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Star Wars to screen in China for first time ever

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t open until the end of this year, but moviegoers in China will travel to a galaxy far, far away next month. The country will have its first-ever screening of the six original Star Wars movies.

The 18th Shanghai International Film Festival and Walt Disney Pictures have announced that all six Star Wars films will screen over the course of the festival. Although Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith all debuted in Chinese theaters, this will be the first ever theatrical screening of the original trilogy in China. In a release, SIFF organizers called the series “the greatest sci-fi masterpiece in film history,” saying that they hoped to generate discussion and Chinese interest ahead of the upcoming Force Awakens premiere.

The festival will be held June 13 through June 21.

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