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Director  Lin Shan Sha Meng
Language  Mandarin
6.8/10 IMDb

Country  China
Battle on Shangganling Mountain movie poster
Release date  1956 (1956)

Battle on Shangganling Mountain is a 1956 Chinese war film. It is also known as Shangganling Battle.

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The film depicts the Battle of Triangle Hill during the Korean War which American soldiers recall as especially hard fought.

Battle on Shangganling Mountain follows a group of Chinese People's Volunteer Army soldiers who are holding Triangle Hill for several days against US forces. Short of both food and water, they hold their ground until the relief troops arrive. The movie portray the battle as a Chinese victory over an American invasion, and the People's Volunteer Army soldiers were shown as Chinese war heroes. The film's style and view of the battle have been contrasted with the 1959 American film Porkchop Hill.

The spirit of Shangganling

The battle of Shangganling has become a symbol of Chinese "die for the sake of motherland" heroism, and also the symbol of fighting spirit of the Chinese military. Taking into account of the absolute superiority of American ground artillery power and air power, resulting in the People's Volunteer Army regaining their original positions against high American and South Korean casualties, the Chinese promote it as a military victory with emphasis on Chinese soldier's endurance and sacrifice.

White House performance controversy

On 19 January 2011, pianist Lang Lang played the theme song of this movie at a White House state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao. The event generated controversies within both US and China, similar to the "anti-Soviet" music of composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

References

Battle on Shangganling Mountain Wikipedia
Battle on Shangganling Mountain IMDb Battle on Shangganling Mountain themoviedb.org


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