The Children of Huang Shi
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As China is ravaged by war in the late '30s, a young English journalist named George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) leads 60 orphans over the Liu Pan Shan mountains and into the safety of the Mongolian desert. Joining the journalist and the children on their arduous journey are an American nurse (Radha Mitchell) and the fearless leader of a Chinese partisan group (Chow Yun-Fat). The journey won't be easy, but as they boldly forge forward through snow-covered mountains and unforgiving desert, they learn the true meaning of responsibility, courage, and love. Jane Hawksley pens a drama based… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It radiates intelligence. Of how many historical epics can that be said these days?"
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Though there are some powerful performances, notably those of Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat, and some sweeping visuals, the movie feels melodramatic and overheated."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Cynicism for another true story of a reckless white adventurer finding redemption and purpose helping 3rd World unfortunates evaporates with stunning and moving WWII scenes."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
" inspiring tale of a man answering a call to greatness even if he doesn't fully understand why it's fallen to him."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"Its anti-cynical faith in the value of altruism is encouraging."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It is, however, such a spectacular-looking movie, as shot by cinematographer Zhao Xiaoding that it is, to use that old cliche, worth the price of admission."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"A disappointingly detached and tame film for such a subject matter."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The real test of endurance is on the shoulders of an audience challenged to sit through more than two hours of predictable plot turns and recycled sentimentality."
‑ David D'Arcy, Screen International
"Xiaoding Zhao's cinematography is splendid, Roger Spottiswoode's direction is workmanlike."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"History is never easy to capture in a fiction film, especially with a war in the background. But you have to at least try to embrace the whole of it, not just tear off a convenient chunk. Real life is inconvenient; great movies still deal with it."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"Very pretty but very stiffly written, The Children of Huang Shi strives for epic canvases relaying an intimate story."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"...the film falls flat under the weight of its period-drama conventions and three performances that epitomize paycheck joylessness."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, H Magazine
"Nothing in this film is subtle or unexpected, and even the hero's several near-death experiences create no real tension"
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"It is missing conviction."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"Unfortunately, like so many movies that celebrate a historical hero, Children is plagued by an overblown sense of its own importance."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
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