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China screens anti-war film as reminder to treasure peace

07-07-2010 10:43 BJT Special Report:

BEIJING, July 6 (Xinhua) - Sixty-five years ago, Li Shulan witnessed the cruelty of her daughter being slaughtered by Japanese invaders in her hometown. A few months later, she adopted a Japanese girl left behind by the invading troops.

Li, now 81, gave the girl a Chinese name, 'Tian Lihua,' and also a nickname, 'Laishun', which means "all things go well." She raised the girl as her own daughter until 1981 when Laishun returned to her birth country, Japan.

Based on the true story of Li and her adopted daughter, the film, "Department of Dance", was previewed Monday in China's Northeast Normal University, and struck deep into the hearts of older people who lived through the war, as well as the younger generation born decades after the war.

The film, staffed by university students from its creation to shooting, is scheduled to be released to the public in September. It was also the first film adapted from college students' original dancing performances.

As the leading lady said at the end of the film, "Hatred begets hatred with no end while love begets love with families formed," Li said she very much missed her adopted daughter.

"I heard she got sick and had a rough time in Japan. It is my biggest wish in my life to see her again," Li said with tears in her eyes during an interview with Xinhua on Tuesday.

The film was trying to make the public realize the torment of wars and the great value of peace, said young people who performed in the film or watched the film.

Wang Yu, a 26-year-old student who played a supporting role in the film, said she could not imagine how painful her life could be if she were born during war time.

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