The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Children of Huang Shi (2008)
  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 5,208 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | War
  • Release Date: 3 April 2008 (China)
  • Runtime: 125 min
  • Filming Location: Chedun Studios, Shanghai, China
  • Budget: $40,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $1,027,749(USA)(12 October 2008)
  • Director: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell and Yun-Fat Chow
  • Original Music By: David Hirschfelder   
  • Soundtrack: Ji Wei Qia Qia
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: China | Nurse | British | Journalist | Orphan

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Jane Hawksley  writer
  • James MacManus  writer
  • Simon van der Borgh  uncredited

Known Trivia

  • Marks the first official co-production between Australia and China.
  • About 10,000 extras were hired.

Goofs: Anachronisms: There's several scenes of Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2 'Zero' fighter planes strafing Chinese civilians and Nationalist soldiers in 1937-38. The Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero fighter plane would make its combat debut over Chungking, China in August 1940. Prior to that time, the Japanese were employing imperial Army Nakajima Ki-27 fighter planes with the fixed landing gear and the imperial Navy Mitsubishi A5M, also with fixed landing gear, later codenamed, "Claude", by the Allies. The Allies later codenamed the Ki-27, "Nate".

Plot: 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. Full summary » |  »

Story: People thrown into an unexpected and desperate situation discover their capacity for love and responsibility. A young Englishman, George Hogg, comes to lead sixty orphaned boys on a journey of over 500 perilous miles across the snow-bound Liu Pan Shan mountains to safety on the edge of the Mongolian desert. And how, in doing so, he comes to understand the meaning of courage. During his journey, Hogg learns to rely on the support of Chen, the leader of a Chinese communist partisan group who becomes his closest friend. He soon finds himself falling in love with Lee, a recklessly brave Australian nurse whom war has turned into an unsentimental healer on horseback. Along the way Hogg befriends Madame Wang, an aristocratic survivor who has also been displaced by war, who helps the young Englishman, his friends and their sixty war orphans make their way across mountain and desert regions to a place of safety near the western end of the Great Wall of China.Written by Anonymous  

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Produced By:

  • Lillian Birnbaum known as executive producer
  • Arthur Cohn known as producer
  • Yong Er known as line producer
  • Martin Hagemann known as producer
  • Alan D. Lee known as produced in collaboration with
  • Peter Loehr known as producer
  • James MacManus known as associate producer
  • Yuan Mei known as co-producer
  • Wieland Schulz-Keil known as producer
  • Jonathan Shteinman known as producer
  • Taylor Thomson known as executive producer
  • Nina Yang known as produced in collaboration with
  • Steve D. Yang known as produced in collaboration with

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers known as George Hogg
  • Radha Mitchell known as Lee Pearson
  • Yun-Fat Chow known as Chen Hansheng
  • Michelle Yeoh known as Mrs. Wang
  • Guang Li known as Shi-Kai
  • Lin Ji known as Horse Rider
  • Matthew Walker known as Andy Fisher
  • Anastasia Kolpakova known as Duschka
  • Ping Su known as Eddie Wei
  • Imai Hideaki known as Japanese Officer
  • Sciichiro Hashimoto known as Urbane Japanese Officer
  • Shinichi Takashima known as Hostile Kempetai Officer
  • Xing Mang known as Young Communist
  • Ruixiang Zhu known as Japanese Officer II
  • Yuelong Fang known as Rou Ding
  • Shimin Sun known as Yu Lin
  • Xucheng Shi known as Kao Tung
  • Naihan Yang known as Ching
  • Weijuan Wu known as Young Mother
  • Zhi Zang known as Lao Si
  • Liu Hui known as Fallen Soldier
  • Shunzen Zhao known as Colonel Ma
  • Qing Xuan Alan Li known as Wei Ping
  • Shu Li known as Magistrate
  • Shane Briant known as Roger Appsley
  • Shuyuan Jin known as Lo San
  • Zhibo Wang known as Children
  • David Wenham known as Barnes
  • Shi Yuan known as Jin Losin
  • Kehan Zhai known as Children
  • Hong Bin Zhang known as SSS Officer

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Cui Yu Bao known as key makeup artist
  • Jian-Ping Liu known as hair stylist
  • Limin Tan known as key hair stylist
  • Xiaohai Yang known as makeup artist
  • Diu Zhijuan known as makeup artist


Production Companies:

  • Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC) (as Film Finance Corporation Australia) (presents)
  • Ming Productions (producer)
  • Bluewater Pictures (producer)
  • Zero Fiction Film (as Zero Fiction) (producer)
  • Cheerland Entertainment Organization (as Cheerland) (producer)
  • Australian Film Commission, The
  • Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen
  • Rouge Entertainment Group
  • Zero West Filmproduktion

Other Companies:

  • Bank of Ireland  production financing provided by
  • SGO / Mistika  digital equipment


  • 3Rosen (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Dendy Films (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • RCV Film Distribution (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Rouge Entertainment Group (2008) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Classics (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Village Roadshow Greece S.A. (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Blue Sky Media (2008) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Cheerland Entertainment Organization (2008) (China) (all media)
  • G2 Pictures (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • Hyde Park International (2008) (worldwide) (all media)
  • RCV Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Vinny Filmes (2011) (Brazil) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Stefan Albertz known as 3D artist
  • Tanja Bonensteffen known as roto/prep
  • Wolf Bosse known as digital grading coordinator
  • Helmut Breuer known as associate producer
  • Michael Brink known as visual effects producer: PICTORION das werk
  • Joerg Bruemmer known as digital intermediate supervisor
  • Joerg Bruemmer known as lead digital compositor
  • Nicolas Bueren known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk GmbH
  • Cania known as matte painting
  • Thomas Deckers known as roto/prep
  • Doerthe Domann known as roto/prep
  • Philipp Eckel known as recording
  • Christian Esquerre known as visual effects editor
  • Lukas Gehner known as roto/prep
  • Sven Heim known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk GmbH
  • Kalle Max Hofmann known as digital compositor
  • Jan Hübel known as visual effects supervisor
  • Tom Kaufhold known as roto/prep
  • Arne Kiefer known as roto/prep
  • Saskia Klein known as roto/prep
  • Lola Knoblach known as assistant digital colorist: PICTORION das werk
  • Birthe Kohmanns known as roto/prep
  • Ju-Hyun Koo known as roto/prep
  • Ekaterina 'Kuki' Korabelnikova known as digital compositor
  • Andreas Krieg known as 3D artist
  • Michael Krämer known as head of roto & prep
  • Michael Krämer known as junior digital compositor
  • Christian Laskawi known as 3D artist
  • Christian Meckel known as system administrator
  • Sebastian Mietzner known as roto/prep
  • Frank Mirwald known as scanning
  • Nikolay Mishonov known as 3D artist
  • Philipp Mueller known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Rolf Muetze known as visual effects supervisor
  • Benjamin Nagel known as HD mastering
  • Frieda Oberlin known as digital intermediate coordinator
  • Moritz Peters known as colorist: PICTORION das werk
  • Linda Pleschka known as roto/prep
  • Paul Poetsch known as digital compositing supervisor
  • Stefan Rachev known as digital effects artist
  • Armin Reisch known as roto/prep
  • Frank Richter known as scanning
  • Lisa Riemer known as visual effects producer
  • Philipp Schneider known as visual effects editor
  • Bastian Schreitling known as titles
  • Noah Semere known as roto/prep
  • Gerhard Spring known as recording
  • Tim Stern known as digital compositor
  • Julia Strack known as roto/prep
  • Jonas Thorbrügge known as conforming
  • Jonas Thorbrügge known as scanning
  • Christian Tröger known as digital artist
  • Robert Tucker known as digital compositor
  • Ralf Wacker known as digital intermediate coordinator
  • Christian Wallmeier known as 3D artist
  • Aline Windolph known as roto/prep
  • Kai Woytke known as digital compositor
  • Jeff Yaworski known as roto/prep
  • Alexander Eberl known as roto/prep artist (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Germany 8 February 2008 (European Film Market)
  • China 3 April 2008
  • Hong Kong 3 April 2008
  • Taiwan 3 April 2008
  • Singapore 10 April 2008
  • USA 23 May 2008 (limited)
  • France 11 June 2008
  • Indonesia 2 July 2008
  • Australia 3 July 2008
  • Netherlands 31 July 2008
  • Belgium 3 September 2008
  • Russia 18 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • South Korea 18 September 2008
  • UK 5 October 2008 (TV premiere)
  • Greece 24 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 31 October 2008
  • Japan 27 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Mexico 24 April 2009
  • Sweden 17 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 16 July 2009
  • Germany 8 October 2009
  • Argentina 28 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Peru 10 December 2009
  • Venezuela 11 December 2009
  • Japan 13 December 2009 (Nanking Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated R for some disturbing and violent content


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