The Children of Huang Shi
The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 23, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This beautifully photographed but dramatically flat war drama recounts an important chapter in history with little cinematic freshness.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It radiates intelligence. Of how many historical epics can that be said these days?

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

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.

Todd Gilchrist
H Magazine

...the film falls flat under the weight of its period-drama conventions and three performances that epitomize paycheck joylessness.

John Anderson

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.

Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

If you can get past the Eurocentric focus, there are worse ways to pass the time than to see The Children of Huang Shi, if only because the glimpse into the time and place are captivating and the images are gorgeous.

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Nora Lee Mandel

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Very pretty but very stiffly written, The Children of Huang Shi strives for epic canvases relaying an intimate story.

Emanuel Levy

A disappointingly detached and tame film for such a subject matter.

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David D'Arcy
Screen International

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
This film based on a true events of an English reporter who saved Chinese orphan boys from the Japanese invasion in the 1930s is meaning of love, accountability… More
Caius Chung
Escape from Huang Shi, as it is called in Hong Kong, is truly an inspiring movie. Spottiswoodes direction of the actors and the surrounding scenery makes the… More
Walter M.
"The Children of Huang Shi" starts in 1937 Shanghai as journalist George Hogg(Jonathan Rhys Meyers) tricks his way into the war zone of Nanjing by… More
Juli Ryan
Beautiful to look at. KIlled by melodramatic script.
Chihoe Ho
It has a great backstory and the makings of an epic film, but somehow fell short. The acting felt forced and abrupt, but there were glimpses of what it could… More
Daisy Maduro
The children of Huang Shi was a true story of George Hogg's life and his gift to humanity during the invasion of Japan in China.George Hogg played by… More