The Battle of China (1944)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 406 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 2 critic

The Official World War II US Government account of Chinese defense against Japanese aggression.


(uncredited) , (uncredited)
0Check in

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive


10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

Related News

Program Notes Gone Wild

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 161 titles
created 30 Jan 2014
a list of 669 titles
created 16 Jun 2014
list image
a list of 100 titles
created 8 months ago
a list of 49 titles
created 4 months ago
a list of 5138 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Battle of China (1944)

The Battle of China (1944) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Battle of China.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Documentary revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Stars: Anthony Veiller, Ion Antonescu, Nikolai Cherkasov
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The official World War II US government account of Great Britain's stand against the Nazi war machine after the Dunkirk evacuation.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anthony Veiller
Stars: Douglas Bader, Arno Breker, Winston Churchill
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The World War II US Government account of the European theatre of the war from after the English and French entry to the fall of France.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Stars: General Bergeret, Karl Brandt, Winston Churchill
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Part VII of the "Why We Fight" series of wartime documentaries. This entry attempts to describe the factors leading up to America's entry into the Second World War.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Stars: Dean Acheson, General Bergeret, A.A. Berle
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Stars: Walter Huston, Victor Bulwer-Lytton, Kai-Shek Chiang
San Pietro (1945)
Documentary | Short | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This documentary movie is about the battle of San Pietro, a small village in Italy. Over 1,100 US soldiers were killed while trying to take this location, that blocked the way for the ... See full summary »

Director: John Huston
Stars: Mark W. Clark, John Huston
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Documentary made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Directors: Frank Capra, Hugh Stewart, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Leo Genn, Burgess Meredith, Bernard Miles
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A cinematic record of US military operations on the Aleutian Island of Adak to retake Japanese occupied Kiska.

Director: John Huston
Stars: John Huston, Walter Huston, Milton Ashkin
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Directors: Frank Capra, Joris Ivens
Stars: John Beal, Howard Duff, Walter Huston
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Documentary about the 25th and last bombing mission of a B17, the "Memphis Belle". The "Memphis Belle" took part in a great bombing raid on sub-pens in Wilhelmshafen, Germany. On their way ... See full summary »

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Stanley Wray, Robert Morgan, James A. Verinis
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A seriously ill schoolteacher becomes dependent on a "miracle" drug that begins to affect his sanity.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau


Credited cast:
Claire Chennault ...
Himself (archive footage)
Kai-Shek Chiang ...
Himself (archive footage)
Madame Chiang ...
Herself (archive footage) (as Madame Chiang Kai-shek)
Teh Chu ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Anthony Eden ...
Himself (archive footage)
William F. Halsey ...
Himself (looks up from desk) (archive footage)
Hirohito ...
Himself (archive footage)
Abraham Lincoln (voice)
Douglas MacArthur ...
Himself (archive footage)
William Mayer ...
Himself (as Col. William Mayer)
Louis Mountbatten ...
Himself (archive footage)
Henry Pu-yi ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Joseph W. Stilwell ...
Himself (archive footage)


In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda series, we learn about the country of China and its people. With a brief history of the country, we also learn of why the Japanese wanted to conquer it and felt confident about succeeding. Finally, the history of the war in that theatre is illustrated and shows the stiff determination of the Chinese who use all their resources to oppose Japanese aggression to the end. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

6 April 2005 (Czech Republic)  »

Also Known As:

The Battle of China: Assault on the Great Wall  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This documentary is the sixth film in Frank Capra's seven-film 'Why We Fight' documentary film series. See more »


Narrator: But what kind of people are the Chinese? Well, in four thousand years of continuous history, China has never fought a war of aggression. They're *that* kind of people.
See more »


Features The Battle of Britain (1943) See more »


Sword Blade March
Music by Hsin Mai
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Graphic, but very motivating.
8 January 2001 | by (Rock Hill, SC) – See all my reviews

This, like the other films in the series, is a propaganda film. That being said, it is a very good documentary. This is due to three reasons. 1)Capra was a very good director 2)It is truthful - the information is not skewed by the film's agenda and 3)the battle footage speaks for itself. The narration is a bit overdramatic, but that is typical I think of movies in this era. I enjoyed this and will definitely watch the other films in the series.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Battle of China (1944) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page