On October 26th, 1937, it’s almost end of the three-month battle of Shanghai. The National Revolutionary Army seems doomed to failure. The principle force has started retreating to the west while the “Eight Hundred Heroes” led by Commander Xie Jinyuan stay and defend the Si Hang Warehouse, also attempting to draw attention for worldwide support against Japanese aggression. By accident, a group of draft dodgers, including Duanwu, Hubei, Goat, Iron and Abacus get caught and forced to join the defence of Si Hang Warehouse. The Japanese army starts several waves of attacks. All these besieged draft dodgers want is escape from this “tomb”. Across the river, residence on the concessions are watching the dying struggles of the Chinese army indifferently.
Through the progress, the fearless bravery and sacrifice shown by Chinese army have cast subtle influence among the draft dodgers and civilians on the concessions. The draft dodgers pick up weapons and join the front line. People on the concessions are trying all the means to support. A brave girl guide even risks her life and delivers a national flag to the Si Hang Warehouse. A collective bond among soldiers and civilians cross the riversides has been forged through the simple yet solemn flag-raising ceremony.
Faced with pressure from multiple parties, the government commends the defending soldiers to cease resisting and to retreat. After holding out against numerous waves of Japanese forces for 4 days and 4 nights, the group of draft dodgers have been through the moments between life and death and make their ultimate decision - they will stay behind to cover the retreat of the remaining forces. At midnight, under the fierce attacks from Japanese army, Xie leads the “Eight Hundred Heroes” across the bridge toward the concessions, welcomed by the supporting civilians, while the remaining defenders stay in the warehouse and fight to the last man…
Chinese, Japanese, English
Beijing Diqi Yinxiang Entertainment, Huayi Brothers Media