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 Children… 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 Children… 2008-05-23 Unrated PT125M Drama Historical Jonathan Rhys Meyers Radha Mitchell Chow Yun-Fat
Movie Review

The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Chow Yun-Fat, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, ... | Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Chow Yun-Fat
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Chow Yun-Fat
EW's GRADE
D

Details Limited Release: May 23, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 125 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Historical; With: Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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

Originally posted May 23, 2008 Published in issue #994 May 30, 2008 Order article reprints