The Children of Huang Shi

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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 on actual events and directed by renowned filmmaker Roger Spottiswoode.
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Special Features

CC; Includes "The Challenge of Huang Shi" - a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2009
  • UPC: 043396252967
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,194

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonathan Rhys Meyers George Hogg
Radha Mitchell Lee Pearson
Chow Yun-Fat Jack Chen
Michelle Yeoh Madame Wang
David Wenham Barnes
Guang Li Shi Kai
Jin Shuyuan Lo San
Technical Credits
Roger Spottiswoode Director
Kym Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
Lillian Birnbaum Executive Producer
Arthur Cohn Producer
Gerry Gavigan Asst. Director
Zhao Guisheng Special Effects Supervisor
Martin Hagemann Producer
Jane Hawksley Screenwriter
David Hirschfelder Score Composer
Richard Hobbs Art Director
Shuai "Ruby" Hou Casting
Steven Jones-Evans Production Designer
Geoff Lamb Editor
Peta Lawson Art Director
Alan Lee Associate Producer
Frank Lipson Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Loehr Producer
James MacManus Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Yuan Mei Co-producer
Wieland Schulz-Keil Producer
Jonathan Shteinman Producer
Taylor Thomson Executive Producer
Nikki Valko Casting
Gao Wenyan Costumes/Costume Designer
Zhao Xiaoding Cinematographer
Li Xuelei Sound/Sound Designer
Wang Xueyi Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Yang Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Children of Huang Shi
1. Chapter 1 [4:00]
2. Chapter 2 [3:16]
3. Chapter 3 [4:57]
4. Chapter 4 [4:59]
5. Chapter 5 [5:21]
6. Chapter 6 [5:34]
7. Chapter 7 [6:49]
8. Chapter 8 [4:03]
9. Chapter 9 [2:25]
10. Chapter 10 [3:42]
11. Chapter 11 [3:45]
12. Chapter 12 [3:19]
13. Chapter 13 [4:21]
14. Chapter 14 [3:28]
15. Chapter 15 [4:31]
16. Chapter 16 [2:35]
17. Chapter 17 [4:13]
18. Chapter 18 [3:14]
19. Chapter 19 [2:20]
20. Chapter 20 [4:59]
21. Chapter 21 [3:25]
22. Chapter 22 [6:01]
23. Chapter 23 [6:31]
24. Chapter 24 [3:24]
25. Chapter 25 [4:14]
26. Chapter 26 [5:51]
27. Chapter 27 [2:55]
28. Chapter 28 [10:42]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Nearly Impossible Story to Tell or Believe: True Heroism

    THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI is a long (greater than two hours) epic tale that happens to be a true story of an extraordinary hero's life and gift to humanity during World War II. If as a film the telling of this story is a bit shaky in spots, it is probably due to the episodic series of events that happened very quickly and under existing conditions of profound stress. Yet despite the occasional misfires in production this remains a bit of history we all should know. <BR/><BR/>George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is a journalist assigned to Shanghai in 1937 and with his colleagues he plans to explore the extent of the invasion of China by the Japanese. Under the guise of Red Cross workers his small band manages to enter Nanjing where now alone due to the loss of his friends to battle he observes and photographs the atrocities of mass murders of the people of Nanjing. He is captured by the Japanese, tortured when his confiscated camera reveals his terrifying photographs, and it is only by acts of fortune and the aid of a Chinese Nationalist Chen Hansheng (Chow Yun-Fat) that he escapes. Hogg probes the Chinese countryside for further evidences of the evil of the Japanese invasion, and he finds a village of children (adults are all absent) and realizes that he is in an orphanage without a leader. At first reluctant to assume the role of guardian of these impoverished and filthy frightened children, he soon accepts his responsibility and is challenged by an Australian nurse Lee Pearson (Radha Mitchell) to become not only the caretaker but also the father/teacher/provider/role model these children so desperately need. <BR/><BR/>Seeing the advancing of the Japanese, Hogg decides to take his wards 700 mile away to a small village by the Gobi desert reachable only by the infamous Silk Road. It is this journey and the way both the children and Hogg are affected by the challenge that absorb the greater part of the film. Observing the transformation of George Hogg's view of the world is made credible by Jonathan Rhys Meyers' performance. The cast of children often steals the limelight, but with supporting cast members such as Chow Yun-Fat, Radha Mitchell and Michelle Yeoh as an opium merchant the story never lacks color and character. The look of the film is dark, but the message of this story is full of light. Here is a bit of Chinese history we should all know! Grady Harp

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