in the warehouse and fight to the last man…

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OU HAO (Duanwu)

Ou Hao is a Chinese actor and pop singer. He achieved recognition with his role in …

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OU HAO (Duanwu)​

Ou Hao is a Chinese actor and pop singer. He achieved recognition with his role in the youth film The Left Ear (2015) by Alec Su. In 2016, Ou starred in the romance film Crying Out in Love, based on the Japanese novel Socrates in Love. He also starred in the crime suspense film Blood of Youth the same year. In 2017, Ou co-starred in the fantasy epic film Wu Kong and coming-of-age film Fist & Faith. He also starred in the war film The Founding of an Army, playing General Ye Ting. The same year, Ou featured in Chen Kaige’s fantasy mystery film Legend of the Demon Cat.

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JIANG WU (Iron)

Jiang Wu is a famous Chinese actor, best known for his acting in Zhang Yimou’s To Live …

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JIANG WU (Iron)​

Jiang Wu is a famous Chinese actor, best known for his acting in Zhang Yimou’s To Live (1994), and Zhang Yang’s Shower (1999). Other credits include: Let the Bullets Fly (2010) directed by Jiang Wen and A Touch of Sin (2013) directed by Jia Zhangke.

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Zhang Yi is a Chinese actor, best known for his roles in 2014 feature film Dearest, …

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ZHANG YI (Abacus)​

Zhang Yi is a Chinese actor, best known for his roles in 2014 feature film Dearest, in which he was widely praised for his role as a desperate father to find his abducted son. In 2016, he played a secret police willing to fight for a better world in martial art film Brotherhood of Blades II, and also starred in Cao Baoping’s black comedy Cock and Bull, following with I’m not Madam Bouvary directed by Feng Xiaogang. He then starred in action film Operation Red Sea, which became the second-highest-grossing-film ever in China.

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WANG QIANYUAN (Goat)

Wang Qianyuan is a Chinese actor who won Best Actor at the 23rd Tokyo International Film …

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WANG QIANYUAN (Goat)

Wang Qianyuan is a Chinese actor who won Best Actor at the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival for his role in The Piano in a Factory (2010). In 2015, He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at Golden Horse Awards with Saving Mr.Wu. Other credits include Brotherhood of Blades (2014), The Crossing (2014), The Golden Era (2014).

Filmmakers

GUAN HU

Director

Guan Hu, born on August 1, 1967, is a graduate of the prestigious Beijing Film Academy, and became the youngest director in the Beijing Film Studio in 1991. In the 1990’s, Guan directed a handful of films making a name as an important voice of the Sixth Generation.

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GUAN HU (Director)

Guan Hu, born on August 1, 1967, is a graduate of the prestigious Beijing Film Academy, and became the youngest director in the Beijing Film Studio in 1991. In the 1990’s, Guan directed a handful of films making a name as an important voice of the Sixth Generation. His directorial
debut Dirt (1994) brought him into critics’ attention. Since then, Guan Hu has garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades with follow-up movies, such as Cow (2009), Design of Death (2012), and The Chef, the Actor, the Scoundrel (2013). Cow was selected into the Horizon Section of Venice Film Festival (2009), and received 7 Golden Horse Awards nominations, including Best Pictures, Best Director, Best Leading Actor and Best Screenplay Adaption at the 46th Golden Horse Awards.

In 2015, Guan Hu directed Mr. Six, his most commercially successful film to date. Premiering in Venice Film Festival (2015) as the closing film and following with Special Presentation at Toronto International Film Festival, it won Best Screenplay Adaption and Best Leading Actor at the 52nd Golden Horse Awards.

As the pioneer of the Sixth Generation Chinese film directors, Guan Hu is renowned for his bold style of filmmaking. His movies, like himself, are full of energy, intensity, humor and passion, always pushing for creative ultimate and remaining constantly critical.

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