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About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937. ~~ A co-production with Australia and Germany. Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Norsk
  • Country: China
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Apr 3, 2008
  • Duration: 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 54 users)
  • Ranked: #79121
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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Feb 15, 2022
Completed 4
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
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In a small city on the Mongolian border in China stands a statue of an Englishman. Unlike so many white savior stories, The Children of Huang Chi is based on the real life of George A. Hogg, an Oxford graduate in economics who ended up leading 60 war orphans safely to Shanshan 700 miles/1000km from where they started in Huang Chi. Writer James MacManus visited the town and interviewed survivors making the basis for this film.

George Hogg was played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers with more or less success. For me, he is an acquired taste. Hogg was a reporter stuck in Shanghai away from the action. He managed to make it into Nanjing masquerading as a Red Cross driver. He got there in time for the massacre and ended up nearly being killed for taking pictures of the atrocities. He was rescued by a communist guerrilla, Chen Han Sheng, played by the charismatic Chow Yun Fat. West Point educated in engineering, Chen was very good at blowing things up. When Hogg is injured, an American nurse, Lee Pearson, played by Radha Mitchell, suggested Chen send him to Huang Chi to recover, learn some Chinese and take charge of 60 orphans hiding out there.

What Hogg found when he arrived in Huang Chi were 60 boys, malnourished, suffering from various diseases, and barely sheltered. Devastated from the loss of their families, they did not welcome Hogg with open arms. He was just another foreigner. Hogg wasn't thrilled to be there either. With some encouragement from Lee and few other prospects available, Hogg began slowly improving conditions at the estate and winning the boys' trust. As the boys healed, they were faced with one of two eventualities-the Japanese who were nearing the estate would practice their scorched earth policy on them of Kill All, Burn All and Loot All which the boys had already survived once. Or, one of the Chinese armies would conscript the young boys to fight. At this point Hogg knew he needed to take the boys as far north as he could. With the help of Lee and Chen they began the boys' long journey through dangerous territory to the Gobi Desert.

As a co-production of China, all the characters were on equal footing. This wasn't a story about a heroic white guy who saved China. It was the human story of a man who saw the needs of 60 boys and stepped up and did what was necessary, what was right, as did the other characters trying to help them and survive the invading Japanese armies. More meaningful than even the movie, were the interviews during the credits with the real-life boys, now old men, Hogg helped.

The scenery and cinematography were beautiful. The stunning shots of the mountains, lakes, and desert were suitable for framing. Though understated the score fit the scenes perfectly.

Even though the film touches on the atrocities committed on the Chinese civilians, this is not an action movie or thriller. It's a story of courage and love, of building relationships and family. It's a story of love for the children who had suffered and seen more than anyone should have to. It's a story of how people stepped up and put their lives on the line for those children. At its heart, The Children of Huang Chi, like the statue erected in his honor, was a love story to George Hogg and the devotion he had for children not his own.

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May 6, 2020
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Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
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Love without border.

Looks like no one have written any review here, I will be the first. I am not the best in written review, but I want to introduce this old movie to more viewers. As I recall, this is a very powerful movie. I believe it is a true story.

A young common woman in western country somehow ended up in China teaching job in this small town. She fell in love with the children. She return to her home country. War started. She raise money and went back to help get the children out of the war zone. With the help of a few good people, they slowly get a few kids out a a time. It was nerve wracking. They endanger their won life to save the children. Didn’t want to be too much of a spoiler.

War is always cruel. War involved unnecessary dead. Tears and scarify. People helping people. During the harsh war, it takes determination and will power for a woman to extend her hand and heart to help children in country far away from her hometown. Love has no boundary. Children are innocent. They need help. She is the hero, the legend, the angel, the god.

Powerful movie. Worth watching. Highly recommended. It is an old movie, nevertheless, it is a true story.

I may be wrong, as I am just a common woman.

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  • Movie: The Children of Huang Shi
  • Country: China
  • Release Date: Apr 3, 2008
  • Duration: 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older


  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 54 users)
  • Ranked: #79121
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 121

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