No, I don’t mean The Force Awakens. I mean A New Hope. According to The Guardian, the classic 1977 film was officially screened in China for the first time at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday along with The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Here are some reactions that The Guardian posted:

“The visual effects are amazing for 1977,” wrote filmgoer Xiaosi Buxiang on the Chinese website Douban. “But the character design is weak, the leading actress is not beautiful, the leading actor is not handsome and action scenes are like children fighting.”

Another user, posting as T-maxdo, suggested the film should be viewed through a “comparative perspective”, writing: “In 1977, the United States already had such stunning imaginative creativity and movie special effects, while China had just ended the cultural revolution period and its people had just emerged from a dark era.”


China is well known for its strict control over cultural imports, and it imposes a quota on the number of foreign movies that can be shown in its theaters. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the current quota is at 34 foreign films per year, and the number is expected to go up in the near future.