21 January 2018
As Hollywood blockbusters continue to hit the screens in China since the start of the year, a Russian space film has quietly entered cinemas and received immediate praise. Released on the Chinese mainland on Jan. 12, "Salyut-7" tells the true story of two cosmonauts sent to investigate and repair the unmanned USSR station Salyut-7, which lost connection with ground control after nearly three years in service.
Despite underwhelming box office sales of 11.82 million yuan (1.85 million U.S. dollars) as of Friday due to limited screenings, the film was rated 7.7 on Chinese film rating platform Douban, higher than most other recently released movies. Many of the over 13,000 users who left ratings compared the film with Hollywood space films, and commented on its unique value.