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辩护人 (Biànhùrén): The Attorney
South Korean film inspired by the life of former President Roh Moo-hyun, a tax attorney turned human rights lawyer; film invoked in support of Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang.
Pu Zhiqiang is a former 1989 student protester turned outspoken, high-profile rights defense lawyer. He was detained along with several fellow activists on May 6, 2014 after attending a salon on the 1989 protests at the home of a friend. Actress Zhang Ziyi subtly supported Pu by encouraging her Weibo followers to watch "The Attorney," the 2013 dramatization of Roh Moo-hyun's defense of student protesters persecuted by the authoritarian government:
Xitubudui (@稀土部队): "The Attorney": A lawyer who pursues democracy, rule of law, and justice fights for the truth and deeply inspires. The story is adapted from the real accomplishments of former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun. No need to say more here, go see for yourself what it’s about! (May 6, 2015)
Roh was later elected president of the newly democratized South Korea in 2003. Roh's life story resonates with Pu Zhiqiang's, and also hints at a happier ending to Pu's tribulations. Pu has remained in custody since May 2014, but was only formally indicted in May 2015. He has also been denied access to his lawyer since June 23, 2015.
Zhang Ziyi's post inspired other Weibo users to invoke "The Attorney" as an allegory for Pu Zhiqiang's fate. One particular quotation from the film is treated as sensitive and at times deleted from social media, as witnessed by this Weibo post removed by Sina:
DaoyuanqiaoqiaoJOJO (@导演乔乔JOJO): The hardest rock is still dead; most fragile egg still holds life. In the end the rock will become dust, but the life in the egg will someday fly over the rock. (April 15, 2015)