Sony Classics picks up 'Huang Shi'


NEW YORK -- Sony Pictures Classics has picked up all North American rights to "The Children of Huang Shi," a fact-based war drama filmed in China starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh.

Roger Spottiswoode's feature, which wrapped three months of shooting Friday in Shanghai, tells the story of a British reporter (Rhys Meyers) in China during the country's invasion by Japan in 1937. He rescues 60 war orphans by leading them on a thousand-mile journey to a village near the end of China's Great Wall with the help of a local political leader (Chow), an aristocrat (Yeoh) and the nurse he falls in love with (Mitchell).

"Children" was written by James MacManus and Jane Hawksley. The film is tentatively set for release in the fourth quarter.

Arthur Cohn and Wieland Schulz-Keil produced the film with Peter Loehr of Beijing's Ming Prods., Jonathan Shteinman of Sydney's Bluewater Pictures and Martin Hagemann of Berlin's Zero Fiction. The film was co-produced by Chinese production/distribution outfit Qixinran. Ashok Amritraj of Hyde Park International is handling foreign sales.