「古寧頭大戰」 "The Battle of Guningtou" (original English title: "The Battle of Kuningtou") is an epic war movie produced by the Central Movie Corporation on Taiwan, Republic of China (R.O.C.), dramatizing the Battle for Kinmen Island (October 25-27, 1949) in the closing stages of the Chinese Civil War. Produced with the full support of the R.O.C. armed services, this epic premiered in Taiwan in the summer of 1980, a year after the United States broke off diplomatic relations with the R.O.C . in favor of the Peoples Republic of China on the mainland.
Note that this low-resolution video, taken from a CTS (China Television Service) TV broadcast of the film, is an edited version of the original theatrical version--a number of propagandistic scenes demonizing the Chinese Communists have been cut, including one segment in which PLA soldiers slaughter civilians in an occupied village. Obviously for the sake of not offending certain people's sensibilities--although it also did not occur historically during the eponymous battle.
The Nationalist victory over the Communist invasion of Kinmen island in this battle, which lay only a few miles off the Chinese mainland, was a major morale boost for the Nationalist regime and Army, and is often regarded as "The Battle That Saved Taiwan" from Communist domination.
While stylistically similar to other war movies produced by the R.O.C. during the 1970's and 80's before Taiwan's prolific movie industry declined--the propaganda message clearly emphasizing patriotism, courage and self-reliance in the face of mortal threat from the Chinese Communists--this film boasts high production value and is overall historically accurate, though not without a bevy of historical detail flubs.