This sweeping historical drama is based on the real story of a footloose Englishman who saved the lives of dozens of children during the Japanese occupation of China. Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as George Hogg, a heroic journalist who is nearly executed for photographing the massacre at Nanking. After Chinese forces led by Jack Chen (Chow Yun-fat) intervene, he’s dispatched by a feisty American nurse (Radha Mitchell) to the remote countryside to look after a group of orphans, whom he helps stay a step ahead of invading forces. Director Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies) uses the children and action sequences to good effect, but a lack of chemistry between Rhys Meyers and Mitchell makes the love story fizzle. With Michelle Yeoh. In English and subtitled Mandarin. R, 126 min.