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Chinese netizens call for a sequel of 'Lost and Love', sending congratulations to the father who found his abducted son after 24 years
Published: Jul 13, 2021 01:00 AM
Guo Gangtang shows the information of his abducted son on August 8, 2010. Photo: CFP

Guo Gangtang shows the information of his abducted son on August 8, 2010. Photo: CFP


Chinese netizens on Monday sent congratulations to the man who found his abducted son after 24 years and called for a sequel of Lost and Love, an adaption from this child trafficking case. However, netizens want to add this happy ending to the story.

Guo Gangtang revealed on Sunday afternoon that he found his son in Central China's Henan Province, who was abducted at the age of two by human traffickers. He successfully identified his son after a DNA test with the help of local police.

The Ministry of Public Security will hold a press conference on Tuesday to provide more details on the child trafficking case, according to a report by The Paper.

The story has been adapted into the drama movie Lost and Love, which premiered in 2015. Renowned Chinese actor, Andy Lau, played the role of the father.

Director Peng Sanyuan said she was very thrilled after hearing the good news and informed Lau, who later also expressed his excitement by posting a series of memes in their chat. 

Many Chinese netizens took on social media to express their wish for a sequel of the film but with this happy ending. In Lost and Love, the father, played by Lau failed to find his son.

Some netizens also commented the good result was thanks to the big influence of the movie and the protagonist. The director admitted that the film did help people to pay attention to such incidents but the good result is mainly because of the efforts of the Ministry of Public Security.

"The movie was released in March, 2015 but Guo took so many years to complete the DNA test, which shows that it has little to do with this movie. But the impact and attention it brought is great and it will give confidence to families who suffered the same tragedy," Shi Wenxue, a film critic based in Beijing, told the Global Times on Monday.

All art forms, including movies, have the essence and function of reflecting social reality. However, due to the wide spread of movies, they will play a broader role in reflecting some social issues than other art forms such as literature, theater, and dance. For example, films such as Dying to Survive, which talks about reforms of the medical system, and Better Days, which focuses on school violence, have played a very important promoting role, Shi noted. 

The result also cheered many Chinese netizens who sent congratulations to Guo on social media. Meanwhile they are calling for a strict punishment for human traffickers.

Beijing-based lawyer, Shen Binti, told the Global Times on Monday that according to China's Criminal Law, anyone who abducts and sells children shall be sentenced to not less than five years but not more than 10 years in prison and a fine; if the circumstances are particularly serious, the death penalty shall be imposed and the property confiscated.

Anyone who buys a kidnapped child shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of no more than three years, criminal detention or surveillance. 

"The law has demonstrated China's determination to severely punish crimes against minors and protect the healthy growth of children," Shen said.


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