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.

Director:

Hu Guan

Writers:

Hu Guan (screenplay by), Rui Ge (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zhi-zhong Huang ... Lao Hulu (as Zhizhong Huang)
Zhang Junyi Zhang Junyi ... Xiao Hubei
Hao Ou ... Duan Wu
Xiaoguang Hu Xiaoguang Hu ... Hubei Officer
Wu Jiang ... Lao Tie
Yi Zhang ... Old Abacus
Qianyuan Wang ... Yang Guai
Cheng Zhang Cheng Zhang ... Lei Xiong
Siyu Lu Siyu Lu ... Yang Ruifu
Chun Du ... Xie Jinyuan
Vision Wei ... Zhu Shengzhong (as Chen Wei)
En Bai ... Yang Deyu
Youhao Zhang ... Xiao Qiyue
Lu Cao Lu Cao ... Jiang Jing
Yixin Tang ... Yang Huimin
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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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Action | Drama | History | War

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With its $461 million gross this was the top-grossing film of 2020 at the global box office, becoming the first non-Hollywood, non-English language film to top the annual worldwide list. However, it has since been surpassed by Demon Slayer: Mugen Train. This film also marked the first time China surpassed the United States as the world's largest box office market. However, much of this success is largely attributed to the global COVID-19 pandemic resulting in most Hollywood films having their releases postponed. See more »

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The warehouse is located in the northern bank of the Suzhou Creek, the Suzhou Creek flows eastward and joins the Yangtze river roughly one kilometer afterward. Therefore the Yangtze should be east of the warehouse. Yet the position of the Yangtze on the VFX shot during the plane fight scene can be seen at the west of the warehouse. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original cut set to be premiered in 2019's Shanghai International Film Festival is 160-minutes long. The re-censored version, which got finally released in 2020, is only 147-minute, with many replaced shots and multiple scenes blown-up and cropped. See more »

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A good historical re-creation of a Chinese "Alamo"
10 September 2020 | by chong_anSee all my reviews

In 1937, WW2 has started for China, with the Japanese invasion. On the southern front, the Chinese army has abandoned a ruined Shanghai, except for one warehouse. This is defiantly defended by one regiment of about 800 troops, where seasoned professionals are reinforced by raw recruits of varying eagerness. The warehouse has 2 attributes: used as a bank vault, it has extra-thick walls; and it is across a small river from the English Concession. The foreign concessions are considered foreign territories by the Japanese, who try to avoid touching them. Thus we have the juxtaposition of a battlefield with a bustling, well-lit area, where crowds hang around the riverside street to watch the action, and the privileged (including foreign press photographers) watch from the balconies.

The movie alternates between the warehouse action, and the events in the concession. In and around the warehouse, the action includes close combat, snipers, and occasional speeches. It is refreshing to see a Chinese action movie without martial arts. While there is blood and bandages, it is not the gorefest some western directors seem to like. There some of the Chinese soldiers are featured, whereas on the Japanese side only one commander had any speaking role. The switching to the concession side gives the audience a break from the action, and keeps the narrative fresh.

This was based on actual historical events, and the movie included a final shot of the warehouse - with a backdrop of modern Shanghai skyscrapers. I read that the movie's opening was delayed, so that scenes of the national government could be cut. This government, or its successors, still govern the rebel island of Taiwan. But for the flag-raising scene, it was still the historically-accurate sun-in-sky national flag that went up.


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Country:

China

Language:

Chinese | Japanese | English

Release Date:

28 August 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eight Hundred See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,161, 30 August 2020

Gross USA:

$372,755

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$461,391,628
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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