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The 400 Million

  • 0 10
  • 1939
  • Nonemin
The 400 Million
  • English, Chinese

The 400 million people of China are heirs to a great civilization, as their pagodas and stone lions can attest. But they are under attack from the Japanese. Civilian refugees walk, stumble, crawl to escape the destruction of their cities... While in the China of tradition, water buffalo still work the paddies and camels cross the desert, modern China is now a republic founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, with modern schools, heavy industry, large engineering projects... The government of Chiang Kai-shek resists the Japanese invasion from the coast. Madame Chiang receives a cheque from the U.S.A. for war relief. War production continues in distant villages safe from the grasp of the Japanese. With modern weapons the Chinese are pursuing their struggle behind enemy lines. And still their opponent persists in his reprisal bombings of civilian targets. "Will these people win?"

The 400 Million
  • English, Chinese
Joris Ivens
Joris Ivens Director, Writer
John Fernhout
John Fernhout Director of photography
Robert Capa
Robert Capa Director of photography
Fredric March
Fredric March Narration (voice)
Robert Q. Lewis
Robert Q. Lewis Additional Voice (voice)
Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet Additional Voice (voice)
Morris Carnovsky
Morris Carnovsky Additional Voice (voice)
Alfred Ryder
Alfred Ryder Additional Voice (voice)
Adelaide Bean
Adelaide Bean Additional Voice (voice)
Kai-Shek Chiang
Kai-Shek Chiang Himself (archive footage)
Madame Chiang
Madame Chiang Herself (archive footage)