Disclosure: I received a free copy of this to facilitate my honest review. No monetary compensation was received! All thoughts and opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family.
All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward (Ingrid Bergman) knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to send herself to a poor, remote village. There she eventually lives a full and happy life: running the inn, acting as "foot inspector", advising the local Mandarin and even winning the heart of mixed race Captain Lin Nan (Curt Jurgens). But Gladys discovers her real destiny when the country is invaded by Japan and the Chinese children need her to save their lives. Based on a true story.
Movies that are based on true stories always catch my eye. When I got the chance to review The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, I jumped at the chance. I did a little research before the blu-ray arrived and found out that the movie is based on the book The Small Woman by Alan Burgess. I read the book before watching the movie and it does have some differences from the actual movie, but they both get their point across. As the opening title card reads: "This story is based upon the life of Gladys Aylward, a woman of our time, who was, and is dedicated to the simple, joyful and rare belief that we are all responsible for each other."
Ingrid Bergman proved in this movie that she was an incredible actress. The movie is very moving, and there were times while I was watching that I had tears in my eyes. Captain Lin Nan was wonderfully portrayed by Curt Jurgens, and he worked perfectly along side Ingrid Bergman as Gladys Aylward. The movie is touching and it is acceptable for the whole family. If you know someone interested in going into the Mission Field, this movie is something they should see. I am so happy we were able to review The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. It is a wonderful addition to our movie collection and will be enjoyed for many years to come!
After you have watched this awesome movie, take the time to learn more about Gladys Aylward. She was a remarkable woman who lived an extraordinary life!