7 Man Army
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|7 Man Army|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Chang Cheh|
|Written by||Ni Kuang
|Music by||Chen Yung-yu
Frankie Chan Fan-Kei
|Edited by||Kuo Ting-hung|
|Distributed by||Concorde Film (1977, Netherlands theatrical release)|
7 Man Army is a 1976 Hong Kong historical war action film directed by Chang Cheh and starring Ti Lung, David Chiang, Alexander Fu and Chen Kuan-Tai. It was written by Ni Kuang and Chang Cheh. Chan San-Yat and Hsieh Hsing were the action directors. The film is a fictionalized account of the Defense of the Great Wall, during the Second Sino-Japanese war. It was filmed in Taiwan.
During the Second Sino-Japanese war 20,000 Japanese troops and 50 tanks invade Pa Tou Lou Tzu, or Badaling, a strategic point along the Great Wall of China. The Defense of the Great Wall was one of the earliest battles, or "incidents," between Chinese and Japanese troops. The Chinese captured a Japanese outpost following a fierce battle. With stick grenades the Chinese disabled Japanese machine gun nests and killed all the Japanese inside.
The Chinese outpost, with a force of seven men, held off the invading Japanese army for five days. First attack by Mongol mercenaries and Japanese troops failed and all Mongols were killed by the Chinese. On the sixth day, all 7 soldiers were killed in action. However, the outpost successfully covered for other Chinese forces to retreat. The seven soldiers tricked the Japanese army into believing there were a thousand Chinese troops defending the outpost.
Bronze statues of the fighting soldiers were built in Lesser Kinmen in commemoration.
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