What do you say to a few hoops?
Are you out of your mind?
I've been cooped up in a ship for five days.
Well I'm sorry for you, fella, but I gotta conserve my strength.
I... I get married on Tuesday.
That's if I get back from Nanjing on time.
I drive for the Red Cross.
You're going to Nanjing?
Yeah. Two days before my wedding.
I'd say that calls for a drink.
Okay. Maybe I can help your plans along.
I repeat. Nanjing is closed to the press.
Ask the Japs. It's their call.
This is my good friend Andy...
...Fisher. Fisher. Terrific fellow.
He's here to see his girl.
I'm George Hogg.
Hi, Daisy. Meet Roger Appsley.
An ungrateful shit from the British Embassy.
Mr. Fisher and I have already met.
Hey, there you are!
Excuse me, gentlemen?
That's his girl?
He's marrying her on Tuesday.
He won't be here on Tuesday.
He's headed straight for hell himself in the morning.
You bastard! You've got him a pass to Nanjing?
How long have we known each other, you arsehole? Ten years?
Will you excuse us, Mr. Appsley?
Come on, Barnes...
He's not press.
Andy Fisher. Red Cross.
That's why he got a pass.
I made a deal with Andy Fisher.
He gave me his Red Cross papers and his truck.
They'll get us into Nanjing.
Barnes, we've got a scoop.
I'm Andy Fisher.
You're David Barcley.
We're accredited drivers for the Red Cross, bringing medical supplies to Nanjing.
Andy Fisher's in love, Barnes.
He wants to get married.
Now everybody's happy.
Christ, you're nuts!
Eddie Wei. He's in the back.
You know. The photographer from U.P.
I know who the hell he is.
But what's he doing here?
He was desperate to come with us.
Set your watch an hour ahead, Daisy.
We're now on Tokyo time.
Do you want to know what they're saying in Tokyo?
They say they're trying to help the Chinese.
But it's chaos over here.
Warlords, corruption, civil war.
The Nationalists against the Communists.
They say they're trying to restore order.
That's all bullshit.
They haven't declared war on China.
I'll tell you why they haven't declared war on China.
It's because if they don't declare war, they don't have to treat captured Chinese soldiers as prisoners of war.
They don't have to play by any goddamn rules at all.
The Japanese are not savages.
But they've decided the Chinese are.
Take a good long look, Daisy.
There's thousands of them, and they're all coming from Nanjing.
The next Great War's already begun.
The folks back home just don't know it yet.
The papers say we're both from the States.
So try and talk American.
Of course, old chap.
We're carrying Red Cross supplies... from the British Government.
This must be searched.
Excuse me, Lieutenant.
These goods have been sterilized.
Your men don't seem to understand... that these goods... must be delivered safely.
That's enough. Go back.
If you're not back here by 9:00 tomorrow night, I'll go without you.
Good luck, Eddie.
Get me the cigarette.
You are safe now.
What's your name?
What is your nationality?
And you're a journalist?
How did you know that?
Nobody but a journalist would walk into Nanjing armed with nothing but a sports coat.
The enemy's patrol team is six streets away from us.
What is this place?
What's going on? Who are you?
It's the Tax Office.
And my name is Chen. Han-Sheng Chen.
Call me Jack, why don't you.
So, why were they going to kill you?
The Japs usually leave British nationals alone.
I saw something I shouldn't have. Got it.
I took photographs. They found them.
Oh. No wonder...
Pardon my ignorance, but what are you doing in the Tax Office?
They're killing people out there.
We are completely out-numbered here.
And the Japs are better armed.
So we are going to fight another day.
But before we go, we're going to blow up a few buildings.
They are very orderly, the Japanese.
They hate it when we blow up a city's records.
Let's go out. Hurry...
Wait me out there.
We'll try for the British consulate.
They may be able to get you out of Nanjing.
You have to leave.
You have to tell the world what's happening here.
I love this part
Come on. Your friends should be this way.
Take it easy, Daisy.
I have a pass.
I have a pass in my pocket.
There's nothing we can do.
You're too reckless, George.
Shoot him... Shoot him...
You were hit pretty bad.
Was I? I didn't feel a thing.
Must've been the cold numbing the pain.
Most of your blood's gone down the Yangtze. But I decided you'll live.
I hope you're going to thank him for saving your life.
Thank you once again.
She was talking to me. Right, Lee?
So. You are in a hospital bed.
What? You talk a lot in your sleep.
What about you?
You didn't learn your English at Berlitz, if I may say so.
I thought you were a Communist I am.
Figure it out yourself.
And when you do, you will understand much more about China.
I never thought of you as the kind to pick up strays.
Not male ones, anyhow.
I can't just dump him out here, can I?
Well he won't be up to much for at least a month.
I can't get him back to Shanghai.
So, Miss Pearson. Tell me what in God's name I'm going to do with a six-foot Oxford graduate who can't speak a word of Chinese.
Have you ever heard of a place called Huang Shi?
You know I came back to China to teach engineering.
Now I'm teaching peasants how to blow things up.
To tell you the truth, it's much more fun.
Seriously. I travel around to organize the resistance, and try to stay ahead of the Japanese army.
I have to leave tomorrow.
Take me with you.
How fit do I need to be to use a typewriter, for God's sake?
I'm not worried about you.
I'm worried about the poor bastards who have to carry you around with them.
But there is a place up in the North-West.
It's called Huang Shi.
It's somewhere you can pick up good background material and work on your Chinese while you are convalescing, before you go on to the front.
Did you understand it?
I certainly did. You said -
"Let me introduce myself. "
"I am a pumpkin. "
This area is controlled by the Communists - this by our Nationalist brothers-in-arms.
You will take the train as far as Pao-Chi here, and Huang Shi's right about here.
That's where you're going.
Chen? Hey! Get down!
What's the matter? They're not the Japanese.
No. They are not.
They're the government troops of Chiang Kai-Sek.
I thought you were brothers. Sometimes.
I thought you were fighting together against the Japanese.
When it suits them - or us.
This could be one of those times. Or...
What are they doing here?
They are conscripts. From the south.
They like to take them far from their homes, so they are less likely to run away.
Who's in charge here?
This is for the person in charge.
I said, this is for the person in charge.
I have the pleasure of introducing... the great Oxford University scholar...
I am in charge, Mister... Pig.
It says 'Pig'.
How is it you speak English?
I'm not a peasant like these others.
I am Liu Shi-Kai.
My father is a Government Official.
You think I can cook with just a pot?
Come and see...
I have nothing... look.
All I have is this.
Gone... all gone.
Do you have any rice?
Miss Lee The boys have taken the Englishman.
Touch him again...
I'm out of here forever.
You give me one good reason why I should be bluffing, Shi-Kai.
Here. Let me take a look at that.
You're the nurse, aren't you? Lee...
How do you do? I'm George -
I know who you are.
It was my idea to send you here.
'The great Oxford University scholar. '
Jack Chen has given you quite an introduction here.
Except he's called you 'Mr. Pig'.
It's not that funny.
He's a very nasty bit of work, that one.
I can't think why.
He only saw his father beheaded, his mother raped and beheaded, his sister raped and beheaded...
After that they lined him up on the edge of a pit He's a smart kid.
He waited until he felt the guy next to him get hit Stop. Please.
Nanjing. I was there.
Jack told me.
That's why I thought you'd be good here.
You're going to need a Chinese name, you know.
One they can actually say.
You're out of your mind if you think I'm staying here.
I didn't come half way round the world to play nanny to a bunch of savages.
Okay. So in the morning, if you'd kindly point me in the direction of the war and I'll be off.
I said okay.
Why do they give you such a wide berth?
Out here people die all the time.
Typhus, cholera, tetanus.
Anyone gives me any trouble, I just tell them:
'One day you graze yourself.
You'll think it's nothing. '
'Next day you wake up with a fever. '
'You think it's a cold. That's all. '
'Pretty soon your bones ache, your jaw locks, your teeth clamp together... '
'... and slowly, very, very slowly, you die of tetanus. '
In my bag I have vaccines when I can get them.
If I go, the bag goes with me. So...
Who's going to mess with me?
Why don't they just close this school and send the boys home to their families?
This isn't a school.
It looks like a school.
This is an orphanage.
Every one of them has a story, just like Shi-Kai's.
Now you want to find your war, Mr. Hogg? Look around.
Because they don't need a teacher.
What they need is someone who can make them care whether they live or die.
The beds are crawling with lice.
The kids are too.
Body lice carry typhus.
Okay. Now for the boys.
What are you going to do?
Boil them? Jolly good!
I haven't been able to get my hands on any before.
But the thing is to figure out how to make them understand it won't hurt.
I'm sure you'll manage.
Ho-Ke has lice on him.
The lice could make him sick.
This powder will kill the lice... but will do him no harm to him.
So Ho-Ke is very happy.
Now take off your clothes.
Oh, for Pete's sake, it's nothing I haven't seen before.
Slow down Don't do that, the water is cold.
Here's to you, George.
I haven't had a real coffee since Shanghai.
So, why China?
Because it's in trouble.
Because everyone back home is waiting for the shoe to drop waiting for the next war.
It's like being stuck in a cellar waiting for a storm to break.
I went to the States first.
Hitchhiked across the country - twice.
But they're hunched down in their bunk holes even deeper than we are.
"War? What war, mister?
We're in a Depression here. "
And so then I went on to Japan.
Learned some Japanese.
And they'll tell you they don't want war either just ask them.
And then I went to Nanjing.
And I saw unspeakable things.
I begged Jack Chen to kill a man.
I never knew I had hate like that in me.
Everybody feels hate sometimes No. Not us.
You see, my family are pacifists.
And not just your quiet, normal, private pacifists oh no, they're famous for it.
My mother had Gandhi to tea.
And my father went to jail during the last War.
He's the bravest man I know.
And now I think they're wrong.
I think there are times one must fight.
One of the kids had 'the runs. '
You can keep the mule, by the way. You're leaving?
I've got a bunch of medical stations to run.
I only stopped off to bring you that grain.
My guess, it'll last you about three weeks.
After that, you'll have to try to find them something.
It's up to you.
But when will you be back?
But this is March!
They're like kids anywhere, George.
They need to be warm, safe, clean and fed.
Now if you can manage even one of those, you'll be ahead of the game.
Now you listen to me.
I'm not staying here.
You find someone else!
There is no-one else.
You have to stay, George.
It keeps the wind out.
Rip it off.
You. Come and help me?
Yes, you. Come.
Student. That's you.
I guess that means me.
I'm looking for Merchant Wang.
Where would I find Merchant Wang?
Hello, My name is Hogg I am looking for Merchant Wang Please excuse my poor house, Mr. Hogg.
It has fallen on evil times.
War. Revolution. Also gambling. Also opium.
So many ways to spend money and to get nothing in return.
I take only solid currencies.
If you can only pay in Chinese dollars, then the price, I'm afraid, will have to double.
I should like to pay in vegetables.
Vegetables are solid currency.
English humour. You advance us the food and the seed we do all the work.
You take your share of the harvest.
Crops fail, Mr. Hogg.
What is this?
Last year's harvest.
I shouldn't think they'd do well in this climate.
We can do business.
Please come again, Mr. Hogg.
And send my regards to Miss Pearson.
Yes, of course.
Hope god will listen to us Let us have a good harvest
It's good to be back.
I'm sure you'll be pleased.
Say it in English.
This is a dog.
Don't be afraid.
Why the lamp is off?
You won't be able to save him, you know.
You might be able to limit the damage he can do.
You never told me what brought you here, Lee.
Freedom, I guess.
And what happens?
I end up in a dark hovel with centuries of soot falling on my head...
...doing an amputation by candlelight.
You're a surgeon, then?
When a man's dying of gangrene, he tends not to check the letters after your name.
When there's no-one else, you do what has to be done.
I'm not really a nurse, either.
Just like you. You're not really a teacher.
We're all something different in China. That's why we came.
I was supposed to be an Army wife in Manila, but I couldn't play bridge.
Funny how life works out.
What on earth?
It's my one treasure.
Do you dance, George?
Oh, come on. Sure you do.
It's good to see you, Lee.
Are you going to stay?
Oh, I think so.
Awhile. And you?
I think so.
You know nothing!
You stupid Gansu peasant.
Let's take a look at this.
Now let me see here...
Brush your teeth every day.
Oh, you can do it, just fine. Just fine.
"Though I am old with wandering...
"Through hollow lands and hilly lands... "
"I'll find out where she has gone... "
"And kiss her lips and take her hands"
"And walk among the long dappled grass... "
It's all right.
You're safe. Nobody's going to hurt you, Ching.
How's Uncle Jing today?
His tumor is worse and he wants more pipe.
It'll kill him now.
Maybe that won't be such a bad thing.
I heard today, the Nationalists have found a solution to the 'opium problem'.
They're going to behead all the addicts.
I heard the same thing.
Addicts - and people who deal in opium.
The Japanese behead you for being Chinese.
So, Miss Pearson.
What can I do for you?
I was hoping you might have some sulfa powder.
Nobody's got sulfa powder. Not even the Japanese.
It will be sad for your friend.
Nobody to talk to but those boys.
I think he will be lonely.
I think he'll be just fine.
You say that because you are never lonely.
Well you should go visit him, if you think he's so lonely.
I don't have time for the problems of people with no problems.
What do you have in the way of morphine?
That's all you've got?
No. But you're not my only customer.
Take opium instead.
You know what they say about opium.
You still feel the pain, but it doesn't hurt any more.
Six months ago they were filthy, starving, diseased and of no value to anyone.
I'm very impressed.
I have to confess, Mr. Hogg.
I did not think you could do it.
I have to confess, Mrs. Wang, neither did I.
I hope you will do me the honor of accepting a small gift.
Good Lord, it's in English.
Where did you get it?
A Missionary gave it to me for being a... very good girl.
'The Silk Road. '
It was the link between the East and West for more than two thousand years.
It seemed appropriate.
May it seal our friendship.
Where have you come from?
We've walked for two days.
I hate Japanese jet Don't worry, they often fly over.
What's his name?
Number Four. Lao Si.
And they are... let's see...
They are turning back, who are they?
Try to sleep.
Ching? He's too young.
Get him out of here! Get him something to eat!
We've had forty, no, fifty guys in here today who are nothing but piles of bones held together by their uniforms.
They're dying of hunger, not gunshots, Jack.
The Nationalists are starving their own army.
What's the point of our being here?
They are letting the Japs have Lingbao.
I've been ordered to evacuate.
Well my wounded won't survive being moved.
Take the ones that will.
Why are you taking off your uniform?
I thought I'd stick around a little longer...
...prepare a little welcome for the Japs.
Send the most injured first.
I'll make them as comfortable as I can. You know that.
Leave right away.
You get on this car.
He's dying. Leave.
My God. Chen!
Have you pissed yourself?
Jesus. He's wet the bed!
How is she?
Lingbao. It was pretty bad.
I was lucky.
She got our before the worst.
Will the Japanese get this far?
The trouble is, I've seen what happens when they do.
Can we come in?
Oh. Hello, Ching.
And this... is Lao Si.
I saw a wolf, but I didn't cry.
Oh, my goodness.
And steamed bread, with honey.
Come on, Lao Si.
He'll have that bread off you, if you as much as blink.
His main objective in life is greater rotundity.
Is this all right with you?
Jack Chen is here.
He's been sick for the last week.
You're impossible, you know.
I thought you were dead as dirt.
He's had it for years. They all have it.
He'll be on his feet in no time.
They've put a price on your head, you know.
Oh yeah? How much?
Ten thousand yuan.
I say, Jack.
That's about thirty bucks U.S., George.
That hurts my feelings.
It's a fortune around here.
We've got Nationalist visitors.
Stall them if you can.
End of class. Quiet
The Japanese are advancing and are very close.
If our Nationalist forces withdraw from Xian... we'll get orders to take over this entire estate for military use.
Then may I conclude you have not got the order yet.
Well, gentlemen, if that's all, you may leave now.
I have many things to do.
Oh, one more thing.
We have no labourers here.
This is a school for orphans.
Is this true?
Are they boys?
If they decide to call me a Communist, they'll close the school and they'll conscript the children.
And I'm afraid it will only be a matter of days.
Get out of here!
Go. Just go!
What was all that about?
There's no-one to control them nowadays.
They claim they have opium to sell, but the packages are full of dirt.
Maybe it would be safer not to sell opium.
Nothing is safe.
You have all those strong soldier boys.
You are like a farmer with too many fat, juicy sheep!
1, 2, 1...
Stop. Turn back So where do you propose we take them?
Up the Silk Road.
Through the mountains?
With snow and children, at ten thousand feet?
Actually, I mean to take them further, beyond Lanzhou.
Have you ever heard of Shandan?
Shandan's on the edge of the Gobi Desert.
It's about seven hundred miles from here.
Seven hundred miles.
Hogg, there's probably nothing there.
Exactly. There's nothing there.
Nothing anybody could possibly want.
Somewhere they'll be safe.
Chen will come with us as far as the Yellow River.
Then he'll turn off and join his Communist pals in Yenan.
What about you?
What about me?
Will you go with Jack, or will you stay with us and head for Shandan?
Is that what you're asking me?
He's got fire in his belly, that one.
I would like to take him with me when I rejoin my unit.
He's not a child.
You're right. He's not.
He hasn't been a child for a very long time.
I believe in each of you.
You're the toughest people I've ever met.
Heavens, you once scared the life out of me.
It's very hard to leave this place.
I know that.
But I want you to remember one thing.
You've done all this by yourselves.
You can do it all again.
You can do it anywhere.
Captured from the Japanese.
Each one of them contains a single, sterile dressing, wrapped around a tablet of morphine.
No wounded for us. That's an order.
No! No, I'll take that.
As long as we have something to trade we'll survive.
Yes, I would say so.
But, still, this is an ambitious enterprise.
You are a remarkable man, Mr. Hogg.
I have greatly enjoyed doing business with you.
This is your custom?
When we say goodbye to a great lady.
Well, goodbye, Mr. Hogg.
Hang-Ger! Yes Zuien-ze! Yes Xiao Bang! Yes
Rou-Ding... Yes Lao Tung... Yes Muriel!
Lao Da... Yes Lao San... Yes Lao Er... Yes Lao Si? Yes
Yu-Lin. It's all right.
We'll make a new garden.
I thought he was happy. I really did.
But we'll never know what went on the last time he was happy.
Maybe someone, his mother or father or sister or whoever, said:
"Ching, we have to leave here. "
And then something happened.
Something so awful we can't even begin to imagine it.
It doesn't go away.
It never goes away, and I know that.
But all of this Flowers and honey, and...
I'm sorry, Ching. I forgot.
Come on, boys. Come on!
Quiet, boys. That's it.
If the wolf wakes you, don't be afraid.
Just tell him what I said. I know.
I know. Let's go.
Here... I'll take him.
Oh, come on, sleepy head. Sshhh...
Did you give that to him?
Let him keep it, George.
It's who he is.
Right there. At the village entrance Thank you There is an abandoned farmhouse just the other side of the village.
We can camp there.
Also, he swears he saw a couple of Japanese only two days ago.
Shi-Kai. Go and sleep now.
I'll take over.
Shi-Kai, did you hear me?
I can smell them.
Drop your guns!
Drop your guns.
Hands up Shi-Kai!
Shi-Kai! The door!
We have to kill them, you know.
Don't be stupid, George.
They are scouts.
If they get away, they will rejoin their unit.
I'll do it.
I said no!
Leave. Don't watch.
When we reach the Silk Road, I want you to leave us.
Come on, boys!
Keep up ahead.
Why did you stop?
We're refugees. We're taking them North to safety.
We have no papers.
Search their belongings.
Sir, look at this!
...a Corporal Kurahara.
We found it.
We found it on a dead soldier.
He shouldn't have taken it.
He's just a child.
Where did you find it?
Shi-Kai! Put the gun down now!
Shi-Kai! The wagon!
Don't come over here.
We're moving on.
Lee, I thought you said there was morphine in these.
Lee! Where are you?
It's all that's left.
He won't wake up now.
Sometime in the next hour or two he'll die.
Everything's all right now.
Go find them. Okay?
Go find your family.
It's okay. Easy... easy...
You will be fine.
You and I have one thing in common, George we are both from good families.
We have the luxury of our ideals.
Lee - she is the one who's different.
It's never a matter of ideals to her.
It's something deep in her gut.
She can't look at these people without feeling their pain.
When it got too much, she took opium do deal with her pain.
Have you ever heard of the Bitter Sea?
It's an old name for China.
What we Chinese do best, is to endure.
We try to keep our heads above water.
While the bitter sea swirls around us, we endure.
But you know, Lee's more Chinese than either of us.
She doesn't believe in a future, because like the Chinese, she doesn't think she deserves one.
George, you're going to show her she does.
You thought I was such a goddamn saint, didn't you, George?
Well, now you know.
Now you know.
Well, you're certainly no lady.
You're a brave, beautiful woman.
You're the bravest, most beautiful woman I've ever met.
Tell her goodbye for me.
That's the Yellow River.
And just this side of it, Lanzhou.
It is so big.
Stop, you two follow me.
I am the Magistrate of Lanzhou.
This is Mr Chang Shengyi... the Chief of Police.
You took more than 60 children... climbed over Liupan Mountain and walked 500 miles.
To get there?
It's hard to believe.
But it's true.
How long did it take?
You'll walk 200 miles more to Shandan?
I won't allow you walk to Shandan.
It's out of the question.
I have four Dodge trucks.
You can borrow them.
What's happened? The truck is out of order.
Hogg, do you see that?
Is everybody all right?
Hogg? Are you okay?
Just a scratch.
My God, where have you brought us? The 14th century?
There it is, beyond the watchtower.
Mr. Hogg, this way please.
Mr. Hogg, please follow me.
I was told to find a building for you.
This is called The Temple of King Ashoka's Hair.
The monks left... many years ago.
Do you think it will do?
This is wrong, should be like that.
The light is on, good!
Where on earth did you find this?
I thought I'd lost it... untouched the whole way.
Are you all right?
Flu, I think.
Here. Drink this then I'll take a look at you.
Rou-Ding. They'll have this in Lanzhou. Okay?
We've run out of this.
I know... Ho-Ke has tetanus.
Okay, hurry! Please hurry!
Hurry, excuse me.
Open the door!
I'm not scared.
No, of course not.
Rou-Ding's coming with serum.
You're going to be fine.
But it's all right.
I don't like to be contradicted, Hogg. You know that.
I've been so lucky, Lee.
I've been so lucky.
He came from a distant land... but his spirit wished to stay here with us.
Ho-Ke has not left us... because he gave himself to each of us... and whatever we do from now on... we will always be able... to hear his voice.
I only found out a week ago.
Somebody came from Lanzhou.
I'm fine, Jack.
We need you.
The boys are safe now.
They can manage on their own.
Lee. I'm serious.
Maybe these boys don't need me, Jack.
But I need them.
Oh yes, I do need them.
I didn't pee the bed... because I'm a big boy now.
If the wolf comes...
I'll say "go away stupid... " and he'll be frightened and run away.
Ho-Ke says you can have that.
I don't like coffee.
Ho-Ke says you can have it.
You're a brave boy, Lao Si.
Many of George Hogg's children are still alive, among them Lao Si and his three brothers.
The four of us could never have survived without Hogg.
We brothers didn't know our birthdays.
Even my older brother didn't know.
When asked, we all say, "The 22nd" this was the day George Hogg died.
Ho-Ke gave a speech.
He wrote three words on the blackboard, in English.
Where do we want to go? "Why" and "How".
He had his methods.
Then he explained how far it was to Shandan over 1,000 kilometres.
We would march there; our belongings packed on hand carts and mule carriages.
We kept hearing that Shandan was so cold that your nose would break off if you touched it.
And when you pee, it would become an ice stick.
But Hogg assured us it wouldn't be that bad.
It was a very cold winter.
And walking all the way through snow and on icy roads.
It took us over two months.
Later people called this, 'The Long March in Miniature. '
He was a perfect man. Everybody has his flaws, but I couldn't find any in Hogg.
He was always smiling when talking to us.
He knew, and he taught us what to hate and what to love.
The Chinese people remember those foreigners who helped China during those struggles.
No matter how the world may change, we, the Chinese, will never forget them.