A very brief shot of a man taking a shower with all of his back appearing naked (his buttocks are visible) and there is some kissing between a man and a woman in a few scenes.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Eric lidier, Chinese Name: Li Airui (1902-1945). His father is the Reverend James danlupa lidier, and his mother is Mary Leiden, a nurse. His parents are Scottish and missionaries sent by the London church to China.

In 1898, Reverend lidier entered China and preached the gospel in Shanghai. The following year, he married Miss Leiden. Later, under the influence of the Boxer Movement at that time, Reverend lidier and his wife left Shanghai and went north. On January 16, 1902, their second son Eric lidier was born in the famous doctor Ma hospital in Tianjin. In 1907, when lidier was 5 years old, he returned home with his parents on vacation. The following year, Reverend lidier returned to China to serve in the church. The priest suffered from family separation because of his missionary career and left his two sons Robert and lidier in Britain.

After reaching the age, lidier studied at London middle school in starling County, Scotland. Almost all the students in this school have the same background: the children of missionaries are growing up in an extremely devout family serving God, and their parents are too busy with church service and evangelism to take care of themselves. Lidier stood out in sports when he was at school. In addition, the school also attaches importance to sports, President almond once wrote in his lecture: “Why can’t there be a sacred relationship between athletes and Christians? In fact, this sacred relationship can resist their common enemies and some bad morality, such as incontinence, laziness, idleness, weakness, indulgence in flesh desire, sharp cynicism, and all the factors against nature and immorality in our life”.

After graduating from high school, lidier entered the famous University of Edinburgh to study for a degree in natural science. In addition, lidier also joined the University of Edinburgh football team and became the number one player in the team. After listening to the advice of well-known British coach Tom magcha, he specialized in track and field. Lidier’s later performance proved that the coach had unique insight. In addition to football, track and field and his studies, lidier also participated in the service of preaching in the church and witnessed the Lord; At ordinary times, he always attends the weekly Bible study class on time; He also worked at the school’s Evangelical institution of medicine in Wellington. His faith is firm and godly. In his faith, he keeps the seventh day as the Sabbath. Because he is determined to keep the Lord’s day, he quickly becomes the focus of world attention.

In the summer of 1924, the eighth Olympic Games was held in Paris, with 44 countries and regions participating. Lidier participated in the track and field competition on behalf of Britain. At the Paris Olympic Games, because his original 100 meter race was scheduled to be held on Sunday, July 6, and lidier was going to participate in the Sunday worship of the church, he decided to give up the race. Lidier is the candidate with the highest voice for Britain to win the 100m Olympic gold medal. At this time, members of the British royal family failed to persuade him, and many Chinese people accused him of being a traitor. Lidier made a decision as soon as the schedule came out. “Everything seemed very calm.” Neil Campbell, an athlete who competed with him at that time, said: “lidier doesn’t like shouting. He just said, ‘I’m not playing at sunrise'”.

At a time of deadlock, another British athlete, sir Lindsay, transferred his qualification for the 400 meters on July 11 to lidier. Lidier worked hard in the shortest time. Although this “flying Scot” was not used to long-distance competition, he fought hard for the glory of God. In this event, lidier not only won the 400m championship, but also broke the world record in 47.6 seconds. At this time, he was only 22 years old, and his record remained for 35 years until 1959. Later, the British took this as the script and shot the Oscar winning film chariot of fire.

After winning the 400m gold medal in the eighth Olympic Games, lidier was at the height of the sun in Britain. At this time, he also received a degree in chemistry from the University of Edinburgh and became the target of many British enterprises. However, lidier, who has become an international famous athlete and sports star, bid farewell to the UK and all the honors he may get in the UK, declined all invitations, and returned to his birthplace Tianjin in the summer of 1925 with nostalgia for China. He worked as a middle school teacher in Xinxue middle school (now Tianjin No. 17 middle school), a church school founded by the British London society, in order to serve China Serve God. He said that this is the dream land given to him by God. He loves this country. At this time, he was only 23 years old, and he was at his peak in track and field.

During his teaching in Xinxue middle school, lidier was full of love for Chinese students and was serious and responsible for teaching. As a science and physical education teacher in the school, lidier never left the classroom first after each lecture, but politely let the students go first. When he got off the platform, if there were any students in the classroom, he would sit among the students and talk to them. Lidier is responsible and careful. Even if only one student doesn’t understand his lecture, he will repeat it without hesitation. Once, a student was a few minutes late because his bike broke down at school. After lidier asked about the situation, he repeated what he had said a few minutes ago for the student.

In 1928, lidier received an invitation to participate in an international games held in Dalian. In this competition, lidier won the gold medals in 200 meters and 400 meters. After the competition, lidier was anxious to return to Tianjin in order not to affect the school curriculum. When he arrived at the wharf, the ship had just anchored and had a long distance from the shore. So he hurried to the shore nearest to the ship, threw his luggage on the ship with all his strength, then took a few steps back, started with all his strength, and jumped onto the tail of the ship. The passengers on the ship were stunned. At this time, lidier was still wearing sportswear. This is a good story, and lidier’s loyalty to China’s education and God’s ministry can also be seen.

In 1929, Tianjin Minyuan track and field stadium held the world track and field competition. At the invitation of the organizers, lidier presided over the design and construction of the runway. Its construction level was first-class in Asia at that time. In this event, lidier defeated the world record holder of 500 meters, German athlete Otto fersa, and won the last gold medal of his life. 62 years later, in June 1991, his three daughters presented the gold medal to Xinxue middle school, which his father once taught – today’s Tianjin 17 middle school, as a permanent memorial.

Although lidier was diligent in the service of the church and the work of the school, he had no time to take into account his personal problems. It was not until he was 32 years old that he married a Miss Canada named Florence Mackenzie. Later, the couple gave birth to two girls. A few years later, Eric lidier was sent by the mission to preach in Xiaozhang County, Hebei Province. Earlier, lidier’s brother Robert had worked as a missionary in Xiaozhang county. At this time, during China’s Anti Japanese War, Xiaozhang County suffered from Japanese aggression. In May 1941, lidier sent his wife and daughter back to Canada. At this time, his wife was pregnant again. In September, three women were born in Canada. I don’t want to say goodbye to lidier’s wife and daughter on this trip. Also at this time, lidier was detained by the Japanese and sent to the Japanese concentration camp in Weifang, Shandong, that is, Weixian ledaoyuan.

Weixian ledaoyuan is the largest missionary base established by the American northern Presbyterian Church in China at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. It was first founded in 1883 by missionary Di Lebo (DI Cowen’s fourth brother) and his wife Ding Zhenzhu. It initially included three parts: Church, school and clinic. In March 1942, the Japanese gendarmerie occupied the ledaoyuan and transformed it into a concentration camp for Western overseas Chinese in North China. Among them are some well-known figures: Dr. Hess, President of North China Theological Seminary, Lei Zhenyuan, who was once an adviser to Chiang Kai Shek, de Weisi, provost of Qilu University, Leiden Stuart, provost of Yanjing University, and Heng Anshi, a teacher of the high school affiliated to Furen University, who later served as the U.S. ambassador to China, including lidier.

Life in the concentration camp was extremely difficult, but lidier still helped dozens of young people learn chemistry. Without teaching materials, lidier compiled chemistry teaching materials based on his own memory. Dr. David micho once lived in a concentration camp and was a student of lidier. He still keeps the chemistry textbook written by lidier. Lidier is always a popular person, even in concentration camps. The children thought he was a kind father and affectionately called him “Uncle Eric”. Older people regard him as a reliable friend and an absolutely reliable person.

In early February 1945, lidier didn’t teach his students for a week. After that, everyone knew that he was ill. On February 20, the day before lidier’s death, he was still talking with his classmates on the baseball field. No one could see that he was hiding great pain. The next morning, the tumor in lidier’s brain took his life. Inmates erected a simple cross in front of lidier’s grave. Because they couldn’t find paint, they wrote lidier’s name on the cross with black shoe polish. At this time, lidier was 43 years old.

Many years later, in 1995, on the 50th anniversary of the victory of the Anti Japanese War, a Japanese professor found a well preserved death certificate of Eric lidier in the Japanese concentration camp in Weifang, Shandong Province, which had been sleeping for half a century. The death certificate has three pages, recording that lidier’s age at the time of death was 43 years old and one month. The date of death was 9:20 p.m. on February 21, 1945, and the date of signature of the doctor was February 22. Today, the death certificate is kept at the Eric lidier foundation in Hong Kong.

In 1988, a group of Chinese and foreign friends gathered in Weifang, Shandong Province to unveil the monument to Eric lidier’s cemetery. The monument is made of granite from Mar Island, Scotland, his hometown. It is engraved with inscriptions in Chinese and English. On the front is: “they should be able to fly high and spread their wings as eagles; they should be able to run forward without fatigue”. Lidier’s brilliant and short life is recorded behind it. In 1990, in memory of lidier, Mr. Qiu Jia, a civil engineer born in Scotland and later living in Hong Kong, initiated and established the Eric lidier foundation.

Personally, as far as I know about lidier, first of all, I heard from our head teacher pastor wang in 2005. At that time, pastor wang also recommended the film chariot of fire to us, and gave us a brief introduction to lidier’s life, showing us that he was a servant of God who was loyal and loved the Lord. Another time, when we collectively visited Weifang Church in 2007, pastor Shi of Weifang church received us to visit the Ledo Academy. We saw the granite monument commemorating lidier in the Ledo Academy. We had a more intuitive understanding of the servant of God, his love for China and his dedication to Chinese life.

Today, on the occasion of the Beijing Olympic Games, we re cherish the memory of the former Olympic champion lidier. With a kind and great heart, when his career was at its peak, he came to the remote areas of China and suffered from the war and the pain of separation of his wife and daughter. He was born for China, born to love and never abandon this land; He died for China, but after his death, he didn’t even know where his bones were buried. Atheist friends can imagine lidier’s transcendent charm of life, and our brothers and sisters who believe in Jesus Christ, our brother in the Lord, are enough to make us proud and grateful. As the Bible says, “he stopped his labor, and the results of his work always follow him”. Finally, let’s conclude with lidier’s own words:

From birth to death,

Although everyone seems to be standing on the same runway,

But what everyone does is different,

Therefore, the meaning of life is different.

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