China’s first science fiction blockbuster set in space, “The Wandering Earth,” opened last week during the Spring Festival holiday. It was the biggest box-office hit during the holiday and has already grossed 1.8 billion yuan (265 million U.S. dollars) so far.

Why has this film been such an instant hit? How does it compare with Hollywood sci-fi films? And how does it reflect China’s culture and its vision for the future of mankind?

Panelists: Prof. Joanne Cheng, a Film Critic and Film Maker; Prof. Yang Yuguang of the China Aerospace Science & Industry Group; Chen Qiufan, founder and CEO of Thema Mundi Productions.

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