The Children of Huang Shi
The Children of Huang Shi, also known as Escape from Huang Shi and Children of the Silk Road, is a 2008 Australian-Chinese-German historical drama by director Roger Spottiswoode, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Radha Mitchell in the lead roles and Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh in supporting roles. The screenplay for the refugee epic, which is set in China during the Second World War, was written by Jane Hawksley and James MacManus. The film takes some narrative liberties in its depiction of the historical events. China, 1938: British reporter George Hogg meets a nurse and a partisan fighter during the Japanese occupation of China. Together they rescue several orphans from the invading occupiers and set off with them on a trek over the mountains.
The following weapons were used in the film The Children of Huang Shi:
A Colt M1911A1 is seen when Chen Hansheng (Chow Yun-Fat) tries to retrieve it off a table when he is about to execute captured Japanese scouts. However, Hogg stops him before he can do so. China received large quantities of 1911 handguns from the US via the Lend-Lease program and it was very popular due to its simplicity, effectiveness, and reliability.
Nambu Type 14
A Nambu Type 14 is used by two Japanese officers.
The Japanese officer who stops Hogg's refugees on their way to Mongolia is seen firing the Mauser C96 in the air.
Arisaka Type 38
The Arisaka Type 38 is seen as the primary infantry weapon of the Japanese throughout the film. The name Type 38 comes from the 38th year of Emperor Meiji's reign (1905). An interesting note is that no Arisaka Type 99s appear to be seen in the film which could mean that all the Japanese troops in the movie were stationed in China before the Type 99 came out (1939) and continued to stay there throughout the war without updating their rifles. Chinese Communist and National forces are also armed with Arisakas.
Type 24 Zhongzheng
The Type Zhongzheng Rifle, "Chiang Kai-shek", or "Type 24" rifle, was a basic Chinese copy of the German Mauser Standard Modell. It entered production in 1935 (year 24 in the Republican calendar) and became one of the main battle rifles of the Second Sino-Japanese War. In the film, it is seen as the primary infantry rifle of Chinese forces as well as being the preferred weapon of Chen Hansheng, (Chow Yun-Fat) a Communist resistance fighter who helps George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) throughout the movie.
At least, one of the National soldiers can be seen with a Hanyang 88.
Chinese Police forces are equipped with Springfield M1903s.
Some Chinese National soldiers carry M1903A1 Springfields.
ZB vz. 26
A Czech ZB vz. 26 can be seen carried by a Japanese soldier who with his other soldiers, inspects Hogg's orphan refugee column trying to escape into Mongolia in the closing days of the Second Sino-Japanese War. This is likely intended as a stand-in for the correct Japanese Type-96, which looks somewhat similar.
Nambu Type 92
The Type 92 heavy machine gun is seen being fired.
Type 41 75mm Mountain Gun
A Type 41 75mm mountain gun without a shield is briefly seen.