Japanese Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Mashable discusses seven things we learn from this trailer, which features different scenes than the American one:

1. Goldenrod is back, now with 20% less gold


Threepio, everyone’s favorite protocol droid of ambiguous sexuality, is back. We’ve known this for years. Even before the casting announcement, we knew Threepio and Artoo would be in every Star Wars movie by inviolable tradition.

What we didn’t know is where Goldenrod would show up and with whom. He didn’t seem to be with Artoo in the previous trailers, which showed Luke (shrouded under a robe) and Artoo together. Now we see Threepio hanging out with Leia, who also gets her first appearance in a trailer while not sobbing into Han Solo’s chest. (Come to think of it, maybe Threepio is the reason she’s sobbing into Han’s chest.)

Also, as you can see in the GIF above, Threepio has a red arm. We’ve also known this for quite some time; his arm has been red in much of the merchandising and related advertising, most recently in an epic Duracell commercial.

Instead, this part is meant to tout the mystery of how Threepio got that red arm. This will be revealed in a special Star Wars Marvel comic coming in December. (Your puny attempts at marketing are no match for the power of Disney brand synergy.)

Parents who do not like buying comic books for their kids should not look at the screen for this:



2. Chewie wants to hold your hand


“And when I touch you I feel Wookiee inside…”

3. Finn, meet Rey. Rey, Finn.


This one could be a huge deal: Finn and Rey swap names for the first time on what is clearly the Millennium Falcon. We’ve previously seen them hanging out under a shade structure, running around being blown up and shot at by Stormtroopers, TIE fighters and — at another point in the trailer — flame-thrower troopers.

So the fact they swap names for the first time on the Falcon either means they had no time for such social niceties during the attack, or that the attack happens second and Rey the scavenger discovers the Millennium Falcon on a Jakku junkyard much earlier in the film.

4. Quit following me, kid


Doesn’t it seem like BB-8 is bugging Rey, who wants to be a nobody? We know he’s been in Poe Dameron’s X-Wing fighter. Why is he — or, if one rumor is to be believed, she — harassing a random scavenger? Unless she’s not so random …

There’s a clue to why that might be the case in Rey’s dialogue, also revealed for the first time. “I know all about waiting,” she says. “My family …” is almost certainly a family we’ve heard of before.

5. Rey, a captive of Kylo Ren


Now we know that the movie’s three leads encounter Kylo at some point. Poe Dameron is tortured by him; Finn takes up a blue lightsaber against him; and here, in what appears to be the same forest setting, Rey also meets the business end of Kylo’s weapon, Sparky McMedieval Lightsaber. And she can’t move out of its way.

6. J.J. Abrams loves classic movie references


If you didn’t spot the reference, go to the bottom of film appreciation class. Apocalypse Now, of course.

Apocalypse Now

Referencing Apocalypse Now is particularly appropriate given that George Lucas was planning to direct that film — until Francis Ford Coppola made Lucas choose between Apocalypse and Star Wars. So Lucas put his Vietnam message in Star Wars instead, with the Empire intended to represent the U.S. military.

7. No, really, J.J. Abrams loves classic movie references


The setting sun. The moisture vaporators. The desert setting. All you need is an extra sun (nah, too obvious) and a swelling, rising John Williams orchestra (almost certainly). Hey, here’s one.



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