The Children of Huang Shi Reviews

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December 13, 2018
More insight into each character's motivation would have made for a deeper film. Yet the excellent cast does a good job with what they are given.
July 30, 2018
The ability to mount staggering epics that seize both the heart and the head has apparently become a lost art in the 21st century.
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
November 16, 2011
August 10, 2011
A disappointingly detached and tame film for such a subject matter.
September 18, 2009
February 13, 2009
...the film falls flat under the weight of its period-drama conventions and three performances that epitomize paycheck joylessness.
December 7, 2008
Cynicism for another true story of a reckless white adventurer finding redemption and purpose helping 3rd World unfortunates evaporates with stunning and moving WWII scenes.
October 18, 2008
It radiates intelligence. Of how many historical epics can that be said these days?
October 18, 2008
The real test of endurance is on the shoulders of an audience challenged to sit through more than two hours of predictable plot turns and recycled sentimentality.
October 18, 2008
It is, however, such a spectacular-looking movie, as shot by cinematographer Zhao Xiaoding that it is, to use that old cliche, worth the price of admission.
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
Very pretty but very stiffly written, The Children of Huang Shi strives for epic canvases relaying an intimate story.
October 18, 2008
Though there are some powerful performances, notably those of Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat, and some sweeping visuals, the movie feels melodramatic and overheated.
October 18, 2008
If you can get past the Eurocentric focus, there are worse ways to pass the time than to see The Children of Huang Shi, if only because the glimpse into the time and place are captivating and the images are gorgeous.
October 18, 2008
September 19, 2008
Nothing in this film is subtle or unexpected, and even the hero's several near-death experiences create no real tension
September 12, 2008
...an inspiring tale of a man answering a call to greatness even if he doesn't fully understand why it's fallen to him.
August 7, 2008
Xiaoding Zhao's cinematography is splendid, Roger Spottiswoode's direction is workmanlike.
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