A battalion of Chinese soldiers defend the Sihang (4 Bank) warehouse from the invading Japanese army in 1937 at the end of the Battle of Shanghai during the Second Sino-Japanese War. There are only 452 defenders, but to mislead the Japanese they tell the outside world that they are 800 in number. Their heroism leads to them becoming known as the 800 Heroes.Written by
Cautious attempt to face history, with outside help
The literal translation of the title of this movie is: 800 Heroes.
The film is based on the true story of a regiment of nationalist troop fighting Japanese forces several times of their strength. Due to the political reasons, such historical topic is avoided in China, and even after the reform, the cautious approach needs outside help from Hong Kong, but such attempts still deserves a great salute.
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