Sith In Guam
Note: Asia correspondent Mish'al Samman had been sad for
weeks that Episode III wouldn't open in Japan until July.
19th drew closer, I took a couple of days off my schedule
and flew three hours to the beautiful island of Guam to
attend the Episode III opening at the Micronesia Mall in
event started Wednesday evening at the Planet Hollywood
ROTS premiere party at $40 a person with buffet
and drinks, and promising the ultimate Star Wars trivia
for the fans. After that, they all would head over to the
Micronesia mall where 10 screens opened up for the premiere,
and all were packed. A couple of radio stations were there
to talk about the event, most notably Power98, and the Rock,
which you could hear in every store there was in that mall
giving updated every so often to tell people how long the
the lines were obviously long, but not a moment went by
without everyone talking, smiling and waving at friends
in the other queue. It felt like there was something to
talk about with anyone. The military folk behind me were
all cut solid, and all macho looking to the point that one
couldn’t believe they were arguing about if the princess
looked better in the bun, pretzel, leaf tiara, or regular
slave girl hairstyle.
entertaining of all, though, was the too-short-to-be-a-sith-lord
Vader. I heard some in the crowd call the man by name, and
say he was with the station, but one couldn’t quite
place why the costume seemed off. Finally you realize the
helmet was too big for the body suit on the 5'6" or
5'7" man. Greeting and pacing along with the radio
guy, he said hello to all the people in costume, most notably
a young boy in a clone trooper, and a boy in Jar Jar costume
who with good spirits got cheers instead of hisses from
the crowd for good sportsmanship reasons, I guess. Teenagers
lighting up their sabers and playfully dueling, a makeshift
Star Wars toy store and Skebe International Clone trooper
T’s booth accompanied the fans to keep us all busy
to catch a glimpse of how many Japanese people made it to
this screening, but not many had come. There was a group
that did show up wearing their Celebration 3 T’s,
and I asked them where they were from. Some came from Hokkaido,
some from Tokyo, and they didn’t speak much English.
them about their feelings towards the movie, and why weren’t
there as many Japanese people as I expected (like over 100)?
One said she thought that many don’t speak English
too well, so they don’t want to spoil the movie, but
she didn’t care much if she didn’t understand
the movie completely, because it’s Star Wars! Another
said, many Japanese just had Golden Week vacation (National
Holiday in Japan) and most people spent a lot of money on
that, so they can’t travel, especially on a workday.
Some members of the 501st Japan said that both are factors,
but ultimately the Japanese market will wait, and they will
invest in the movie when it arrives July 9th.
arrived, and theater lines started to make their way into
the screens. By 11:45 we were all seated, and the radio
stations did a quick pass through all the theaters to give
away costume prizes and trivia prizes. So for the last Star
Wars movie premiere in the US, it was a blast. I got to
see it before July, and I was a lucky winner of a trivia
quiz, and got a T-shirt satisfying my quest to prove to
myself… I love this franchise!
my next report on the ROTS Charity premiere in Japan, adios.