Fans turned their backs on movie pirates to jam theatres yesterday for the opening of the Star Wars blockbuster. Though illicit VCD copies of Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace have been on the streets since May, thousands of fans lined up at cinemas. At the UA Pacific Place cinema in Admiralty, it was a full house all day, while long queues formed for tickets to today's shows. Father-of-two Wayne Walsh, from New Zealand, said his sons, three and six, had been pestering him to take them to the latest Star Wars offering. Mr Walsh said he remembered being fascinated by the original Star Wars released in 1977. 'I'm not really a fan, but it's okay,' he said. 'My sons gave me two choices - Ocean Park or Star Wars. Star Wars is better than Ocean Park because there's air-conditioning in the cinema. I like the action and adventure in space of the original version. All of it is still in my memory.' Student Leia Harfoot, 18, shares her name with Princess Leia in the original. She felt obliged to watch the film because of the connection. Korean teenagers Soh Jae-jun and Sung Dong-ha, both 14 and students at Island School, said the movie was 'not to be missed'. 'We've heard there's good animation and lots of action. It's a full house everywhere. We're not going to miss it,' Jae-jun said. Many fans said they would not watch pirated copies.