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8/10
Excellent production based on historical events
atmobilemail13 December 2020
This movie is about China's involvement in the Koran war with an ill-equipped army. The cinematography is excellent as were the majority of the actors. The pacing was a little slow, but this was due to the strategy involved, and not the directing. However, some scenes were used more than once, which was odd. One commentator wrote that this movie is propaganda; well, what does that make Saving Private Ryan and Pearl Harbor, if not over the top propaganda war movies?
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3/10
An excellent group of cast, except the nasty co-director Guan Hu
BeanEsquire1 November 2020
The whole film gives me a feeling that the People's Volunteer Army truly has the spirit of bravery and self-sacrifice. However, it fails to tell me why, what the significance and meaning are.

Also, most of those gory close-ups are not necessary, even being abused. There is no need to utilize those to show the bloody aspect of the war, let alone those remains of dead bodies are all the respectable heroes'. They should have tried other smarter methods.

I have my sincere respect for the actor Zhang Yi. He has shown his tremendous acting here. Also, other items like visual effects, costume, photography, are all above-average levels...

...except that one of the co-director Guan Hu himself is selfish and nasty. He deliberately wore a U.S. Navy's hat when he was in an interview about this film in which his compatriots fought against the U.S. Army. He was impolite at all when they cast visited the monument to the martyrs of this war. Just imagine that Tom Hanks wore a Nazi armband when he was in an interview about his film Saving Private Ryan, and danced delightedly when he was visiting the monuments of the Normandy landings, what would you feel?

I vote six stars for this film, and minus three of them owing to Guan Hu.
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8/10
Very gripping war drama
sonnygoten24 January 2021
Very good war drama. Has good action and I love how they filmed from both the POV of foot soldiers, the American warplanes, and the gunners side to get a close-up of what it was like on the battlefield for each perspective.
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8/10
Sense of patriotism, but from the other perspective
dynastiearnsberg1 April 2021
Warning: Spoilers
The story is told in a loop which takes you into the perspective of various soldiers in this battle.

You experience the "loop" in Chinese perspective and an American pilot's perspective. Then again Chinese perspective.

"Propaganda" would definitely be the WRONG word to describe this movie, because the movie is being told from the Chinese perspective.

(It's directed by a Chinese director, duh)

It, the movie, does accentuate the Chinese PLA mentality which can be a foreign concept for those unfamiliar with it.

But for those who heard stories from grandparents or senior relatives, it perfectly depicts those stories.

This movie let its viewers experience the difference between the quality of war equipment vs the quantity of military personnel with a high sense of patriotism.

Which led to an insane amount of casualties on the side with less military resources.

Again, if you watch this movie. Then you can not start with an anti China sentiment, because you know from the get go that it is directed by a Chinese director.

Instead, approach the movie neutrally to experience what the director tries to translate with this movie The spirit of the PLA who have fought an internal war (CCP vs KMT), an invasive war (Japan) and an international constitutional war (anti communism) in a time span of 16 years, 1937-1953.

With the movie taking time in the constitutional war.

As a Chinese myself, a sense of patriotism and pride surged through me after the ending.

As a 3rd generation immigrant, it showed me how far China has come.

Conclusion: for Chinese descendants a must see. For neutral viewers, it belongs to the category war drama.

For those who can't stand China or the CCP, just skip this movie.

8 stars.
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1/10
Disgusting propaganda tools, artificially falsified historical events, crude and fraudulent works
yoggwork11 December 2020
Disgusting propaganda tools, artificially falsified historical events, crude and fraudulent works
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9/10
A Justice war
liberta-960783 January 2021
The stroty telling and the angle are very unique and excellent. Chinese has reached a world-class quality. It is nice to see a none American,, Hollywood movie, which is typically one-side and boring, with this quality from Chinese eyes.
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10/10
the Chinese spirit is forever
www-7807620 December 2020
Warning: Spoilers
The movie is not over, the Chinese spirit is forever!!!
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5/10
Korean war from Chinese point of view
qqml10 January 2021
The narration says that the United States invaded China and China fought for self defense and for their people. Sadly, 70 years after the war, Chinese government still not telling its people the truth, i.e., the north Korean invaded the south first, and the south and its allies are actually defending themselves. The reason for China to be involved in the war is not because Chinese people are heroes like depicted in the movie, but the results of political game between Chinese communists and Soviet Union communists. Ordinary people died in vain. They are "the sacrifice" for the politics.

The moving shooting and special effects are actually not bad except the part that the cowboy hat never flew away with open canopy on fighter jet. It's so fake.
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6 out of 10 stars from my side. Passable! Warning: Spoilers
The Sacrifice (2020) / Jin Gang Chuan

The Chinese have their own "Dunkirk style" war movie. Four chapters, one story told from three different perspectives and the final chapter, the grand finale where we see the "Human Bridge".

To give you the gist of it:

During the end of the Korean war the Chinese have built a bridge over the Kumsong river to get their main attacking force onto the other shore, Americans come and destroy it, Chinese repair and rebuild it within the next 3 hours. And so it goes for days ad nauseam.

It's a decent war movie although there are some moments, where I was slightly bored. The highlight of the movie nevertheless is the awesome realistic sound of the 2 flak cannons! Turned up the volume to the max, 7.1 channel Dolby surround audio will surely make any neighbour bang their broomstick against the ceiling.

There is also a weak attempt at a love story, but luckily the female radio comms operator is turned into a scorched and crispy piece of bacon soon enough! I hate it when war movies twist into some sort of all-out Pearl Harbor. Fortunately for the viewer the director snuffed it soon enough.
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