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Product details

  • Actors: Chao Deng, Heng Hu, Jun Hu
  • Directors: Feng Xiaogang
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In2film
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Mar. 2009
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MAA6YW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,301 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

From the team that brought you the acclaimed 'Brotherhood' comes the epic, record-breaking box office smash. Based on a true story, ASSEMBLY follows one man s journey in search of truth and honour during a Civil War where China saw one of its bloodiest battles. Winter 1948: Captain Guzidi leads an infantry unit consisting of just 46 men on a sniping mission to defend the south bank of the Wen River. Their orders are to fight until the retreat assembly call is charged. That call never comes. After many long hours of defence and with ammunition running out, men are falling hard and fast. The realisation dawns on Guzidi that the call might have been missed in the heat of battle, contributing to the deaths of those under his command. Waking in hospital after a brutal campaign Guzidi believes the last of his men sacrificed themselves during the deadly engagement. But he is shocked to discover they have been deemed missing or worse, deserters. He returns to the site of the battle, determined to prove the existence the 46 heroes he fought with and honour their glorious deaths. Featuring some of the most intense battle scenes ever captured on film, 'Assembly' is a cinematic experience like no other.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Smith on 7 Feb. 2011
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Feng Xiaogang's Assembly has drawn several comparisons, not least of which is Saving Private Ryan. However, due to the cultural vantage point one often views Chinese Cinema through, it should be taken on its own merits as a war movie, rather than the all too common approach of labeling a Chinese movie as "China's answer to..."
Assembly is a unique war movie that should be appreciated on its own merits. The most immediate comparison, Saving Private Ryan, is not without reason, as the cinematography, choreography, and visual styles are very similar, and both are very bloody, Assembly more so. However, this is where the appropriate comparisons, as far as this reviewer is concerned, end.
Set during the Chinese Civil War, Assembly is certainly no propaganda piece. No insight is given into the cause of either sides struggle, and the story of Gu Zidi's struggle is taken as the story of a soldier's struggle for the recognition of the sacrifices of himself and his brother's, not with any ideological agenda.
First of all, the battle scenes are very intense, and easily on a par (if not superior to) the set pieces found in Western Cinema. However, the action set pieces are primarily located in the first half of the movie, as the rest concerns the struggle of Gu Zidi to counter the MIA status incorrectly accorded to his 46 brother's who perished in combat. While the first half is a harrowing war movie, the second half is a moving portrayal of one man's struggle for the recognition of his brother's.
The cinematography is beautiful, with a contrast between the devastated landscape of the war, and the beautiful landscape of 1950s North East China.
Assembly is both a harrowing war movie, and a heartfelt story of one man's struggle for recognition. One of the best war movies I have ever seen, and a movie to be approached on its own merits, without the predictable comparisons.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By :) VINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2009
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A true story, gritty and honest and brilliant. Based on a true event about a small force of soldiers holding out to quite literally the last man, and then being forgotten. The only survivor then spending years trying to prove they existed and were not deserters. Sound simple but is beautifully and shot, incredibly violent and bloody, but uplifting too. It is Chinese, has subtitles, but it is brilliant, one of the best war films I have ever seen!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B Murphy on 7 Jun. 2010
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But after the battles are gone done and over it changes drastically to one of the frailties of an old soldier, though this drags on slightly, it feels raw and compelling even tear jerking at times.

The subtitles are a bit funny sometimes though and make no sense in English (I had no idea what they were saying in Chinese)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NELMES316 on 12 Sept. 2011
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I have to admit watching this film merely on the strength of its trailer. I was a little worried that it would be full of Chinese propaganda. I needn't have had such concerns. This is one of the most gripping and thought provoking war films I have ever watched. Set during the Chinese Civil War of 1948 and Korean War and after. We follow Captain Gu Zidi, A soldier trying to gain acknowledgment for comrades who died in a massacre he felt he could have prevented. The battle scenes are mind blowing and some of the most brutal I have ever watched. It was interesting to see the point of view of a defending force after so many war films focussed on the attacking side's p.o.v. I suppose it would be easy just to write that this is the Chinese Saving Private Ryan. But the film is much deeper than that. It very much focuses on the relationship among individual soldiers and the brutalities of war. Hanyu Zhang performance as Captain Gu Zidi is outstanding and in my opinion one of the greatest acting performances I have seen recent years. I highly recommend you see this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Cantrell on 20 April 2010
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Set during and in the decade after the Chinese civil war, the film is based on the true story of a war hero fighting for the honour of his company, who despite fighting to the last man to cover the retreat of their regiment, were listed as Missing In Action instead of killed by the enemy. It is well-written (and well-translated and subtitled too - including, amusingly, a few lines in English spoken by a Yankee tank commander during a scene set in the Korean War), well shot, has an especially good musical score, but is perhaps a little let down by the acting - although I'm sure it doesn't help that I was having to read subtitles instead of just watching. The lead character Gu Zidi is particularly sympathetic, as is his company's political officer, but the rest are somewhat one-dimensional. Overall, the story is touching, and that it provokes an emotional response shows that it's Good Stuff. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Big Orange One on 11 Sept. 2014
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Good fast delivery. I thought the film was great. The first half is the war. The battles were well done, bloody and realistic, and I didnt really get a sense of one side is good the other is bad, they were just two sides at war following orders. The second part of the film is set after the war and covers the continued attempts of the captain to prove his troups were heroes and get them the recognition they deserved. After the raw emotion raised by the battle scenes this second half was a gentler but for me more emotional section and was very well done. One star has been lost for the disc itself though. Before the film you have to sit through several trailers that cannot be skipped. The extras are minimal with only a trailer and making of featurette.
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