Watched it, thanx for the link! It's def. loosely based on Belyayev's novel. I know HK & Japanese cinema fairly well, but not mainland movies, so appreciate your threads Dylan.

The movie's slow and bizarre. 80s sound effects and all.
"Professor Dowell's Head" was a table book for many sci-fi lovers in the USSR, maybe not his most popular novel though. I think Amphibian Man was. So this film was a nice treat, as I was a sci-fi fan during the sci-fi craze in early 90s in post-USSR, & interested in Asian cinema.
Belyayev's one of the most popular sci-fi writers in USSR/Russia, along with Ivan Yefremov and few others. Amphibian Man was a very popular romantic film shot in 1961 in the USSR, with a starlet Anastasia Vertinskaya & a Soviet idol Vladimir Korenev.

"Professor Dowell's Head" was adopted in the eighties, so not quite as naive, romantic and colourful as "Amphibian Man", which was a typical 60s Soviet film from the "happy era".

"Professor Dowell's Will" is more moody & obscure.

Chinese film of the late eighties has some parallels with the late eighties Soviet cinema: often darker, more nihilistic, bizarre, cynical, self-reflective.

But I need to watch more Chinese stuff of that era to draw conclusions.
Because of the Sino-Soviet split, not many 🇨🇳 movies made into Soviet big screens in the sixties to late eighties era. Red Gaoliang, the first Zhang Yimou film with young Gong Li was among the first in the late 80s to be screened in the USSR in Russian dub
I've had interest in movies since early childhood, but knew mostly HK films as "Chinese cinema". They were distributed on VHS pretty widely.

Still closing the gap in my mainland Chinese film knowledge.

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