The Original Star Wars Trilogy Has Never Screened In China – Until Now. Shockingly, the first three Star Wars films have never had theatrical runs in China. That is all about to change, as the country is ramping up to the highly anticipated release of The Force Awakens this December.
The Shanghai International Film Festival is poised to re-release the prequel trilogy, alongside a first-time for Chinese audiences release of the original trilogy. According to the Hollywood Reporter,
The 18th edition of the SIFF will mark the first theatrical screening of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in China.
It is bizarre to think of a world where the original Star Wars films never screened in theatres, but I suppose it isn’t that strange after all. It was the 70s and 80s, and Chinese audiences were inundated with Hong-Kong Kung-Fu, Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan films – rightfully so. It’s exciting, though, to know that people from all generations will get to watch these films in theatres for the first time. Unfortunately, they’re going to watch those pesky remastered versions with added scenes and audio cues. Come on, Disney – release those unaltered cuts, already. It’s the right thing to do. Search your feelings – you know it to be true.
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Sources: Hollywood Reporter