The 400 Million 84 years old

The 400 Million

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?"

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The 400 Million Cast

Name Character
Sidney Lumet He was 14, 86 years old when he died as Additional Voice (voice)
Alfred Ryder He was 23, 79 years old when he died as Additional Voice (voice)
Fredric March He was 41, 77 years old when he died as Narration (voice)
Lai Sek as Himself (archive footage)
Morris Carnovsky He was 41, 94 years old when he died as Additional Voice (voice)
Robert Q. Lewis He was 18, 71 years old when he died as Additional Voice (voice)

The 400 Million Crew

Name Department
Hanns Eisler as Music. He was 40 (64) years old when He died Sound
Dudley Nichols as Writer. He was 43 (64) years old when He died Writing
Robert Capa as Cinematography. He was 25 (40) years old when He died Crew
Joris Ivens as Director. He was 40 (90) years old when He died Directing
Joris Ivens as Writer. He was 40 (90) years old when He died Writing
Helen van Dongen as Editor. She was 30 (97) years old when She died Editing
John Fernhout as Cinematography. He was 25 (73) years old when He died Crew
The 400 Million poster
The 400 Million (84 years)

  • Release day: Tuesday, March 07, 1939
  • Runtime: 54 minutes