Hong Kong director Peter Chan Ho-sun’s latest movie, Dearest was released across China on Sep 26. This movie became an instant box office hit and has grossed more than six million RMB in three days. It received high praise among audience, where ratings on both Douban Movie and Mtime.com exceeded 8 out of 10. Starring Zhao Wei, Huang Bo, and Tong Dawei, this movie probes the social problem of child kidnapping that has long plagued China.
The movie is based on a true story in which a group of parents set out to find their missing children who have either been sold to adoptive parents or have become the victims of criminals. On a event held at the University of Foreign Trade in Beijing yesterday, director Chan called on the audience to forward the Sina Weibo about group organizer, Sun Haiyang, who has been searching for his son for seven years. Sun said he and his family would not hold the traffickers accountable, as long as his son was safe. Over 30,000 people have now forwarded this on Weibo.
Tong Dawei, who plays a lawyer in the movie, hopes the film will attract public attention, and has called for stricter laws, and asked that the government takes samples of childen’s DNA and their fingerprint to increase the chances of finding them.
In China, demand for healthy babies, especially for male infants, has bred an illegal underground business for kidnapped children. Many children are badly treated by traffickers and either work as child labor in factories or are forced to beg for money on the street. More than 50,000 kidnapped children have been saved since 2009, according to the Ministry of Public Security. People can assist in solving in cases by providing information on social media platforms or posting on websites established by parents, such as Baby come home.
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