The cultural impact of Star Wars

The new Star Wars movie is opening in Tokyo today. In some cities, people waited in line for days (and some for weeks) for tickets. But this is not a new phenomenon. And this explains why people do it.

I saw on the news this morning that some theaters are showing it in 4D, with seats that move and steam/smoke coming out of the back of the seat in front of you. Sounds like fun.

And when J.J. Abrams (the director of the latest movie) was in Tokyo recently, he said that one of the planets in the movie (called Takodana) is named after Takadanobaba, because he stayed there once and really liked it.

Here’s a fun video that shows the incredible, far-reaching influence of the Star Wars movies on other movies, and the movies that influenced the makers of the six — now seven — movies in the series:

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