A sequel to the film Chariots of Fire is ready for its premiere on December 13th. The Last Race is a US-Chinese co-production, which should open doors to its exhibition all over China. It will be the first time that a film with an explicit Christian message will be exhibited in theatres all over China. It tells the story of what happened to Eric Liddell after his epic gold medal win in the Paris Olympics in 1924.
The new film tells the story of how the Scottish athlete left athletics and returned to China to be a missionary. The Last Race tells the story of his death in a Japanese prison camp in 1943 from a cerebral tumour. Despite his illness, Liddell renounced his right to be freed in a prisioner exchange negotiated by Churchill, instead giving his place to a pregnant woman who was able to be freed from the horrors of the prison camp were thousand died.
A fellow prisoner – Stephen Metcalf – said of him, “Liddell gave me two things: his old running shoes, and his example of forgiveness. He taught me to love my enemies, the Japanese, and to pray for them.” Liddell is played in the film by actor Joseph Fiennes, who will also be lead actor in Risen, the history of a centurion who investigates the Resurrection.
Source: Protestante Digital; Revival Media
Bible Study: Matthew 5:3-12
PRAISE God for this film which gives a clear message of Christian love, dedication and sacrifice. PRAY that it will indeed be exhibited all over China and that many Chinese people may find Christ.