Not a block buster at the box office, but a well directed film by Roger Spottiswoode. It vividly portrays the difficult life the Chinese endured just before the Second World War after they were invaded by the Japanese, with a country already in conflict through civil war; and how outsiders (English and American) helped a struggling people. In this case a bunch of unruly orphanshelped by an English journilist called George Hogg, played superbly by Jonathon Rhys Meyers, backed up by two brilliant supporting a..
I really enjoyed this film and think it is seriously underrated. It has stunning scenery and great atmosphere. I personally think it is one of JRM's best performances in a film as he seems so relaxed and totally absorbs the character of George Hogg. It is a true story from the 1930's and gets under your skin (well it did mine anyway). If you like gung ho shoot out films with blood, gore and swearing - then this is not for you! But if you enjoy beautiful cinematography, great acting and an amazing story..
I cannot put my finger on what was lacking in the film, maybe it was the writing or perhaps the lead performance, I am not certain at all.Johnathon Rhys Meyers is solid if not spectacular in the lead role, and the supporting cast all do a solid job, even the chinese child actors. The story is set to the backdrop of undeclared war in china. It is a warzone and the main cast are just trying to survive and excape the conflict. Inspired by true events, I do not know how acurate it is but what research I have ..