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The Children of Huang Shi A lot of emotions look good on Jonathan Rhys Meyers' sneery, overripe features, but compassion isn't one of them. In the historical dud The...The Children of Huang ShiDrama, HistoricalPT125MUnrated A lot of emotions look good on Jonathan Rhys Meyers' sneery, overripe features, but compassion isn't one of them. In the historical dud The...2008-05-23Radha MitchellChow Yun-FatRadha Mitchell, Chow Yun-Fat
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The Children of Huang Shi

Genre: Drama, Historical; Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-Fat; Director: Roger Spottiswoode; Author: James MacManus, Jane Hawksley; Release Date Limited: 05/23/2008; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 125; MPAA Rating: Unrated

A lot of emotions look good on Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ sneery, overripe features, but compassion isn’t one of them. In the historical dud The Children of Huang Shi, he plays a roving World War II journalist who sneaks into Nanking and glimpses the atrocities there. Yet the movie isn’t interested in anything so pivotal. Instead, it traces our hero’s Journey Toward Caring as he rescues 60 Chinese orphans. It’s like Schindler’s List crossed with The Sound of Music, and Roger Spottiswoode directs it in a stiff, lifeless, utterly dated style of international squareness. D

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