Torchlighters: The Gladys Aylward Story

DVD Release: September 27, 2011
Torchlighters: The Gladys Aylward Story


With war raging around her and soldiers closing in, the wounded missionary Gladys Aylward (as portrayed in the movie “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness”) sets out on the most difficult journey of her life—a 100-mile trek over the mountains to a safe haven for the orphans she brought with her.

Dove Review

“The Gladys Aylward Story” has to be seen to be appreciated. The diminutive woman, approximately five feet tall, was called by God to go to China. She became a missionary and helped over 100 orphans escape through the war-torn country. She is portrayed as an unassuming and humble woman in this movie, but one that God works mightily through. When a riot takes place, the Mandarin calls on her to go settle it down—and she does!

Gladys worked in an area where Japanese soldiers were attacking. As she led the orphan children to safety, she battled fatigue and was turned away from one city where she sought refuge. But she carried on and God providentially came to her rescue on more than one occasion, such as the time Chinese men with boats showed up and helped Gladys and the children cross the Yellow Sea.

This animated feature shows some shooting, homes on fire, and blood on a few characters. We are awarding “The Gladys Aylward Story” our “Faith-Friendly” 12+ Seal. This film shows that dynamite does indeed come in small packages!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Shootings, fires; planes attack from overhead; blood seen on woman's shoulder after she is grazed by a bullet; riot in prison and a man is seen with a sword, others fight and one man seen with blood on his head.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Child has a bleeding foot from walking so much; war torn area in Yang-Cheng.


Company: Cinedigm
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 30 min.
Starring: N/A
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter