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Original title: Ji Jie Hao (集结号)
Country: China, Hong Kong
Year: 2007
Genre: Drama, War
IMDB Rating: 7.4 2770 votes
Plot: In 1948, during the Chinese Civil War, the Captain Gu Zidi from the Liberation Army falls in disgrace with his superiors after an incident with prisoners of war. He is assigned with his forty-seven soldiers from the Nineth Company to defend a coal mine until they hear the retreat assembly of the bugle. Gu Zidi never hears the call, his men die and he gathers their bodies inside the mine. Gu Zidi awakes in a hospital and neither his identity and nor his officer ranking are recognized; the forty-seven soldiers that heroically died are only considered missing and their action is completely unknown by the high-command. Gu Zidi fights in the Korea War and spends the rest of his life feeling guilty for the death of his men and trying to prove and achieve recognition for the honorable deed of his forty-seven soldiers.

  • Budget: US$11 million.
  • Based on short story The Lawsuit, which was inspired by a true event.
  • Assembly has been called the first Chinese-made modern war epic which does not serve any purpose for propaganda. It was premiered at the recently closed Pusan International Film Festival and got very positive reviews.
  • Media news reported Assembly was a roaring success at the box office, the film have snatched the box office title with total earnings of more than 235 million Yuan, or nearly 32 million US dollars.

Movie info
Language: Mandarin
Colormode: Color
Running time: 124

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Tags: Assembly, Ji Jie Hao, 2007, Chinese movies, Hong Kong movies, Drama movies, War movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

LoveHKfilm, by Kozo source:
«Worthy and involving, The Assembly slightly disappoints because it's safe and unchallenging in its portrait of the Chinese army. Still, director Feng Xiaogang gets points for making this a human rather than a patriotic film, and the battle sequences are quite impressive for Chinese cinema. A solid achievement.»
Twitch, by Rodney Perkins source:
«Those looking for critical commentary regarding the Chinese Civil War or the nature of war itself will not find what they want in Assembly. Every nation has its war stories, and the way these stories are told are as varied as the nations from which they originate. Thus, to criticize Assembly for not addressing specific political issues is to hold the film to a standard to which few films are held. »
A Nutshell Review, by Stefan S source:
«Assembly is an ambitious film. It combines drama and action, and in both aspects, doesn't hold back in bringing about the best it probably could. And after watching this, you'll probably won't hesitate to watch another war movie coming out of China, if they meet the benchmark set by Feng Xiaogang. Recommended!», by John Li source:
«Captured on lens with intentional grey cinematography and shot with a constantly shaky camera, the scenes are top-rate and are comparable to Hollywood productions. What’s more, they arrest our attention with its discomforting look at war, and tops it all off with an affecting story of one man who stuck to his beliefs amidst the chaos.»
Channel 4 Film,by Holly Grigg-Spall source:
«A suitably exhausting account of the deaths of 47 men that is memorable and moving in its transcendence of national and historical specifics.»
Eye for Film, by Emma Slawinski source:
«Director Feng balances the visceral, realistic treatment of the battles, which are harrowing as you’d expect, with Gu’s boyish, stubborn humour in the face of despair. The peppering of the script with comedy is a welcome relief from the scenes of violence, and helps Feng avoid a lapse into melodrama.»

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Feng, XiaogangFENG Xiaogang
LIU Heng
China Film Co-Production CorporationChina Film Co-Production Corporation
Huayi BrothersHuayi Brothers
MK PicturesMK Pictures
Media Asia FilmsMedia Asia Films
Shanghai Film Group


Zhang, HanyuZHANG Hanyu
as Gu, Zidi
Deng, ChaoDENG Chao
as Zhao, Erdou
Fu, HengFU Heng
as Luo - Guangtian
Hu, JunHU Jun
as Liu - Zeshui
as US Army Captain
Liao, FanLIAO Fan
as Jiao, Dapeng
LI Naiwen
as Lv, Kuangou
Ren, QuanREN Quan
as Political Instructor
Tang, YanTANG Yan
as Sun, Guiqin
Wang, BaoqiangWANG Baoqiang
as Maocai Jiang
YUAN Wenkang
as Wang - Jincun
ZHAO Shaokang
as Lao Ciwei

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