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The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

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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
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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

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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Tsuki Koyoi
Written by Arne Eickenberg
Performed by Arne Eickenberg, Claudia Gubisch, Achim Kleiner and MFX
©2007 Verklangwelt
Courtesy of Verklangwelt
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20 May 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1937, the British reporter George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) travels to Shanghai expecting to cover the Japanese invasion of Nanking. However, the British consul does not give a visa to him since the Japanese authorities do not want journalists in the capital. George deals with a Red Cross driver that wants to get married and he assumes his identity to travel to Nanking with two other journalists in his truck.

George witness and photographs an execution of dwellers by the Japanese soldiers but he is captured. When the soldier is ready to behead George with a sword, he is saved by the communist Chinese soldier Chen Hansheng, a.k.a. Jack (Yun-Fat Chow). George is wounded by a shot and Jack brings him to the Red Cross camping where the nurse Lee Pearson (Radha Mitchell) heals him. Jack sends George to an orphanage and he becomes responsible for sixty orphans. George improves their lives and every now and then he sees Jack, who has become his friend, and Lee, for whom he has fallen in love. With the Japanese occupation and the civil war between nationalists and communists, George decides to travel of about 800 km to a distant but safe land through the mountains and desert with the orphans.

"The Children of Huang Shi" is a movie based on a true story about the life of a British journalist that saved sixty orphans during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937. The movie has magnificent cinematography and art direction, and a great cast, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Yun-Fat Chow and Michelle Yeoh. However, the narrative is cold and without emotions, and the only touching moment is in the credits, with the testimony of survivors that will certainly touch the heart of the viewer. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Órfãos da Guerra" ("Orphans of the War")


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