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  • Actors: Hu Jun, Liao Fan, Wang Baoqiang, Tang Yang, Zhang Hanyu
  • Directors: Feng Xiaogang
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Import, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tai Seng
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026KWTSI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Travis Eckland on April 19, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
After seeing Tae Guk GI, I really got interested in foreign movies. This happened to be one that I picked up. My reactions towards this movie are mixed. Don't get me wrong, this is a great movie. It's just that it really isn't a single movie, it's more like two movies combined into one. The first half of the movie is about the civil war fought in China in 1948 (I think, I don't know too much about Chinese history). The second half, is more of a drama about the aftermath with a few political sidenotes here and there.
That said, I did enjoy the movie. It does have its' flaws (mainly weak character development), but they're easy to forgive given the chaotic war of the first half and the intriguing drama of the second half.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jub Jub on November 14, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Assembly was a movie I discovered by accident when surfing the Youtube one day. I found a music video using the battle scenes from this movie and I was wondering what the heck it was from as the footage looked a lot like the Battle of the Bulge scenes from Band of Brothers but with Chinese or Korean actors. After poking around in the comments and Wikipedia for a little bit, I discovered that Assembly is a Chinese movie made in 2007 and is hailed as one of the best mainland China produced films to date. I found it on Amazon and ordered it. After watching it I can see why it was so critically acclaimed. It has some of the best battle scenes I have seen since Band of Brothers and The Pacific. It has some amazing cinematography and while confusing in the middle, a very well done human element that ties the movie together well at the end.

The film starts off in 1948 during the Chinese Civil War with PLA Captain Gu Zidi (played by Zhang Hanyu) as his battered company takes a war torn town in the dead of winter. If you've seen Band of Brothers, it will remind you a lot of the Battle of the Bulge episodes. After taking the town with heavy losses, his company, now at only 50% strength, is ordered to hold the Battalion's flank at an old mine near a river bank. He is ordered not to retreat until he hears the bugle call for assembly with the rest of the regiment. After a day of brutal fighting with Chinese Nationalist forces (yes, the good guys in this are the communists), the company has taken heavy losses and cannot hold out but the CO has yet to hear the bugle call so they can not retreat. The film then skips ahead to the Korean War which Gu is now taking part in.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Woopak VINE VOICE on June 29, 2009
Format: DVD
Feng Xiaogang is better known for colorful epics such as "The Banquet" in the U.S.. Well, the Chinese filmmaker is poised to redefine war epics in the Chinese war film "The ASSEMBLY" (2007). The Chinese have dubbed this film as their answer to the award-winning film by Spielberg; "Saving Private Ryan" and to South Korea`s "Tae Guk Gi". The film is a powerful achievement in Chinese cinema, because of the humanity of its portrayal and the technically sound intense battle sequences. The film was inspired by true events.

The film takes place during the Chinese civil war of 1948 between the Communist People's Liberation Army and the Nationalist Kuomin Tang forces (KMT). Captain Gu Zidi (Zhang Hanyu) leads the 9th Company (139th Regiment) and the group is determined to win at any cost. Gu did time in prison for killing his captive P.O.W.'s after they've already surrendered. Reassigned to the frontlines to defend a mineral mine from the approaching KMT Army, the 9th company is outgunned and outnumbered by the approaching army--this KMT Army is equipped with tanks, and heavy artillery. Gu's 9th company suffer heavy losses that leads to the men arguing as whether they should fight or retreat, they are supposed to retreat once they hear a Bugle call but Gu's hearing has been impaired during one of the assaults. Some soldiers say that they heard it while some didn't--Gu is unable to verify whether or not the Bugle call has been made, so he commits his men to fight on--to the very last man standing.

The first half of the film focuses on the 9th company's experiences in the frontline. The film's battle sequences are among the best I've seen and undoubtedly the best ever produced in Chinese cinema.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Capt. Lou Costello on August 1, 2009
Format: DVD
and the misery that comes to those who are caught up in it is brought to frightening reality on the big screen in this masterfully filmed effort by Feng Xiaogang. The story of a Chinese regiment fighting against the Nationalists in the brutal civil war manages to tug at almost every human emotion. The protagonist officer who leads his men in a savage last stand is perfectly portrayed. The scenes of warfare in this movie are very well done and manage to do so without demonizing the enemy as in so many war films. For those of you who know such things, and there are many, the range of weaponry used in this film spans the the entire history of modern warfare for the Chinese from the 1920's on through the war in Korea and adds greatly to the intense realism of the film. Watch for the scene in which the Captain sees what has become of the old helmets once used by the soldiers.

The main character, Captain Gu Zidi, superbly played by Zhang Hanyu, cannot give up the memory of his lost men and never ceases in his struggle to have their memory honored. The portrayal of this struggle by this one man gives this film everything thing it needs for great drama. This work has a far stronger story than "Saving Private Ryan" and in modern cinema can only be rivaled by South Korea's "Tae Guk Gi". This is not only a great war film but is one of the very best films of any kind I have been privileged to see in recent years.
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