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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Personal accounts from the Japanese occupation of Eastern China during the 1930s when many innocent civilians were slaughtered by the Japanese military. Based on Iris Chang's "The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II".

Stars: Michelle Yeoh


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack (Chen Hansheng)
Guang Li ...
Lin Ji ...
Horse Rider
Matthew Walker ...
Anastasia Kolpakova ...
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


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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Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los niños de China  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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


$1,027,749 (USA) (10 October 2008)

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When Hogg photographs the Japanese soldiers rounding up the Chinese civilians from the first floor window overlooking the scene, many of the shots, and the black & white prints later produced by the Japanese officer are clearly taken with a telephoto lens. Hogg's range finder 35mm camera was not fitted with a telephoto lens. See more »


[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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Written by Arne Eickenberg
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This is a top quality movie
23 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a top quality movie; it is inspirational. Jonathan Rhys Meyers' acting was superb. The scenery was beautiful and the children were touching. I highly recommend this movie. Here was a true hero in every sense of the word. George Hogg risked his life to save the lives of innocent children. He also risked his life to publicize the truth. His parents were courageous pacifists. He struggled with the dilemma of when pacifism is appropriate and when fighting back is appropriate. Yun-Fat Chow and Michelle Yeoh were also outstanding in their roles. It was interesting and informative regarding a period of history and location that is not that widely known about in the West.

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