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The Children of Huang Shi

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The Children of Huang Shi
Children of huang shi.jpg
Movie Poster
Country AUS.jpg Australia
GER.jpg Germany
CHN.jpg China
Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Release Date April 3, 2008
Language English
Mandarin Chinese
Studio Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC)
Ming Productions
Distributor 3Rosen
Dendy Films
Sony Pictures Classics
Main Cast
Character Actor
George Hogg Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Lee Pearson Radha Mitchell
Chen Hansheng Chow Yun-Fat
Mrs. Wang Michelle Yeoh
Shi-Kai Guang Li

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:


Colt M1911A1

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.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Chen Hansheng stops George from talking with his Colt.
After being woken up by George Hogg, Hansheng took his Colt hidden under his pillow.
Having a debate with Lee and George, Hansheng picks up his M1911A1.

Nambu Type 14

A Nambu Type 14 is used by two Japanese officers.

Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
The Rikugun-shōsa (Major) holds his Nambu while checking the documents of Barnes (David Wenham).
Shortly after, he is about to execute a Chinese civilian.

Mauser C96

The Japanese officer who stops Hogg's refugees on their way to Mongolia is seen firing the Mauser C96 in the air.

Mauser C96 - 7.63x25mm
The raised Mauser C96. In the scene before, he draws a Nambu Type 14.
The officer fires his C96.


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.

Arisaka Type 38 - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
Japanese soldiers surround George with their Arisaka rifles.
Two scouts carry their Arisakas through the refugee camp.
The same soldiers turn around with their rifles.
A view of the top side.

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.

Type Zhongzheng rifle - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Japanese soldiers wield their "Type 24" rifles.
A Zhongzheng Rifle slung by a National soldier.
George Hogg aims his rifle at two captured Japanese soldiers.
Shi-Kai (Guang Li) sneeks up with his Zhongzheng Rifle.
A view of the muzzle with the parade hook.
Chen Hansheng, (Chow Yun-Fat) fires the "Chiang Kai-shek" rifle.
The top side of his rifle is seen.

Hanyang 88

At least, one of the National soldiers can be seen with a Hanyang 88.

Hanyang 88 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier on the far left carries the Hanyang.

Springfield M1903

Chinese Police forces are equipped with Springfield M1903s.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06 Springfield
The policeman on the left stands guard with his Springfield.

Springfield M1903A1

Some Chinese National soldiers carry M1903A1 Springfields.

M1903A1 Springfield - .30-06 Springfield
An M1903A1 Springfield is seen on the left. Note the pistol grip.

Machine Guns

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.

ZB vz. 26 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Chinese communist resistance fighter fires the ZB vz. 26.
The Japanese soldier takes his ZB machine gun.

Nambu Type 92

The Type 92 heavy machine gun is seen being fired.

Nambu Type 92 - 7.7×58mm Arisaka
Soldiers uncover the Nambu machine guns.
A close up of a firing Nambu in George's nightmare.


Type 41 75mm Mountain Gun

A Type 41 75mm mountain gun without a shield is briefly seen.

Type 41 75 mm Mountain Gun
The Type 41 Mountain Gun is seen among the retreating National column.

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