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The Eight Hundred (2020)

Ba bai (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 28 August 2020 (USA)
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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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Hu Guan

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Hu Guan (screenplay by), Rui Ge (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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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. 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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partially good
2 February 2021 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1937. Japanese forces have attacked the city of Shanghai. The foreign concessions become an island of civilization among the destruction of the city. Around 800 Chinese soldiers have fortified a warehouse across a canal from the concession area. They are mostly soldiers armed with the latest weapons from Nazi Germany. They are joined by some stragglers and a squad from the countryside. They hold out against overwhelming Japanese forces for months in front of an audience of international press and their fellow Chinese citizens.

First, the movie spends too much time showing scared and incompetent soldiers. Some of it is useful but it really makes it frustrating to root for the Chinese soldiers. The long-haired guy is really annoying. It may work if he's the only one but the movie seems to relish showing the Chinese soldiers as weak scared little boys. The balance is off. The real force consists of mostly well-trained troupes but the camera spends more time with the others who get collected. The flag section is a good high point except throwing that many bodies onto the flag is ridiculous. It's more effective to concentrate on one guy picking up the fallen flag and putting it back up. Finally, this uses too much slow motion especially in the last act. It could have more effective to let the brutal action overwhelm the senses. As a true war story, this is primed for a great telling but this is only partially good. Westerners may not like the portrayal of Nazis and I'm surprised that Communist China is willing to make Nationalist soldiers into heroes. Again, the Chinese soldier fighting with Nazi gear is going to be weird for a western audience. As a Chinese war movie, this is better than most. It looks great and it's compelling to watch.


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Country:

China

Language:

Chinese | Japanese | English

Release Date:

28 August 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,161, 30 August 2020

Gross USA:

$372,755

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$461,341,525
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Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital (Dolby TrueHD 7.1)| Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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