The Eight Hundred (Ba bai)

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Synopsis

The film is based on true stories taking place during Sino-Japanese war in Shanghai, China, in 1937, the battle and protection of the Si Hang Warehouse. There are around 400 Soldiers (so called Eight Hundred Heroes in history), holding out against numerous waves of Japanese forces for 4 days and 4 nights in order to cover Chinese principal forces retreating west.

Cast

  • Zhi-zhong Huang
  • Zhang Junyi
  • Hao Ou
  • Wu Jiang
  • Yi Zhang
  • Qianyuan Wang
  • Cheng Zhang
  • Siyu Lu
  • Chun Du
  • Vision Wei

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Metacritic

50
Sep 8, 2020

Like the ambitious The Wandering Earth, the last Chinese epic to make a play for international glory, and indeed Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, The Eight Hundred is thin on characterization, and too often slips into rote narrative and war movie cliches (really, a runaway white horse?). And that's despite eight writers working on the script. The sheer volume of men fighting and dying in the face of overwhelming odds and stellar technical spectacle step into the gap where emotional connection should be.

Metacritic review by Elizabeth Kerr
Elizabeth Kerr
The Hollywood Reporter
85
Sep 8, 2020

It’s a fantastic World War II movie, the action is tense, and the stories on the ground are inspiring and heartbreaking.

Metacritic review by Alan Ng
Alan Ng
Film Threat
63
Sep 8, 2020

While the scale of Hu’s production is indeed impressive in its giganticness, and likely plays excellently on the IMAX screens for which it is intended (I had to settle for watching it on my television), The Eight Hundred falls a few hundred yards short of war-movie greatness.

Metacritic review by Barry Hertz
Barry Hertz
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)