The Children of Huang Shi Synopsis
George Hogg, a young British journalist, rescues 60 orphaned children.
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Boston Globe

What ought to be the pinnacle of the story - the orphans' odds-defying 500-mile march over snow-covered mountains toward the relative...
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
This formulaic adventure pays tribute to George Hogg, a true hero largely forgotten everywhere but China, where a statue of him now stands...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Tells an engrossing story of a remarkable man, but nevertheless it's underwhelming. Dramatic and romantic tension never coil very tightly,...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
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...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Cinematographer Zhao Xiaoding manages some lovely images, and some of Spottiswoode’s compositions remind you he's capable of fine work. But...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
One of those international co-productions full of good intentions and blandly polished results.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Sometimes the most compelling real-life stories make better documentaries than dramas. Such would seem to be the case with The Children of...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
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.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Never achieves the David Lean style of epic it aims for - exterior vistas and interior dramas - but it has two charismatic performances,...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's like "Schindler's List" crossed with "The Sound of Music," and Roger Spottiswoode directs it in a stiff, lifeless, utterly dated style...
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Jonathan and cast were SINCERE & PHENOMENAL!

By sensationaljewelry
I do not understand some of these reviews! This film was based on a TRUE STORY - it was well thought out, true to life - for those who didn't like it I feel simply wanted more a Fiction based film...

Outstanding and Moving

By lass3
This movie was so well done : from the acting, the the moving ending. I was so touched by this movie that I have begun to do research on the real George Hogg. Also Jonathan Rhys -...

Better than expected...

By pomspringz
An Australian/Chinese/German co-production, this is a hollywood-style epic film with an engrossing story and visually appealing landscapes and scenery. The principle actors are handsome and...


By grannynanny
This is one of the best and most emotional pictures of realism of history during Japan's occupation of China. Having been several times to both countries it meant even more. I thought the acting was...

The Children of Huang Shi

By bluduck
Interesting factual based events, I especially enjoy docum dramas. Excellent performances by virtulllay unknown actors. The children were great, the land scape was breath taking. The narration by...

The Children of Huang Shi

By jwineb1724
Excellent acting, script and cinematography. Emotionally involving. Slightly too long....

Powerful and unforgettable movie

By mpfox1
The story was moving and inspiring. I did not know about this chapter of China's history and found it fancinating. I saw the movie 2 days ago and cannot forget the impact. Definetly worth seeing....

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By katnne
Extremely powerful and moving epic that reveals much about the horrors the Chinese endured before our entry into WW II. (Many do not realize that a large part of our eventual participation in the...

Great movie

By erikalarson1969
Very well done. About time we heard about people doing the right thing....

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By Axanjr
This is a real good documentary and I originally went into seeing this with pretty low expectations. On the downside, pretty slow in its development but once it gets going, it brings pretty good...

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Rated R | For some disturbing and violent content