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The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

R | | Drama, War | 13 June 2008 (USA)
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About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.

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Roger Spottiswoode
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... George Hogg
Radha Mitchell ... Lee Pearson
Yun-Fat Chow ... Jack (Chen Hansheng)
Michelle Yeoh ... Mrs. Wang
Guang Li Guang Li ... Shi-Kai
Ji Lin Ji Lin ... Horse Rider
Matthew Walker ... Andy Fisher
Anastasia Kolpakova Anastasia Kolpakova ... Duschka
Ping Su Ping Su ... Eddie Wei
Imai Hideaki Imai Hideaki ... Japanese Officer
Seiichiro Hashimoto Seiichiro Hashimoto ... Urbane Japanese Officer (as Sciichiro Hashimoto)
Shinichi Takashima Shinichi Takashima ... Hostile Kempetai Officer
Xing Mang Xing Mang ... Young Communist
Ruixiang Zhu Ruixiang Zhu ... Japanese Officer II
Yuelong Fang Yuelong Fang ... Rou Ding
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Storyline

People thrown into an unexpected and desperate situation discover their capacity for love and responsibility. A young Englishman, George Hogg, comes to lead sixty orphaned boys on a journey of over 500 perilous miles across the snow-bound Liu Pan Shan mountains to safety on the edge of the Mongolian desert. And how, in doing so, he comes to understand the meaning of courage. During his journey, Hogg learns to rely on the support of Chen, the leader of a Chinese communist partisan group who becomes his closest friend. He soon finds himself falling in love with Lee, a recklessly brave Australian nurse whom war has turned into an unsentimental healer on horseback. Along the way Hogg befriends Madame Wang, an aristocratic survivor who has also been displaced by war, who helps the young Englishman, his friends and their sixty war orphans make their way across mountain and desert regions to a place of safety near the western end of the Great Wall of China. Written by Anonymous

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War made them orphans, one man made them legends

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing and violent content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [China] | See more »

Country:

Australia | China | Germany | USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los niños de China See more »

Filming Locations:

Chedun Studios, Shanghai, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,760, 25 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,027,749, 12 October 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Marks the first official co-production between Australia and China. See more »

Goofs

At around 00:22 into the movie when they were at a railway yard and they were attached by Japanese fighters, the tender of the steam locomotive has a China Railway Logo, (this logo has half circle on top of a rail track profile) this logo was only adopted in 1950 and still on use today. This movie is around 1937, See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
George Hogg: Shoot some hoops?
Andy Fisher: No thanks. I have to save my strength, I'm getting married on Tuesday.
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Soundtracks

Ji Wei Qia Qia
Written by Min Yao and Di-Yi Chen (as Di Y Chen)
©1955 EMI Music Publishing Hong Kong
All Rights Admin & Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd.
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Riding with Company for Thousands of Miles
12 May 2008 | by MacAindraisSee all my reviews

Children of Hueng Shi (2008) **1/2

(Quick Review)

Caught this one a little while ago. I was a bit disappointed, though i wasn't really expecting too much I suppose to begin with. The story follows the true adventures of British journalist George Hogg during WWII in China, who witnessed atrocities at the hands of Imperial Japan. Hogg eventually ends up at a school, where he reluctantly, of course, becomes attached to the children. Hogg, played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, along with the help of an Austrailian Nurse (Mitchell) and a Chinese Communist (Yun-Fat) leads sixty children on a thousand mile journey across China's mountains to safety, away from invading Japanese forces.

The technical quality of the film-making is solid - as is to be expected from Spottiswoode. However, it also carries the usual Spottiswoode flaws - namely more expositional dialogue than you can shake a stick at and convenient contrivances throughout. I enjoyed Spottiswoode's previous film, the far superior Shake Hands with the Devil (which itself it not without his usual faults), but I just couldn't get into this one. The dialogue is too heavy handed and half of it is dedicated to delivering a history lesson. Spottiswoode's desire to inform is certainly admirable, and the story and the background history certainly are worthy of telling. Nevertheless, attempting to deliver both in depth is a recipe for failure. The acting is for the most part fine: Yun-Fat delivers a fine performance, as does Rhys-Meyers, who I think someday will likely deliver an amazing rendering of a psychopath (the eyes!). Overall, I can't quite recommend it, and my review may be slightly off as I don't remember it very well (which may actually justify my review). I wouldn't however tell you to avoid it. I'll probably rewatch it someday myself just to see how this review stacks up.


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