Ji jie hao (Assembly) Reviews
I read some of the reviews here which really amused me. Several of the reviewers, which represent a quite big population of the western world, still possess the cold-war ideology and see anything coming from China through tinted lens. Anything coming from China must carry a purpose of propaganda from the demonized Communist party. So even though they love the movie, they still want to be cautious enough to avoid being too appreciative because this movie is produced by the biggest "Communist" and perhaps "evil" country on earth. After I live in the US for over 10 years, I literally kept being astonished by how more ideological western people can be than Chinese people. Frankly speaking, Chinese people love western countries and cultures while are proud of their own. Chinese government and media do not demonize western world nowadays and rather, has been very open about the influx of western cultures and thoughts. I rarely heard that Chinese audience complain about American propaganda after watching American Sniper or Black Hawk Down. Rather, what I heard most from Chinese audiences were praises about how well these movies were made and how behind Chinese movies were left.
It's kinda off topic. But my point is, please leave out your prejudice and ideologism against China when you view this movie. Please try to evaluate it from a neutral and objective perspective.
Ji Jie Hao (Assembly) follows a soldier who fights to gain recognition for comrades who died during the Chinese Civil War. I didn't like the first half of this movie. It felt like a Micheal Bay movie where the focus was on the explosions and action. I usually don't have a problem with violence, except I knew nothing about the soldiers who died in the first halve. There's literally a scene where Hanyu Zhang just finishes introducing his new officer to his when BOOM. A big battle just occurs and some of the soldiers we were just introduced too also die. While the action scenes where spectacular to view in the first halve, they came at a cost sacrificing any characterization for any other soldier. I did love the second half of the movie for it became a gripping war drama. I sympathize for PLA captain Gu Zidi for trying to gain his fallen brothers recognition. It was sad and handle really well. I liked learning more about Gu Zidi and how the war itself affected him. The second half had characterization which was missing from the first halve of the movie. Ji Jie Hao (Assembly) is simply a movie that doesn't know what it wants to be a action driven war picture or a focus drama on Gu Zidi personal struggles. It's not all bad though, it was good production values and it shows allot of effort went into making this. I don't dislike this movie, I love the second halve of this war film, but the first halve sacrifices characterization of soldiers for big set-pieces ultimately results in the viewer not sharing the same feelings for Gu Zidi fallen brothers.
Ji Jie Hao is a lackluster action film and potent war drama mixed together. As long as you don't have big expectations, for the first at least, you will find yourself enjoying a solid war film.
Ji Jie Hao is a powerful war film with a number of heart felt performances, especially from its lead Hanyu Zhang.
There are sections of the film which may lag in pace in the final third of the film, the action though in the first couple of acts are spot on.
A Special note must be given to a tank set piece which precedes the massacre of the final group of soldiers, a well structured brutal scene, which musters enough emotion and courage, it is up there with any Hollywood war picture, could create.
The film ultimately leaves a special message of the effects of war, and human waste which wars create.
La cinta se enfoca en el personaje del capitan del batallon, quien sobrevive a pesar de quedarse casi completamente ciego despues de que le explota una mina. "Assembly" es una pelicula china muy bien montada que resulta conmovedora en su exploracion del sacrificio en el campo de batalla. Recomendable.
Anyways our man and his group of soldiers bravely take on a tank battallion and get their asses kicked and somehow he loses all the bodies in a mine. He wakes up in the Korean war and no one believes his tales of bravery so he spends the rest of the movie moaning.
so, enjoy this celebration of duty and burden