Photo of cartoonist Xiong Dun (L) and her friend Amy posted by Xiong Dun's Sina Weibo account. (Web source)
BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- "Death is only a result. How you live is the most important." A movie based on a true story of an optimistic cartoonist fighting cancer recently hit Chinese cinemas and moved many people.
Six days after its release, the film "Go Away, Mr. Tumor" has had a box office of 239 million yuan (37 million US dollars), according to movie ticket app Maoyan.
Xiong Dun, the cartoonist, was diagnosed with with lymph cancer in Aug. 2011. She then began updating her comic online with the progress of her treatment.
The series became a hit for displaying the author's optimism and humor when facing difficulties in life.
Sadly, Xiong didn't make it and passed away in Nov. 2012 at the age of 30.
Xiong Dun (L) and herself as depicted in her comic "Go Away Mr. Tumor." (Web source)
"It was also one of her last wishes to shoot this film," said the film's producer Li Liangwen. Li said part of the profit will go to a charitable fund Xiong founded in her last days.
After knowing her story, many people went to Xiong's Weibo to comment on her last posts. The very last one, in which Xiong was teasing her best friend Amy just a couple of days before she died, had more than 50,000 comments now. It became a "tree hole", where people told their own stories and shared their personal memorial of the cartoonist.
"I know you are not there but I followed your account anyway. Hope I could be as strong as you were when facing great difficulties." said Weibo user "S-Terry".
"I must thank the world for having someone to remind us that all the worldly worries, anger, regret, jealousy and arrogance are just so insignificant." Another user commented.
The movie poster and a page from Xiong Dun's comic "Go Away Mr. Tumor."
Daniel Wu, who starred Xiong Dun's doctor in the movie, compared the story to that of his mother.
"If my mother hadn't passed away less than a year before filming Mr. Tumor Go Away... I would not have had truly understood the frustration of trying to help someone with cancer and how painful it can be." Wu said on Instagram. He appreciated Xiong for "bringing a positive ray of light to the subject of death and dying."