The Children of Huang Shi

R| 2 hr. 5 min.

Plot Summary
In 1930s China, British journalist George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an American nurse named Lee (Radha Mitchell) and a Chinese partisan leader named Chen (Chow Yun Fat) join together to rescue 60 orphans. Together, they lead the children on an amazing but dangerous journey over snow-covered mountains and harsh desert terrain in search of a safe haven.

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Genres: Historical drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

Release Date: May 23rd, 2008|2 hr. 5 min.

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  • Full of incident but nearly devoid of dramatic tension, The Children of Huang Shi is a based-on-fact saga that has lost much of its power on the long road to the screen. show more

  • Tells an engrossing story of a remarkable man, but nevertheless it's underwhelming. Dramatic and romantic tension never coil very tightly, as the film settles into a contented pace. show more

  • This formulaic adventure pays tribute to George Hogg, a true hero largely forgotten everywhere but China, where a statue of him now stands -- a rare honor for a westerner. show more

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  • February 17, 2009 Bellehare9
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    Visually stunning - but weak in continuity. I'm not sure whether to blame it on the scriptwriting or the editing - but it feel like there are many large gaps where the story just skips and you wonder if you missed something somehow. That also results in poor character development - no momentum in building characters (or perhaps just too much editing). I didn't feel any chemistry between the 2 main players.

  • July 11, 2008 EdwLzz
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  • June 21, 2008 DLinderHaus
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    The two weaknesses of this film were Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, who is a one-tune actor and is still apparently playing Henry the 8th...(seriously overacted many of the personal scenes)...and the cutting of the film, the Chinese-Australian-German team leaving us often with plot confusions. However, the action, the handling of the horrible destruction in Nanking, the Chinese countryside, the journey over the mountains and the amazing scenes of the Silk Road were magnificent. And who wouldn't see any movie with Chow Yun-Fat in it?

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