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The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

 -  Drama | War  -  3 April 2008 (China)
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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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Guang Li ...
Lin Ji ...
Horse Rider
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Ping Su ...
Imai Hideaki ...
Japanese Officer
Seiichiro Hashimoto ...
Urbane Japanese Officer (as Sciichiro Hashimoto)
Shinichi Takashima ...
Xing Mang ...
Young Communist
Ruixiang Zhu ...
Japanese Officer II
Yuelong Fang ...
Rou Ding
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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

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

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3 April 2008 (China)  »

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Los niños de China  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$55,760 (USA) (23 May 2008)

Gross:

$1,027,749 (USA) (10 October 2008)
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There's several scenes of Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2 'Zero' fighter planes strafing Chinese civilians and Nationalist soldiers in 1937-38. The Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero fighter plane would make its combat debut over Chungking, China in August 1940. Prior to that time, the Japanese were employing imperial Army Nakajima Ki-27 fighter planes with the fixed landing gear and the imperial Navy Mitsubishi A5M, also with fixed landing gear, later codenamed, "Claude", by the Allies. The Allies later codenamed the Ki-27, "Nate". 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 24 May 2008 (2008) See more »

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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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A story needed to be told
3 May 2009 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This is like a Schindler's List for the Chinese. It's a war story that focuses not on the terror and pain and atrocities, but on the good a person can do and it is based on a true story. Something that needs to be told and remembered.

That being said, was it a well told story? Yes and no. It seemed terribly fragmented to me, moving from one scene to the other with the speed of a bullet. It is hard to "feel" the individual character changes because it all happens so fast. Of course, I couldn't expect a two hour movie to slowly tell a story that spanned many months in real life, but still. You can't show two friends entering China, then one dying and completely omit him from the story from then on because you don't have time. On the other hand, I hardly see the subject as appropriate for a mini series.

Bottom line: good story, good acting, watch it if you feel the need for a good war time drama that inspires.


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