4D introduces new viewing option for 'Star Wars' fans

Film Dec 18, 2015

4D introduces new viewing option for 'Star Wars' fans

by Shusuke Murai

In preparation for the much-anticipated worldwide release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Toho Cinemas Ltd. has tripled its so-called 4D motion effects theaters to nine stretching from Tokyo, Yokohama, Kawasaki and Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, to Nanba in Osaka. The theaters use specially engineered seats ...

A promotional force to be reckoned with

Film Dec 18, 2015

A promotional force to be reckoned with

"Star Wars" mania has hit a fever pitch in Japan as one cannot go anywhere without seeing merchandise or advertisements for the new movie, the long-awaited seventh installment in the series. Here are just a few of the out-of-this-world merchandise and promotions for "The ...

The Force is strong with Japanese 'Star Wars' fans

Film Dec 17, 2015

The Force is strong with Japanese 'Star Wars' fans

This week the new "Star Wars" film will hit Japanese theaters at the same time as the rest of the world. With a 10-year gap since the last movie, all of Japan's promotion and hype has awoken many dormant fans who have spent the ...

Japanese 'Star Wars' fans get ready for a new adventure

Film Dec 17, 2015

Japanese 'Star Wars' fans get ready for a new adventure

by Ryotaro Aoki

It's become a bit of trivia among "Star Wars" fans that creator George Lucas allegedly took inspiration from both the term jidai geki (historical drama) when creating the word "jedi" and Akira Kurosawa's film "The Hidden Fortress." Those aren't the only Japanese references in ...