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Any chance to see a close up of a button? If not wartime buttons display the King's Crown (Tudor Crown), Post war (after 1952) the buttons display the Queen's Crown (St. Edward's). I'll pull out my WWII period RAF great coat, compare and get back to you here tomorrow.
The uniforms become an allegory for the struggle of the Chinese troops during their struggles in this epic. They start of clean and smart looking and in the end they are reduced to rags. But in their eyes, despite horrendous losses, they won.
To the victors, go the history books.
This is a very quick glance that barely covers this epic movie.
The bottom line is I recommend watching this mega-movie on a cold wintry afternoon when you have something else to do. Or, you could do what I did and break it up into three one hour segments. The Chinese characters are played by their A-list actors, and they are believable in their roles. The production values are first rate, and in general a feeling of suspense is maintained throughout the movie. Of course, it ends on a highly patriotic note if you happen to be Chinese, and that can be quite antagonizing if you are an American viewer. But it does offer an interesting view as to how “the other side” viewed the war.
The movie is currently available in full length on Youtube with English subtitles.
(The photos are mostly screen grabs from the movie itself (not an easy task as noted) and still shots from IMDB and other promotional materials. The copyrights for these images belong to the film makers, and are only used here for critical review.
Not a spoiler, but ultimately the American units are pushed back. The movie gives this tactical withdrawal all the signifigance of Napoleon's retreat from Moscow. It's over done with scores of wounded and stacks of dogtags. It implies that the final withdrawal was a complete and chaotic route.
The final scene is thousands upon thousands of Chinese troops rushing to the shoreline waiving their rifles and red flags in the air.
Even with a fictional work, you can sometimes pick up details and trivia that you may have overlooked.
In this scene, the identification badges and identifying hat stars are gathered and turned in before they unit crosses into Korea.
New member here.
I am on the US military forums, but, have a few English blades and gear too.
Some photos of my English blades, some US ones may have slipped in too (particularly the last picture.)
Also collect WWII British weapons and accessories to a degree, too.
Nice to meet you all.
Minor characters are also shown in their heroic roles.
On their way to the front, the soldiers of the 7th Company stop at a train depot for replenishment. Unfortunately, they are interrupted by an American air raid before they could get their full compliment of winter uniforms.
This young lady and her coworkers valiantly throw stacks of bundled uniforms into the arms of the troops a they pull out of the station. They then throw their own hats and coats, and the young woman throws her symbolic red scarf and hat as well. We then see her wave farewell to the warriors riding off to battle.
As far as weaponry, the PVA volunteers are shown to be using what they could capture from their enemies. The company commander favors a Sten gun, probably left over from WWII. His brother picks up an American carbine at some point, and M1 Garands are also seen in use by the Reds.
Interestingly, even the munitions are used for propaganda purposes. American grenades, for example, when they detonate, have all the sizzle of a large New Year’s firecracker. Chinese grenades and shape charges produce explosions that could be measured in megatons.
Music, of course, heightens the mood. The background music for the landing at Inchon is both menacing and a call to arms.