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Published: Jun 30, 2022 07:01 PM
Movie 'Ode to the Spring': Remember ordinary anti-COVID-19 heroes in Wuhan

The Ode to the Spring movie, which presents an image of anti-COVID-19 heroes during the early outbreak in 2019 in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province, finally hit the big screen on Friday after a delay of several months due to the pandemic. 

Several films have tackled similar topics over the past two years, following the doctors, experts and other people who fought on the frontlines of the fight against the pandemic. Differing from these previous depictions, this new film includes stories about the lives of ordinary people as they try to navigate the pandemic. 

"This movie is a gift to you and me, those who have been working hard during this period of time," Huang Bo, a well-known comedic movie talent and executive producer of Ode to the Spring, told audiences at a preview event for the film on June 20, in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province.

The stories depicted in the film vary greatly. Over the past two or so years of the pandemic, there have been stories of people striving for life opportunities for their loved ones even when the city was shuttered. For example, farmers hunting for jobs in Wuhan before the lockdown who later chose to support epidemic prevention and control efforts alongside professional staff. The movie depicts small things that many people would never notice. Here is another example, a father and his son who barely see each other and often forget to stay in touch are forced to live under the same roof during the lockdown. How do the two deal with this strange but familiar father-son relationship? This is a microcosm of China during this hard time that is sure to resonate with moviegoers.

"Movies function as a reflection of real life by recording ordinary people's everyday lives," said Huang, noting that the stories in the movie were adapted from real events.

The movie was originally set to be released on April 2, but was delayed due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in China. 

Global Times
Promotional material for <em>Ode to the Spring</em> Photo: Courtesy of Douban

Promotional material for Ode to the Spring Photo: Courtesy of Douban