It's 1937 and three months since Japan launched the invasion of China. Japanese forces have been ordered to take control of the Sihang Central warehouse located across the international settlements of Suzhou Creek.
Inside, a group of Chinese soldiers, led by their Lieutenant Commander Xie Jinyuan, hold their ground, defending the city at any cost. Only 400 soldiers remain but thanks to a calculated move by their leader, they were able led the authorities believe that the warehouse was guarded by 800 men. The stand - off, which took place in full view of Chinese nationals and international communities - proved to be the most challenging battle. The standoff made world headlines and not wanting to involve the Western communities in their war the Japanese has to find a way to end the siege without using use of artillery or mustard gas, and so were drawn into an exhausting, bloody fight lasting four days and four nights.
The story of the 800 heroes has been filmed previously, first in 1938 as '800 Heroes' directed by Ying Yunwei. A Taiwanese production told the story of 'Eight Hundred Heroes' in 1977 written and directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Ting Shan-hsi - the writer of iconic kung-fu classic 'Come Drink With Me.' This latest telling marks award winning director Guan Hu's 11th film made on a budget of only $80 million it took over $400 million at the box office. The film has largely been praised as an epic in the vein of 'Dunkirk' and Guan Hu's ability to plant audiences firmly into both the intimacy and magnitude of a brutal war spectacle.
Courtesy of Trinity Cine Asia 'The Eight Hundred' will be available on DVD from the 22nd March and on Blu Ray and Digital from 12th April. All are available to pre-order now on Amazon.