Chinese moviegoers need not wait a decade for new 'Blade Runner'

"Blade Runner 2049" is set to hit mainland theaters today.

The cast includes Harrison Ford, who starred in the orginal "Blade Runner" film in 1982, and Ryan Gosling.

Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas,  hits the mainland theaters on today. [Photo: Xinhua]

"Blade Runner 2049," hits the mainland theaters on today. [Photo: Xinhua]

Set 30 years after the events shown in the first movie, the sequel follows a new officer of the Los Angeles Police Department who discovers a long-buried secret and embarks on a quest to unravel it.

Hundreds of fans alongside some sci-fi filmmakers and critics got a sneak preview of a 30-minute clip of the sequel in Beijing on Sunday.

A Beijing-based critic says "Blade Runner" was an eyeopener for many Chinese sci-fi fans. Before, people thought of a futuristic world as neat, advanced and fantastic, in which humans are served by robots and lead a decent life, but the film shows a dark and disappointing future, in which protagonists lead a low life despite their homes being full of high-tech gadgets.

An associate professor at the Beijing Film Academy, Wang Hongwei, says "Blade Runner" was a breakthrough in "visualizing a futuristic city," adding that previous influential sci-fi movies were mostly about aliens or set in the remote unknown. "Blade Runner" was very fresh.

Critics and researchers said the fictional world set in the "Blade Runner" movies has the possibility of being realized in future.

Ridley Scott is the executive producer and Canadian director Denis Villeneuve directed the sequel.


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