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Based on the true story of Canadian doctor Norman Bethune, this film traces his life from his beginnings with his deeply religious family in Ontario, through his medical studies in school, where he developed his overwhelming compassion for those less fortunate, and his driving desire to see that they get the medical attention they need. Most of his life after college was spent either working in war zones around Europe or developing new treatment techniques in his home country. He died in 1939 while working with the Chinese army, caring for both soldiers and civilians in their fight against Japan. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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This was a dream project for Otto Preminger. For years he tried to raise finance and even had permission from the authorities to film in mainland China. Ring Lardner Jr collaborated with him on the screenplay. See more »

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Dedicated doctor in 1930s China
14 June 2007 | by (Peterborough, Great Britain) – See all my reviews

A real-life hero whose story is much better than most fiction. Born in Canada and a highly skilled surgeon, he could have had a useful and profitable career at home. Instead he chose to serve others - the poor in Canada, the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War and finally the Chinese.

The film mostly follows his time in China, the work he his best remembered for. He went there in 1938, helping China against the invasion by Imperial Japan. He also chose to serve the Chinese Communist army rather than the Chinese Nationalists - the two were in alliance at the time.

The film also has flashbacks to Bethune's past, and tries to understand his motives.


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