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Based on 22 Critics
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fan reviews ( 5 )
  • You can be 100 percent in favor of rescuing adorable orphans from war-torn zones and still find The Children of Huang Shi a tough haul. show more

  • Sometimes the most compelling real-life stories make better documentaries than dramas. Such would seem to be the case with The Children of Huang Shi. show more

  • Never achieves the David Lean style of epic it aims for - exterior vistas and interior dramas - but it has two charismatic performances, beautiful Chinese locations and an admirable lack of sentimentality. 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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