Production Team of Film “The Eternal Wave” Visit Former Residence of Martyr Li Bai Memorial Hall
By Qian Jing
The film “The Eternal Wave” was released on the early morning of November 3. The film was adapted from the true historical story of martyr Li Bai, and the Former Residence of Martyr Li Bai Memorial Hall, located at No. 15, Lane 107, Huangdu Road, Hongkou District, used to be where Comrade Li Bai lived a secluded life, sent secret telegraphs and was arrested. On the afternoon of November 2, director Zhong Shaoxion, scriptwriter Zhang Tan and other members of the film production team visited the memorial hall. In producing the film, the main members of the production team paid several visits to the site.
With Li Bai as the prototype, “The Eternal Wave” the red classic story of “the wave that never fades away”. According to the record, Li was born in Liuyang, Hunan Province in 1910, joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1925, and joined the Red Army of Chinese Workers and Peasants in 1930 as one of the earliest telegraph operators in the army. When the Red Army’s Long March started, Li served as the political commissar of the radio team in the Red Army. Starting in 1937, Li accepted the task entrusted by the CPC, and moved from Yan'an to Shanghai to take charge of the secret liaison work between the CPC Shanghai Organization and the CPC Central Committee.
At that time, Shanghai was a place full of Japanese soldiers, military police, agents and rogues and the fighting situation was very sinister. Li actively carried out the underground work. With the help of the CPC Shanghai organization, he found a house and installed a radio device in the attic. Then, whether in the cold winter or the sultry summer, Li continued to work every night to send the radio signals to Yan'an. It was through the radio device that the CPC Central Committee could command the Shanghai Party organization's fight against the enemy. After the victory of the Anti-Japanese War, Li still stayed in Shanghai for the underground secret communication work of the Party.
Li was arrested by the Japanese invaders and the Kuomintang four times and was tortured. On May 7, 1949, on the eve of the liberation of Shanghai, Li was secretly killed by the Kuomintang.
Zhong said that in the film, he did not directly depict the death of the martyr, just in order to leave the audience a promising finale.
According to the sources, on the eve of the release of the film, more than a thousand film viewers attended the premiere. The production team were deeply moved by the enthusiasm of the audience in Shanghai, so they decided to visit the memorial hall once again and learn from Li’s wisdom, courage, loyalty and fearlessness.