Vast panoramas of underpopulated battle scenes (A cast of maybe a couple of thousand, not thousands upon thousands, most of them no doubt members of the P.L.A.) many explosions & one helluva lotta smoke. (Wouldn't surprise this reporter if a whole division's allotment of smoke grenades was used.)
Didn't need to understand Chinese when Nationalist officers were shown shooting their own soldiers who turned & ran. Later a high-ranking Nationalist officer plugged a fellow officer in cold blood in his command post. Defeatism? Refusing an order? The Nationalist officers are always surrounded by guards & American equipment, while
- Partisans, mostly a Red Detachment of Wymyn. Their leader sacrifices herself superheroically cutting the fuses leading to boxes stenciled "TNT MADE IN USA" w/ which the Nationalists were going to destroy a dam.
- The noble machine gunner slaughtering scores of the enemy who is himself cut down; there's always another hero to jump in & continue the slaughter. (Three times minimum, just in the part I saw.)
- And good shootin': Virtually every Nationalist who gets plugged grabs at his chest before falling down.