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Assembly (2007)
"Ji jie hao" (original title)

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A soldier fights to gain recognition for comrades who died during the Chinese Civil War.

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Gu Zidi
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Zhao Erdou
Wenkang Yuan ...
Wang Jincun
Yan Tang ...
Sun Guiqin
Fan Liao ...
Jiao Dapeng
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Jiang Maocai
Jun Hu ...
Liu Zeshui
Quan Ren ...
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Ming Hu ...
Liangel
Naiwen Li ...
Lu Kuangou
Heng Fu ...
Luo Guangtian
Wu Hongwu ...
Gong Liangguo
Ye Peng ...
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Shaokang Zhao ...
Lao Ciwei
Chen Li ...
Secretary Liu
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War feasts upon death. Its greedy appetite carries away many a life on the battlefield, and soldiers must be ready to die at any time. Yet all these sacrifices can be given meaning and reason with honor. A weathered witness of war's insatiable appetite, Guzidi, Captain of the Ninth Company, will struggle his entire life to return honor to his forty six men and their self-sacrifice. The year 1948 witnessed the launching of the Huaihai Campaign during the Chinese Civil War. In one of Chinese history's deadliest battles, thousands from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Nationalist Army (KMT) fell in the battle that took place between Xuzhou and Bengdu. It was amid this bloody fight that Captain Guzidi led the Ninth Company infantry unit on a sniper mission. His orders were to fight the KMT Army until the retreat assembly call was sounded. Yet, after many long hours of painstaking resistance, Gu watched powerless as the ammunition ran out and the scant ranks of the Ninth Company ... Written by FB

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20 December 2007 (China)  »

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A extraordinarily moving military epic
9 January 2008 | by (China) – See all my reviews

I was attracted by the film when the trailers came out. I was at first shocked by its vivid, cruel and accurate description of the war scene. But when I watched this film at the cinema, I could hardly hold back my tears. It's not a pure military blockbuster. It's a story of a hero searching for the glory and the honor that he and his brothers deserved. It's a story of the return of a long-lost heroism.

I think the biggest breakthrough that Xiaogang Feng made is there was no propaganda for the Communist Party of China. Soldiers pulled the triggers of their rifles because it was their mission that demanded them to do so. They feared blood, feared death. They would step back when bullets were buzzing around. They would save their friend from dying at any cost. I'd say that director Feng had created some real vivid figures. The soldiers in the film are a real reflection of the true Chinese spirit.

As a Chinese, I loved this movie very much even though it was not 100% "Made in China", for it was a milestone in the Chinese film history where directors learned not to simply imitate how American or European directors to shoot a movie, but to use these technologies to tell a more convincing story. Heroes are still human beings, and this is what "The Assembly" actually wanted to tell.

I'll give a 10/10. It's really worth watching, at least from the point of view of a Chinese.


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