The Children of Huang Shi

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Roger Spottiswoode
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min

What do you say to a few hoops?

Are you out of your mind?


I've been cooped up in

a ship for five days.

Well I'm sorry for you, fella,

but I gotta conserve my strength.

I... I get married on Tuesday.


That's if I get back

from Nanjing on time.

I drive for the Red Cross.


You're going to Nanjing?

Yeah. Two days before my wedding.

I'd say that calls for a drink.

- Okay.

- Maybe I can help your plans along.

All right.

I repeat. Nanjing is closed to the press.

Ask the Japs. It's their call.

Not ours.


This is my good friend Andy...


- Fisher. Terrific fellow.

He's here to see his girl.

I'm George Hogg.

- Hi, Daisy.

- Meet Roger Appsley.

An ungrateful sh*t from

the British Embassy.

Mr. Fisher and I have already met.

Hey, there you are!

Excuse me, gentlemen?

That's his girl?

He's marrying her on Tuesday.

He won't be here on Tuesday.

He's headed straight for

hell himself in the morning.

You bastard! You've got him

a pass to Nanjing?


How long have we known each other,

you arsehole? Ten years?

Will you excuse us, Mr. Appsley?

Come on, Barnes...

He's not press.

Andy Fisher. Red Cross.

That's why he got a pass.

I made a deal with Andy Fisher.

He gave me

his Red Cross papers and his truck.

They'll get us into Nanjing.

Barnes, we've got a scoop.

I'm Andy Fisher.

You're David Barcley.

We're accredited drivers

for the Red Cross,

bringing medical supplies to Nanjing.

In this...

Andy Fisher's in love, Barnes.

He wants to get married.

Now everybody's happy.

Christ, you're nuts!

Damn! Eddie!


Eddie Wei. He's in the back.

You know. The photographer from U.P.

I know who the hell he is.

But what's he doing here?

He was desperate to come with us.

Set your watch an hour ahead, Daisy.

We're now on Tokyo time.

Do you want to know

what they're saying in Tokyo?

They say they're trying to

help the Chinese.

But it's chaos over here.

Warlords, corruption, civil war.

The Nationalists against the Communists.

They say they're trying to restore order.

That's all bullshit.

They haven't declared war on China.

I'll tell you why

they haven't declared war on China.

It's because if they don't declare war,

they don't have to treat captured

Chinese soldiers as prisoners of war.

They don't have to play

by any goddamn rules at all.

The Japanese are not savages.

But they've decided the Chinese are.

Take a good long look, Daisy.

There's thousands of them,

and they're all coming from Nanjing.

The next Great War's already begun.

The folks back home

just don't know it yet.

The papers say we're

both from the States.

So try and talk American.

Of course, old chap.

We're carrying Red Cross supplies...

from the British Government.

This must be searched.

Excuse me, Lieutenant.

These goods have been sterilized.

Your men don't seem to understand...

that these goods...

must be delivered safely.

That's enough. Go back.


If you're not back here

by 9:
00 tomorrow night,

I'll go without you.


Good luck, Eddie.

Get me the cigarette.

You are safe now.

What's your name?

What is your nationality?


And you're a journalist?

How did you know that?

Nobody but a journalist

would walk into Nanjing

armed with nothing but a sports coat.

The enemy's patrol team is

six streets away from us.

What is this place?

What's going on? Who are you?

It's the Tax Office.

And my name is Chen. Han-Sheng Chen.

Han-Sheng Chen?

Call me Jack, why don't you.

So, why were they going to kill you?

The Japs usually leave

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