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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.

Director:

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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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

In the rail yard scene the box cars are modern steel types and the ties are a modern concrete type although the movie takes place in the 1930's. 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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A story needed to be told
3 May 2009 | by sideriteSee 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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