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Langya shan wu zhuang shi (1958)

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Five soldiers of the Eighth Route Army fight heroically to cover the evacuation of local people from border area between Shanxi and Hebei provinces as the Japanese attack.

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Baocheng Gao ...
Ge Zhenlin
Deji Huo ...
Hu Fucai
Changhua Li ...
Ma Baoyu
Li Li ...
Song Xueyi
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Five soldiers of the Eighth Route Army fight heroically to cover the evacuation of local people from border area between Shanxi and Hebei provinces as the Japanese attack.

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Based on the true story but with careful omission
25 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Everything told in the movie was true, but it was not the complete story, the end was omitted. Two of the five jumped off the cliff actually survived and rescued by communist guerrilla, but since this film was made in the era of Great Leap Forward, it would be better propaganda to skip this outcome.

Another important thing the movie left out was the salute and respect the soldiers got from their Japanese enemy out of their own Wushido tradition: after their jumps, the Japanese reorganized to the military formation like when they were inspected by the emperor, and bowed three times and saluted to the placed where those five soldiers jumped. Out of the necessary political propaganda needs, which requires the demonization of the enemy, this part was left out in the film also.

However, despite its incompleteness, this political propaganda still deserves the perfect score because in comparison to most of the political propaganda of the time, this film did not lie, nor did it eulogize some political objectives that are flawed.


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