The Eight Hundred-
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. It's October 26, 1937 and the Japanese Imperial Army has overpowered Chinese military forces during the Battle of Shanghai, a three-month engagement that has reduced parts of the city to rubble and demoralized a country. With China's National Revolutionary Army in retreat, a group of draft dodgers and deserters are forced to join a battalion to protect their last remaining stronghold: the six-story Sihang Warehouse. Despite being outnumbered and outgunned, the unit, dubbed "The Eight Hundred Heroes," refuses to surrender and successfully fends off an onslaught of punishing attacks. Their heroic acts of bravery against insurmountable odds begin to inspire their fellow countrymen, which helps to reignite the spirit of their nation.
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.
The Eight Hundred Movie Trailer (2019)
About the production
One of the largest Chinese movies ever produced, The Eight Hundred sets a new benchmark for the country’s rapidly growing film industry. In development for over a decade, the film required four years to complete following a grueling eight month shooting schedule. To ensure historical accuracy and authenticity, full scale sets were meticulously constructed over the course of an entire year. These included the Sihang Warehouse, the Suzhou River and numerous buildings that made up the glamorous Shanghai International Settlement of 1937.
In addition to the award-winning Chinese cast and crew, leading Hollywood veterans were also recruited to help realize Guan Hu’s ambitious cinematic vision. These included Academy Award-nominated visual effects supervisor Tim Crosbie (X-Men: Days of Future Past), action director Glenn Boswell (The Thin Red Line) and composers Rupert Gregson-Williams (Hacksaw Ridge) and Andrew Kawczynski (Dunkirk).
“The Eight Hundred is ultimately about a nation and its people coming together during a time of unprecedented crisis,” said Guan Hu. “It’s a universal story that has a renewed relevance in these current times. I’m thrilled that CMC Pictures is bringing the film to North America’s audiences and sharing an inspiring moment in China’s history with the rest of the world.”
“CMC Pictures is proud to offer North American audiences the chance to experience The Eight Hundred on the big screen,” said Julia Zhu, Director of International Distribution at CMC Pictures. “An epic in every sense of the word, the picture is a marvel of filmmaking and a testament to the power of the theatrical moviegoing experience, which CMC is committed to bringing back in full swing.”