'Star Wars' fans get a first look at 'The Last Jedi'

Film / Culture Dec 15, 2017

'Star Wars' fans get a first look at 'The Last Jedi'

The planets have aligned and the Force is even stronger for the "Star Wars" community. On Thursday evening, hundreds of fans filled Toho Cinemas Roppongi for one of the first global premieres of "The Last Jedi," the latest film in the well-loved series, with ...

Star Wars-themed folding screen displayed at Kyoto temple

National Sep 12, 2017

Star Wars-themed folding screen displayed at Kyoto temple

A folding screen painted in ink featuring main characters of the Star Wars movie was unveiled Tuesday at Byodoin, a Buddhist temple on UNESCO's World Heritage list in Kyoto Prefecture, ahead of the release of the latest episode in December. The movie's famous robot characters ...

Episode VIII title 'The Last Jedi' sends 'Star Wars' fans wild

Film Jan 24, 2017

Episode VIII title 'The Last Jedi' sends 'Star Wars' fans wild

The next Star Wars film will be called, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the film studio Disney announced on Monday. The movie will be the second of the sequels, set 30 years after the original movie trilogy, and will follow the adventures of Luke Skywalker ...

'Rogue One': On the Dark Side of reanimation

Film / Reviews Dec 28, 2016

'Rogue One': On the Dark Side of reanimation

by James Hadfield

How much do you want a new "Star Wars"? When J.J. Abrams' "The Force Awakens" opened to enormous fanfare last December, it felt like watching a beloved rock band making its comeback tour after a long hiatus. Sure, the original members couldn't quite muster ...

Bushido: Soseki, 'Star Wars' and the samurai

Books Jul 30, 2016

Bushido: Soseki, 'Star Wars' and the samurai

by Damian Flanagan

In September 1912, Gen. Maresuke Nogi — a hero of the Russo-Japanese War — committed ritual suicide. His sensational death took place on the day of Emperor Meiji's funeral, making it an act of junshi (following one's lord in death) and a high-water mark ...