Foreign War Movies Worth a Damn: The Eight Hundred (2020)

During the early days of the Second Sino-Japanese War, and on a greater scale World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army invaded Shanghai in what became known as the Battle of Shanghai. After holding back the Japanese for over 3 months, and suffering heavy losses, the Chinese army was forced to retreat due to the danger of being encircled. Lieutenant Colonel Xie Jinyuan of the 524th Regiment of the under-equipped 88th Division of the National Revolutionary Army, led 452 young officers and soldiers to defend Sihang Warehouse against the 3rd Imperial Japanese Division consisting of around 20,000 troops on a heroic suicidal last stand against the Japanese under an order by Generalissimo of Nationalist China, Chiang Kai-shek. The decision was made to provide a morale boost to the Chinese people after the losses of Beijing and Shanghai, and helped spur support from the Western powers, who were in full view of the battle from the International Settlement in Shanghai just across the Suzhou Creek.

This movie is based on an earlier film from 1975 called The Eight Hundred Heroes.


Foreign WW2/War Movies Worth A Damn #1

OK, so I started thinking about a list of some Foreign War Movies worth a look.

Most people would not believe that some of the best and most realistic World War Two (and War Movies in general) are foreign made. (Yes they have English subtitles, so you lazy couch potatoes will have to read some! God Forbid.)


Fortress of War (aka The Brest Fortress)

 2010 Russian-Belarusian war film recounting the June 1941 defense of Brest Fortress against invading Wehrmacht forces in the opening stages of Operation BarbarossaNazi Germany‘s invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II.[1][2] Events are narrated from the perspective of 15-year-old Sasha Akimov, centering on three resistance zones holding out against the protracted German siege. The defending forces are led by regiment commander Major Pyotr Gavrilov (44th Rifle Regiment of the Red Army), with Regimental Commissar Yefim Fomin (84th Rifle Regiment of the Red Army), and the head of the 9th Frontier Outpost, Lieutenant Andrey Mitrofanovich Kizhevatov.

Can be viewed on YouTube with English subs.


The Dawn’s Here Are Quiet

This 2015 remake of the 1972 Soviet WW2 film is a real gem. Based on the 1969 novel by Boris Vasilyev, the movie tells the story of an unfulfilled Soviet Army Sergeant stationed in an out of the way outpost near the Finnish border during 1942. The outpost is home to two AA Flak guns and a detachment of six female crew members. When a German Paratroop Squad is spotted in the woods, the Sergeant has no choice but to engage the Germans with the Five female soldiers (leaving one behind.)

What follows is an amazing story of bravery, courage and sacrifice.

Can be Viewed on Amazon Prime.


City of Life and Death

OK, so this is really Pre-WW2 (1937) but historically it goes hand in hand with Japan’s aggressive stance toward the conquest of China and Asia. Strap in with this one because it is a tough watch at times. The Rape of Nanking is one of the most horrific chapters in modern warfare history to be sure and yeah it was perpetrated by the Japanese Imperial Army, not the Germans.

Can be Viewed on Amazon Prime

Back to 1942

This is one of those movies that has a great cast but did not get great reviews overall. Honestly, I enjoyed it as a War film because it shows the hardship of war on the civilian population. China had it really terrible in WW2, putting up with not only the Japs, but also a Civil War where Communist were taking everything not nailed down for the “State.” (And we all know how that turned out.)

Can be Viewed on Amazon Video



This is set in 1947 during the Chinese Civil War between Chiang Kai-Shek’s KMT Nationalist Army and the Red Communist led by Mao Zedong.

A really gritty war picture set during a really nasty period in Chinese history.

Can be Viewed on DVD or Streamed Online.


My Way

Fascinating true story about a Korean solider who was conscripted by the Japanese Imperial Army, The Soviet Red Army and the Wermacht during WW2. He was captured by American forces on D-Day while fighting with a group of German conscripts.

Read more about this amazing story HERE.

Can be Viewed on Amazon Prime


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