George Lucas loved Japanese author Akira Kurosawa. And while Lucas would go on to directly aid the career of the master, producing the 1990 prismatic film, Dreams, his tributes began much earlier. Truly, there would be no Star Wars without Kurosawa’s 1958 drama The hidden fortress.
So it’s fitting that the Star Wars franchise offers a wave of Japanese creators the chance to travel the galaxy far, far on their own in terms of the next anthology series, Visions. Lucasfilm gave fans a first look at the series, slated for release this fall, at Anime Expo 2021 on Saturday. The studios involved include Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Science Saru and Production IG.
“Each of these studios that we approached, we found die-hard Star Wars fans,” Lucasfilm executive producer Jacqui Lopez said in the sizzle reel. “They all had a story they wanted to tell. ”
Here is the full breakdown of the short films previewed in the series:
Kamikaze Douga – The dual
Geno Studio (Twin Engine) – Lop and Ochi
Studio Colorido (Twin Engine) – Tatooine Rhapsodie
Trigger – Twins
Trigger – Oldest boy
Kinema Citrus – The village bride
Sciences Saru – He accepted
Sciences Saru – T0-B1
IG de production – The Ninth Jedi
“It’s basically the story of twins from the dark side,” Trigger’s Hiroyuki Imaishi said of his album. Taku Kimura describes his short film “Tatooine Rhapsody” as a “rock opera style film”.
Check out the first images and artistic productions of the series in the video above. Star Wars : Visions premieres September 22 on Disney Plus.