The Children of Huang Shi
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Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of George Hogg, a young British journalist, who rescues 60 orphaned children. He leads them on a treacherous 1000-mile journey along the Silk Road, through the Liu Pan Shan Mountains into the spectacular Gobi desert. Over the course of the journey he falls in love with a determined, self-trained nurse, and makes a friend in Chen, the leader of a Chinese partisan group. Madame Wang, a surviving aristocrat, assists in guiding them to safety in a remote village near the western end of China's Great Wall.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

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"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, Film-Forward.com
"...an 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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