The Eight Hundred

The Eight Hundred

The Eight Hundred (Chinese: Yao) is a 2020 Chinese historical war drama film directed and co-authored by Guan Hu. It is composed of Oho Ou, Du Chun, Huang Zhizhong, Vision Vision, Wang Qianyuan, Jiang Wu, Zhang Yi, and Li In the morning, Yu Haoming, and Zheng Kai. The film tells the defense of Shanghai Sihang Warehouse in 1937. The film was originally scheduled to be released in July 2019, but it was subject to controversy and possible government intervention before it was transferred to August 21, 2020.

The Eight Hundred

On August 13, 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army invaded Shanghai. Lieutenant Colonel Xie Jinyuan of the 524th Regiment of the 88th Division of the National Revolutionary Army led more than 400 young officers to defend the Sixing Warehouse.

Guan Hu prepared for this film for ten years. “The Eight Hundred” is the first Chinese movie filmed entirely with IMAX cameras. The production team established a real scene of 68 buildings in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, covering an area of ​​133,333 square meters (1,435,180 square feet). The investment in the film is as high as 550 million yuan. The main photography works started on September 9, 2017, and ended on April 27, 2018.

The film was originally scheduled to be screened at the famous opening ceremony of the Shanghai International Film Festival on June 15, 2019, but it was postponed to July 5 due to “consultations between the production team and other entities”. Before the film was withdrawn, the China Red Culture Research Association held an academic conference on film production, and the participants expressed their opinions on the “eight hundred”. The shocking decision to cancel the film screening shined at the Shanghai Film Festival and sparked anger on the Internet. The well-known film producer Jia Zhangke criticized the decision. He stated on Sina Weibo that “this cannot be done in the film business”.

The Eight Hundred
The Eight Hundred

The film was subsequently postponed again from July 5, 2019. Due to mysterious political reasons, the film producer delayed more than a year and announced on August 2, 2020 that the film was scheduled to be released on August 21, 2020.

Directed by
Hu Guan

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Writing Credits
Hu Guan (writer)
Rui Ge (writer)
Huang Dongbin (co-writer)
Kun Hu (co-writer)

Zhi-zhong Huang as Lao Hulu
Zhang Junyi as Little Hubei
Hao Ou as Duan Wu
Wu Jiang as Lao Tie
Yi Zhang as Lao Suanpan
Qianyuan Wang as Yang Guai
Cheng Zhang as Lei Xiong
Siyu Lu as Yang Ruifu
Chun Du as Xie Jinyuan
Vision Wei as Zhu Shengzhong
Youhao Zhang as Xiao Qiyue
Yixin Tang as Yang Huimin
Jiuxiao Li as Dao Zi

Chen Li as Qi Jiaming, the Shandong Soldier
Yong Hou as Professor
Bai Qing Xin as Fang Xingwen
Jing Liang as Wife of Professor
Augusta Xu-Holland as Eva Li
Jingwu Ma as Theatre Manager
Haoming Yu as Shangguan Zhibiao
Xiaoqing Liu as Sister Rong
Chen Yao as He Xiangning
Ailei Yu as Luoyang Chan
Ryan Zheng as Chen Shusheng
Xiaoming Huang as Messager
Xiaoguang Hu as Hubei Officer
En Bai as Yang Deyu
Lu Cao as Jiang Jing
Yunlong Liu as Lin Yang

Jiahua Yang as Liao Zhikai
Hideo Nakaizumi as Konow Isao
Shuang Gao as Tang Pinxin
Wei Zheng as A Qiu
Dongping Gao as President Lu
Miyi Huang as Miss Lu
Weiyu Cao as Yu Hongjun
Yang Song as Zhang Boting
Letong Xu as Soldier
Brono Bajtala as Journalist
Terry Cormier as American Journalist
Diego Dati as Italian Military Observer
Zilan Du as Soldier

Eric Heise as American Journalist
Daniel Krauser as British Army Officer
Stuart D. Latham as American Journalist
Drago Lazetich as American journalist Tony
Samuel D.T. Mackey as British Solider / British Citirzen
Vincent Matile as French Journalist
Lionel Roudaut as Foreign military observer
David Semery as French journalist Dave
Sihan Shan
Xing Xu
Omer Yuzuak as Journalist
Gianluca Zoppa as Italian Journalist Luca

Release Dates
China : 14 August 2020 (limited)
China : 21 August 2020
Australia : 28 August 2020
Canada : 28 August 2020
New Zealand : 28 August 2020
USA : 28 August 2020
Malaysia : 3 September 2020
Singapore : 10 September 2020

Also Known As
(original title) : Ba bai
China (Mandarin title) : 八佰
Hong Kong (Mandarin title) : 八佰
Taiwan : 八佰
World-wide (English title) : The Eight Hundred

Filming Locations
Shanghai, China

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