Star Wars Trailer Analysis – The Force Awakens Japanese Trailer

There’s so many new shots to pick apart!

Well, this was unexpected wasn’t it? We thought we had analyzed our last Star Wars trailer, but Lucasfilm just taught us to never underestimate international marketing. The new trailer that dropped today, crafted for Japan, has a ton of new amazing shots. Let’s delve into it and see what we can discover!

Note: We’re mostly going to go over the new shots here. If there are shots in the trailer you wanted us to take a look at, chances are we already did in the previous trailer analysis.

The analysis:

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Rey outside of the crashed Star Destroyer. She’s either about to go inside or is just leaving, but we’re going to assume because she’s adjusting her goggles, it takes places before these shots in the last trailer:

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Rey speeding away from the Star Destroyer, presumably, and back to her AT-AT house. We’re fairly certain this is the companion shot to her arrival in the first trailer:

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After BB-8 and Rey get together, they talk about waiting. We’re willing to bet BB-8 is waiting for his mater Poe to return as we’ve theorized before. Rey also comments that she’s waiting for her family, which seems to confirm certain theories (and ours) that someone put her on Jakku to protect her. It’s either the Solos or the Skywalkers (or both). Our question is… how’d she get the British accent? From the natives of Jakku?

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This is after Rey and Finn join forces. It seems that Finn and Poe get together first, then part ways. Then on Jakku, Finn, Rey, and BB-8 come into contact. Perhaps Finn’s searching for BB-8 for Poe and meets Rey that way?

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BB-8 looks out at the setting sun…

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And sees an AMAZING SHOT of Tie Fighters against the sunset.

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More shots of the First Order burning down that village. Rumor is that happens at the start of the film… but the way it’s cut here makes it seem like they’re burning a place on Jakku to get to Finn, Rey, and BB-8. This could be deliberate non-linear cutting to throw us off. Also, is it us or do those huts being burned down kind look like the Tusken Raider hutts in Attack of the Clones:


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More shots of Kylo Ren here. A new line, “I will fulfill our destiny” joins “Nothing will stand in our way” and “I will finish what you started.” Out of all of them, the “destiny” line sounds the best.

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A new shot of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber on what looks like Starkiller base.

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Finn and Rey introduce themselves to each other, but Rey’s first line “I don’t know your name” may actually come from another part of the film since trailer editing can be tricky like that.

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The same shots of the Knights of Ren from the last trailer, who may be connected to the Inquisitors in Star Wars Rebels.

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A profile shot of Leia at the Resistance base that could be on Yavin IV or Dantooine. She seems very distressed by something which probably has to do with Starkiller base. By the way, notice in the background is Ken Leung from LOST. He’s out of focus, but that’s definitely him as a Resistance officer.

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A shot of C-3PO at the Resistance base. Leia and Poe are behind him. Poe’s now in a flight suit. We’re betting that this’ll be right before the climactic battle in the third act.

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An explosion in the desert that BB-8 sees. We’re pretty sure this is when Poe is taken by the First Order and sends BB-8 away.

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A wing mounted shot on an X-Wing. It seems J.J. Abrams is taking so pages from Battlestar Galactica‘s shot composition playbook.

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Rey in a hurry to pick up her staff out of the leg of a downed AT-AT.

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Chewbacca looks like he’s setting off a detonator on a mercenary ship. We have a feeling he’s going to be owning some face in this film.

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Our last new shot: Kylo Ren threatening Rey with his lightsaber. He’s really getting close and personal here. He clearly wants to know something. Check out Rey’s face: she’s pretty damn nervous. We definitely think this happens around the same time as this shot where she’s firing a blaster:

That’s it for the new shots! Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!

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