Jun 17, 2015
By Andy Johnson
It has taken nearly 40-years for China to become one with the force. The Shanghai International Film Festival is showing all six “Star Wars” films this week, including the very first screenings in mainland Chinese theatres of the original trilogy. In 1977 as the rest of the world followed the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”, China had just emerged from the chaotic Cultural Revolution and had yet to launch economic reforms which would transform the Communist-ruled country. Despite the film festival showings, there are still no plans for nationwide release of movies.