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Photos From Star Trek Tokyo Gala Premiere w/ Giant Enterprise! May 13, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Marketing/Promotion,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

Today Japan was the final stop in the world gala premiere tour for the new movie. JJ Abrams along with stars of the film attended a press conference and premiere in Tokyo, complete with a giant Enterprise. See below for pictures from the events including a giant Enterprise!


Giant Enterprise Attacks Tokyo
The last time JJ Abrams came to Tokyo to premiere a movie it was for his Godzilla-like monster movie Cloverfield. This time he came in peace, with a giant Enterprise. Japanese site has some great pictures.

The Enterprise makes its appearance

(L-R) Bryan Burk, John Cho, Zachary Quinto, JJ Abrams, Chris Pine, Eric Bana, and Karl Urban

Side view of the giant Enterprise

There are more premiere pictures at WCBS880, here are just a couple

Another group shot

On stage at the premiere

Chris Pine with fans in Tokyo

JJ and crew at press conference with collection of Japanese schoolgirls
(we have no idea why)

More photos at and at WCBS880.

UPDATE: More Enterprise photos
More photos of the Enterprise can be found at

Will Star Trek Be Big In Japan?
This is the second Trip JJ and cast members have taken to Tokyo to promote Star Trek. Japan is one of the few countries where Trek didn’t open last week and is one of the bigger international markets. Star Trek films have not been big earners in Japan in the past. The last film, Star Trek Nemesis made only $564,650 in Japan. In contrast, Cloverfield made $11.6M and JJ Abrams first film Mission Impossible III made $44.4M (of course Tom Cruise helped with that).

Star Trek opens in wide release in Japan on May 29th.


1. spock's ear - May 13, 2009

The Japanese do nothing small.

2. shadow - May 13, 2009

LOL @ the school girl photo… wow… just wow…

3. urbandk - May 13, 2009

so they did have a life sized enterprise after all!

4. Flake - May 13, 2009


Bet that turns up in the new ST Experience in Vegas :)

5. John from Cincinnati - May 13, 2009

I want that Enterprise for my back yard.

6. AJ - May 13, 2009

“we have no idea why” LOL!

7. charliebob - May 13, 2009

Can I have the Enterprise please. I’ll look after it. Promise.
Though I might install real warp drive into it…I mean, I live near Linlithgow, so Scotty could help me :P

8. AJ - May 13, 2009

The kids’ stockings represent the Starfleet primary colors. It’s as incomprehensible as when my kids talk Pokemon.

9. martinraybourne - May 13, 2009

Why are there japanese schoolgirls everywhere in Japan…

10. Petey - May 13, 2009

Really reassured to know that Paramount and Abrams care so much for Asian markets. Star Trek opened at #1 over the past weekend here in Singapore and I have no doubt that it will trounce Angels and Demons when the latter opens this week.

11. qurgh - May 13, 2009

The Japanese girls are part of a pop/theater group over there. The Japanese like to see schoolgirls on TV….

12. AdamTrek - May 13, 2009

Looks like the giant Enterprise is a balloon, notice the bulging neck


13. spock's ear - May 13, 2009


Naturally curious. Who made this? Was it made in Japan or shipped there? Is the impetus Japanese or American? Was it made to an accurate studio plan? What is the scale? Whose idea was it to build it? For this event only or for other purposes? Why giant? And where will it end up? (The Experience, mentioned above?) And who did the construction, and are they of “movie ready” modelling materials, or something lesser, that fools the eye, etc? These photos indeed raise so many intriguing questions!

14. D for me. - May 13, 2009

That’s as close to lifesize as we’re gonna get. At least for about 200 years. Really cool.

15. 'Trick - May 13, 2009


I agree–the saucer looks balloon…er…balloony?


16. spock's ear - May 13, 2009

Ah, Adam I think you are correct.
Balloon does come to mind, now that you have pointed it out.
Not “Experience” then, but Macy’s parade in November?

17. SerenityActual - May 13, 2009

Now if I could only get a Godzilla or Gundam that size :)

18. MC1 Doug - May 13, 2009

Domo arigato, Anthony.

19. spock's ear - May 13, 2009

But if a balloon, why the supports from ABOVE?
It seems clearly to be hanging from a ceiling and making use of gravity, not antigravity, in its support….

20. Sci-Fi Bri - May 13, 2009

the “school girls” might be Morning Musume.

21. Saavik001 - May 13, 2009

Star Trek AND Japanese school girls? My favorites! :) YUM

22. OneBuckFilms - May 13, 2009

I like that massive Enterprise. Really cool !!!

23. Chris Pike - May 13, 2009

Good God man!!!!!!!!!!

24. Driver - May 13, 2009

Can’t you just hear 100 Japanese schoolgirls yelling “Sulu, Sulu, Sulu”.

25. Ryan - May 13, 2009

Jeeze those women are horrid.

26. Garibaldi O - May 13, 2009

^ Perhaps because of the odd shape of the ample nacelles, she need some additional support. I have seen parade balloons like that.

I wouldn’t kick it out of my backyard if it was a balloon.

/Dreams of a Bridge set bouncy castle…

27. Bob, The Evil Klingon Frontline Leader - May 13, 2009

24 – And can you imagine their disappointment…

28. Follow the Trekker - May 13, 2009

Just returned from watching Star Trek a second time. And now I love the movie even more! It’s a movie that grows.

At my first watching I didn’t notice that Admiral Pike was wearing Kirk’s uniform from TMP. That was really cool.

29. spock's ear - May 13, 2009

I see now from perusing other photos from WCBS that it is indeed not constructed to exact studio specs. (Thick neck, balooning lower saucer, possibly too ample lighted dome, etc.) Cables from the ceiling in other shots are clearly visible.
A fairly fidelic attempt and a fine publicity stunt nevertheless….

30. Dac - May 13, 2009

12 – You could say the same about Shatner. – BOO YA!

Nah, seriously, i Love the big guy.

31. Dennis Bailey - May 13, 2009

“Thank Heaven, for little girls…”

32. 'Trick - May 13, 2009

All I ask for is a tall ship, and an inexhaustible supply of helium for which to keep her afloat.


33. John Gill - May 13, 2009

I just returned from my fourth viewing, there is a LOT I didn’t catch the first, second and third times, including Majel Barret-Roddenberry’s voice!
I just got one of the Burger King glasses too, it is the Spock glass, elder Spock on it has one Vulcan eyebrow and one human eyebrow, one is not arched or pointed, must be to prove that he is half Human/half Vulcan… NOT.

34. Jay - May 13, 2009

The side view shot, with the scaffolding, reminded me of Spacedock with the Enterprise tucked inside it…

35. 'Trick - May 13, 2009


Maybe his non-canon eyebrow is there to signify that this movie is 1/2 canon and 1/2 non-canon?



36. Keith - May 13, 2009

That is insane, and awesome!

37. Holger - May 13, 2009

Where was that giant model at my premiere?

38. frederick - May 13, 2009

Maybe they’ll give it to to giveway in a contest. I would build a hanger for it next to my house!

39. Planet Pandro - May 13, 2009

#34. I was just about to post that same thought. Beautiful!

40. frederick - May 13, 2009

I just want to know WHY the Japanese, who have never been crazy for Trek, get this awesomeness and we in America DIDN’T?

It’s not fair.

41. Josh - May 13, 2009

Nothing says Star Trek like Japanese lolis lol

42. Torcflaed - May 13, 2009

it’s probably just inflated with regular air not helium that way it can be suspended instead of held down and they can walk under it :)

hey, hang a gondola under it and lets go for a ride :)

43. Merzmensch aka kosmopol - May 13, 2009

I think, the combination of Star Trek and Japanese school girls can be outmatched only by this sighting I did in Japan 2005:

44. Allister gourlay - May 13, 2009

oh just wanted to say the new film was amazing…. and we are counting on you.

45. Aaron - May 13, 2009

The girls are part of a group called “AKB48″ – an all-female Japanese theater/idol group……and this is why I LOVE japan!

46. Jorg Sacul - May 13, 2009

Wow… in comparison to previous smaller Enterprise models at premiers, that one looks like it would be 900 meters long in real life!!

(ok, JUST KIDDING I’m just fanning the flames of the size of the ship issue…)

But yes, I’d love to have that in my backyard, so when Google takes their spy pictures, er, Google Earth pictures, it would show up quite clearly.

47. Will_H - May 13, 2009

Why cant all movie releases have giant Enterprises and especially random Japanese school girls? Seriously, if more of the US openings would of had Japanese school girls we woulda blown Wolverine outa the water.

48. Jeffery Wright - May 13, 2009

cute girls!

its good to be da captain!

49. Mike Ten - May 13, 2009

That is one slick Enterprise balloon, with lights and a illuminated deflector dish.

Paramount is sparing no expense with this movie.

50. artika - May 13, 2009

I want to see that Enterprise in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Alexander Courage’s theme music bumping in the background!

51. Capt Krunch - May 13, 2009

I hope a big E balloon makes it to the Macy’s parade this Thanksgiving!
That would be awesome!!
I can’t believe how much I hated the new ship when it first came out..but I really love it now…the shot of the Enterprise coming out of the particles and above Saturn are beautiful!!!!

52. Brad - May 13, 2009

I want a giant inflatable Enterprise!!!

53. Harry Doddema - May 13, 2009

Ridiculous. Awesome.

54. THX-1138 - May 13, 2009


Me too. And Japanese schoolgirls. 18 and older, please.

55. Valar1 - May 13, 2009

2 things the Japanese love- robots and schoolgirls in uniform, I suppose the ultimate Japanese thrill would be a robot in schoolgirl uniform

56. Quarksbartender - May 13, 2009

That is pretty cool and it looks like its bigger than the Enterprise D at the Star Trek Experience

57. Michael - May 13, 2009

Yea….all those school girls yelling Sulu!!!!!!! And he’s gay! ahahahahahahahhahaha
Well, he could be. Maybe this time round an actual character on screen(and no stunts)will be actually a gay person. And no I don’t mean Will & Grace’s Jack gay.

58. C.S. Lewis - May 13, 2009

31. Dennis Bailey – May 13, 2009

“Thank Heaven, for little girls…”

Yes, Maurice Chevalier did have a thing for little girls, n’est-ce pas? and Communists too, although the two are hardly exclusive. Rather complementary, wouldn’t you say?

C.S. Lewis

59. Nathan - May 13, 2009

A question–

I have not yet seen the movie…but this is something that I’ve been wondering. Are the Enterprise’s nacelle’s orange or blue? Different pieces of promotional artwork have it different ways…

60. frederick - May 13, 2009

#44… surely you can’t be serious!

61. frederick - May 13, 2009

Boy, them’s some short nacelles, there! The actual proportions would have probably been to saggy to support even with a space bra.

62. Aggie Titan - May 13, 2009

Ah the Japanese – producing 87% of the world’s weird crap…

63. TrekMadeMeWonder - May 13, 2009


64. Kev - May 13, 2009

the wtf scale is of the charts captain!

65. Agent69 - May 13, 2009

Tom Cruise is HUGE in Japan.

66. JessIAm - May 13, 2009

Is that JJ Prise inflatable?

67. Wordsmith - May 13, 2009

“JJ and crew at press conference with collection of Japanese schoolgirls
(we have no idea why)”

XD I hope THIS movie works better than Indiana Jones (which they promoted, too)

I LOVE how Nyan dwarfes the other girls <3

PS: The movie is a must watch (even without the girls XD)

68. Brett Campbell - May 13, 2009

Where’s Zoe? :(

She was my favorite part of the movie! }:D

69. SciFiGeek - May 13, 2009

I hav eseen this movie 10 times already!!!!!! What can I say, I simply LOVE THIS FILM!!!! A big thank you to JJ, Bob, Alex and the cast. You guys did an amazing job. Paramount, please green light the sequel already!!!!!

70. D.J. - May 13, 2009

Dying to know what the giant Enterprise is made of! I also wonder if it looks as good in person as it does in the pics.

I also wonder what is it’s fate. Is it going on permanent exhibtion somewhere? Sure would look good in the Smithonian!

71. screaming satellite - May 13, 2009

theyd have been laughing had Cruise had a cameo as another captain or in the Tyler Perry role etc….they couldve promoted it as starring him in Japan and on posters etc….hello $50m from Japan!!

72. Donald G - May 13, 2009

Of course, in Japan, I believe Sulu is known as Kato, since Sulu is not a Japanese name.

Funnily enough, when I was watching the movie on opening night, within moments of the Kelvin encountering the Narada, I thought, “This looks like a live-action version of an anime adaptation of STAR TREK.”

73. screaming satellite - May 13, 2009

maybe thrown in a few Japanese school girls in the movie as well for good measure….

74. Chris Rod - May 13, 2009

i want that enterprise!
MY GOD ITS SO EPIC!!!!!!!!!!

AND thos japanese girlies.. MmM! I think i know what they’re all thinking ..

“i think i love you! ”
jim-“Really? that’s weird”

75. Donald G - May 13, 2009

Re: 55. Valar1: ” 2 things the Japanese love- robots and schoolgirls in uniform, I suppose the ultimate Japanese thrill would be a robot in schoolgirl uniform”

I believe they’re working on that. :-)

76. AdamTrek - May 13, 2009

70. D.J. – May 13, 2009
Dying to know what the giant Enterprise is made of! I also wonder if it looks as good in person as it does in the pics.

I also wonder what is it’s fate. Is it going on permanent exhibtion somewhere? Sure would look good in the Smithonian!

Again, my guess is that it’s a balloon, probably made from some type of thick gauge vinyl that was screenprinted to have the aztec patterns etc, but was heavy enough to suppport minor electrical work for working lights in the appropriate places. It’s suspended by the ceiling with cables to retain the proper proportions of the Big E.


77. The Governator - May 13, 2009

OK. I am bad. I’ve seen the movie twice, but the second time wasn’t at theaters. ;-)

After the first viewing, my initial reaction was that this is second only to Kahn. After the second viewing, I think (and I know its heresy to say) that maybe Kahn has been outdone? Its very debatable, and certainly Kahn has its better elements, but this Trek scores in so many areas. Is it possible? For now, I call it a draw.

78. The Last Maquis - May 13, 2009

#11. qurgh The Japanese like to see schoolgirls in EVERYTHING!!

#1. Not from what I hear.

79. The Governator - May 13, 2009

And no, I did not do anything illegal in case you are wondering.

80. Illogical - May 13, 2009

Saw it again last night at Imax, this makes the 5th time….two times at Imax, and three times on the DLP screen here in Ft. Lauderdale! Like it more each time!
By the way, all weekend showings at the Ft. Lauderdale Imax were sold out, as well as the 9PM showing last night, which is not bad for a Tuesday.

81. Ryan - May 13, 2009

Another day another $6.5 mil for Star Trek ;)

82. Duncan MacLeod - May 13, 2009

81. Ryan

Indeed! and someone mentioned in a previous article that they hoped trek would do 5 – 6 million during the week and have a good second weekend. We are at 14 million just on monday and tuesday (and a lot of people wait till the weekend for movies) i predict a great second weekend.

83. Josh - May 13, 2009

81 – just saw that. I posted the estimate earlier, so the actuals beat it by about $50,000. yay. Should break $100 million on Thursday, probably ahead of where Wolverine was on the same day.

84. Josh - May 13, 2009

82 – well, I had posted that I hoped it would do $5 – $6 million each day during the week ($20 – $30 million for the week) but even then it’s doing better than I had expected.

85. Josh - May 13, 2009

err…I loathe the triple post, but I meant $20 – $24 million for the week

86. Colonel West - May 13, 2009


and stop calling me Shirley…. :D

Japanese schoolgirls and a giant inflatable Enterprise, could there possibly be a better combination?!

I say we stick an engine on it and hook that sucker up to a remote control and fly it! Think of the publicity!

(the inflatable Enterprise that is, not the Japanese schoolgirls, that would be a whole bag of wrong…)

87. The Beezer - May 13, 2009

Only on a star trek website are more people interested in the gigantic (and awfully misproportioned) Enterprise as opposed to whats really important in life…

… japanese school girls.

88. T´pring - May 13, 2009

oH MY GOD!! I´d give my life to see an Enterprise like that!!!!! Amazing!!!!!!

89. nimoydog - May 13, 2009

Star Trek: Bukkake (the sequel awaits!!!)

90. The Beezer - May 13, 2009


I have to completely disagree with you. While NuTrek has been an excellent rebirth of the franchise, it pales in comparassion to the acting brilliance and writing genius that was Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

NuTrek was a an action packed thrill ride with impressive special effects… but Khan embodied the essence of Gene Roddenberry.

“I have been, and always shall be yours.” You really think NuTrek outdoes that?

91. Bill Peters - May 13, 2009

Going to the Movie again on Friday! can we get some video from this event later on? Also where can I get that ship it Rocks!

92. Colonel West - May 13, 2009


i’d pay to watch it…. ;) :P :D

93. Phil Smith - May 13, 2009

Japan is both a lovely and strange place. More the latter.

94. AJ - May 13, 2009

I still find the numbers troubling.

The decline into the new week was slightly less than Wolverine, but Wolverine still shows that a strong franchise and a bad film is better than a weak franchise and a good film.

The $150m production budget, and the supposedly equal marketing budget still lead to a mystery as to how Paramount will determine whether or not this film is a success. Internal accounting can always turn a goose-egg into a golden one if that’s what shareholders need to see.

The film P&L expands to a franchise P&L with three films guaranteed over 5 years, and some of it can be cross-charged back to CBS for the new DVD releases and a new series, which is inevitable.

I’d love to see the real numbers!

95. Duncan MacLeod - May 13, 2009

90. It certainly did not out do it, it equaled that. Each movie had spock say that line. SO THERE!

96. Geoffers - May 13, 2009

-25, Why the need for the ignorant nasty remark… TWAT.

97. The Governator - May 13, 2009

The Beezer

Well, its all in opinion. And while I think WOK did translate into a good Rodenberrian story, I recall that Gene Rodenberry had some major beefs with the film.

They’re both good films in my book, but I agree with you that WOK was a very well-crafted script with one of the best villains in movie history. As much as I liked Nero, he’s no Khan.

In any case, Khan is still at the top of the list for me, even if it may have to spare some breathing room for this new incarnation.

98. Kirk, James T. - May 13, 2009

59 – The Nacelles in the movie are blue and also glow white at points – presumably when the ship is at warp – it’s a beautiful ship really does look the part – now hurry and go see it on the big screen, lets make sure history never forgets the name Star Trek :D

awesome balloon/blimp/small dirigible.

99. Ryan - May 13, 2009

Not that it matters, but #25 is a different Ryan

100. Frank - May 13, 2009

I would tie a lawn chair to that Enterprise.

101. Gary the Gorn. - May 13, 2009

The short nacelles don’t follow canon.

I had to say that.


i been preying everyday that in the future Earth will be united as one when that happens we would need to look back… and build a united federation of planets and create starfleet fo reals hopefully with technological advances we would have star ships that resemble the u.s.s. enterprise…and to boldly go where no man has gone before the final frontier end the racism prejudice that divides the human race right now the jihadist are ignorant their stuck in the stone age mentality they dont envision a united future, even Iran if they encounter a alien species they would just behead it, small minded it sickens me

103. Christine - May 13, 2009

I want that Enterprise. xD It looks REALLY COOL!

104. Sven K. - May 13, 2009

Uh oh … Two of the japanese school girls are wearing red socks…

105. DJT - May 13, 2009

Just the saw the movie again in IMAX.

Two more things caught my attention.

George Kirk saved 800 people in his 12 minutes as Captain. How? There were only so many shuttles that left. How many people could each shuttle carry? Did they launch escape pods as well?

Before the movie came out, there was some fuss about how the pod that Kirk was on at “Delta Vega” was labeled 1701-D. Upon inspection, it looks like they photoshoped it out. You can clearly see where the “D” used to be.

106. Lt. Bailey - May 13, 2009


I think you are right, I tried to compare the ship here to the photos I have the ships from STTE and it looks a lot bigger. The nice thing about your ships is that they were solid and had the lighting inside of them. It was nice to sit in the resturant and look up at the ships…and the NCC1701A hanging out into the Space Quest casino was a treat to see each time we were there gambling before you opened up at 11:00am.

107. Stewie Griffin - May 13, 2009

I’m in Japan, anxiously awaiting the opening of the movie…….

108. CaptainLordBat - May 13, 2009

That’s no baloon……it’s a space station.

109. TK - May 13, 2009

why did they choose Shinjuku to have the premier…. bad choice in my opinion!!!!

110. David_Alexander - May 13, 2009

@ 89. nimoydog – May 13, 2009

“Star Trek: Bukkake (the sequel awaits!!!)”

The future has come…

111. Christine - May 13, 2009

#105 :: I wouldn’t be surprised if they did that on purpose. It could have even been a shoutout to the really observant fans as kind of a funny “haha, look what got put in there” moment.

112. Kelvington - May 13, 2009

“You see, my wife, she has been most vocal on the subject of the full size Enterprise. ‘Where’s the full size Enterprise?’ ‘When are you going to get the full size Enterprise?’ ‘Why aren’t you getting the full size Enterprise now?’ And so on.”

113. Rastaman - May 13, 2009

“The Japanese do nothing small.”

… except the people!!!

There, I said it.

114. TonyD - May 13, 2009

#90 – I enjoy TWOK as much as the next guy, but “writing genius”? I don’t think so. TWOK gives us a movie where the crew of a starship mistake an entire planet for another planet; where Khan recognizes Checkov even though has wasn’t part of the episode that spawned the movie; where it seems matter and anti-matter can be mixed with bare hands; where impulse drive is reduced from approaching the speed of light to a few thousand km per hour; where Scotty brings a mortally wounded crewman to the bridge instead of sickbay; where Kirk allows himself to be caught with his pants down in the face of overwhelming evidence that the Reliant has been compromised; where the crew conveniently forget that they could just beam the Genesis torpedo out into space in a wide dispersion pattern like they did with NOMAD. I could go on but I think I’ve made my point. TWOK is a fun “B” movie, but great writing it isn’t. It’s also a pretty flagrant violation of Roddenberry’s ideals: the title of the original show was “Space Seed” for a reason; it suggested that out of the anarchy and violence Khan’s people brought, there was still hope for a great new society to emerge. Instead, TWOK blows that hope to bits. Where’s Roddenberry’s optiimism and hope in that?

And for the record, the quote is “I have been and always shall be your friend”.

115. Kelvington - May 13, 2009

Finally the full size Enterprise in San Fran for about a minute…

116. Simon - May 13, 2009

What happened to the footage of the giant Enterprise breaking free of it’s restraints and trying to destroy downtown Tokyo???

Enterprise vs Godzilla!

117. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - May 13, 2009

Ok. That Enterprise in Japan is NOT CANON!!!!. Ok Lol. I tell you Japan just likes them Big don’t they.

118. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - May 13, 2009

68. Brett Campbell – May 13, 2009
Where’s Zoe? :(

She was my favorite part of the movie! }:D

Lol. I am not sure Zoe could compete with the school Girls.But would be fun to see. Lol

119. Stewie Griffin - May 13, 2009

89- You’re naughty

112 – Although there are still quite a few Japanese of smaller stature, you’d be surprised how much taller and bigger most of us have gotten in the last 15-20 years.

120. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - May 13, 2009

55. Valar1 – May 13, 2009
2 things the Japanese love- robots and schoolgirls in uniform, I suppose the ultimate Japanese thrill would be a robot in schoolgirl uniform

Actualy. Earlier this year they did have a Robot in a Jap girl School uniform

121. BonesCLCW - May 13, 2009

The third pic down reminds me of the scen in TMP where Kirk and Scotty pass the Enterprise in space dock!

Anyone else see it, or is it just me?

122. sean - May 13, 2009

Looks like some of Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku girls broke free and decided to catch the Star Trek premiere.

123. Andrew F - May 13, 2009

Ahhhh! So that is how they got the Enterprise from the Riverside shipyards in Iowa to space! They pumped her full of helium and floated her up! ;~D
Maybe we will get to see her at the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade next to big blow up Mickey Mouse!!!!

124. Rad - May 13, 2009

Holy moly! That’s AKB48’s Team K with the Star Trek cast! Hallelujah! My fave, Erena Ono, is second from the right!

125. Commodore Kor'Tar - May 13, 2009

Wow, just wow! The Enterprise is awesome! That’s spectacular !

126. Mark - May 13, 2009

that’s one big ship.

127. Kelvington - May 13, 2009

#119 – Stewie Griffin how the frack did you get I was making some crack about the height of the Japanese people from a Simpson’s “Fat Tony” paraphrase? Did you mean #113?

128. Jim Nightshade - May 13, 2009

Hi Quarksbartender,seeing your handle made me smile & think of the Experience! Just saw it today for 2nd time & the movie does get better with multiple viewings! Took Sheri and her friend and they both loved it-Haven’t seen Sheri smile that much watching a movie in a long time! I did my bit for now-Maybe other family members this weekend–The big Enterprise & cute Japanese women? What a perfect mix-I dunno which to love more heheh

129. Anthony Thompson - May 13, 2009

58. C.S. Lewis

Communists and school girls! Truly, “The Best of Both Worlds”!!!

130. Jim Nightshade - May 13, 2009

Ok- after seeing the new movie again–while Khan may be the penultimate original series/crew movie, with some of the best performances, and events like Spocks death etc…this new movie is on a whole different level–the look, effex, directing,breakneck speed,kinetic energy, top notch acting and even more character depth on the parts of spock & kirk, even tho Nero is not a better villain than Khannnnnn, I must conclude in most ways the new movie is just better–

131. Anthony Thompson - May 13, 2009

I have done an exhaustive photo-analysis of this model and have consulted with numerous “Get A Life” treksperts and have come to an unassailable conclusion: The new Enterprise is definitely 900 meters long!

132. John Sullivan - May 13, 2009

They had to “Super-Size” the Enteprrise in honor of the fact that it falls in the heels of Japan’s Fertility Festival. Watachi no Nihongo ga dame desu. Gomen Asai. Nijonjin wa ichiban desu! Still waiting on last week’s Science Friday! My own pictures of the Atlantis launch from the other side of the state are found here:

133. Hawaiowa - May 13, 2009

Lol on some of the humor, thumbs down on the prejudicial stereotyping of the Japanese, and the inflatable Enterprise will obviously be around for a while.

Correction, those aren’t schoolgirls, but girls dressed in maid cosplay outfits looking moe in Shinjuku style (notice the big black boots?). Not Morning Musume as someone suggested, but AKB48 (Akibahara 48) as Rad identified. AKB48 is a theatre/music performing group of 48 girls in several ‘teams’ akin to the kind of pop idol collectives Disney constantly spawns. In the US, we have the Mouseketeers, Menudo and all the DisKids stuff. In Japan, there are hundreds of such idol groups with rotating membership. One of them, SMAP, is headlining a tentpole Hollywood flick coming out next year.

I had to laugh when I saw that Pine and Abrams got the ‘red-shirt’ maids.

I’m surprised that there weren’t more cosplayers around for the premiere.

Again, if there is anyone from Par marketing reading these threads, you guys need to seriously look at developing Japanese market penetration via anime and manga licensing of Trek. If Lollyhood can film manga/anime properties such as Blood, the Last Vampire, Dragonball, Speed Racer, Death Note, etc., and copy/Americanize films as Ringu, Ju-on and Godzilla….then there’s something to be said about having the Japanese industry have a go at Trek. Guarans that it will be novel in approach, a int’l breadwinner, and a welcome addition to the franchise and fans, especially the younger demographics. Do this, and two years from now you won’t have to skip Golden Week when premiering Trek in Japan.

Note: Official sources such as the licensed toykits identify the Enterprise as 1000m in length, roughly 30% larger than the NCC-1701-D. Anthony’s estimate is quite accurate.

Inside Joke: Is Nero the avatar of Fudo? (think May 28th and matsuri)

134. Hawaiowa - May 13, 2009

This is epic!

“Star Trek steered the weekend as a whole to over $149 million, which was the biggest total ever for a second weekend in May and up more than 19 percent over last year. The picture also yielded the most-attended start ever for a movie debuting in that timeframe, topping Twister. Unlike Twister, Star Trek opened in the wake of another big movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which wilted to an X-Men franchise low.

“Included in Star Trek’s total was the biggest-grossing weekend ever in IMAX history. The picture raked in $8.5 million at 138 IMAX venues, surpassing The Dark Knight’s previous benchmark of $6.3 million. According to Paramount’s exit polling, Star Trek’s overall audience composition was 60 percent male and 65 percent over 25 years old.” –(quote from Box Office Mojo site)–

Just for fun:

SW 1977 opening box: $6,806,951 (adjusted to 2008: $23,916,922)
SW III 2005 opening: $108,435.841 (adjusted to 2008: $118,600,682)

Never thought I’d see the day!

Someone really needs to do a response vid to that Death Star blowing up the Enterprise vid. It’s not enough that Trek is blowing up the Star Wars box office numbers… And guess what? No more Star Wars movies, story is done, last three episodes were canceled, Darth Vader is born and died. Meanwhile, Trek has a new universe, has an expanded canon, and two or more movies coming down the pipe! And Leonard Nimoy!

So go ahead and blow up the Enterprise, Star Wars fans. Fail!

135. ken1w - May 13, 2009

Giant Enterprise looks weird.

> Star Trek Nemesis made only $564,650 in Japan.

Wow. That was really pathetic. I’ll bet the new movie makes more than that in about two hours (as in one showing per theater).

136. David B - May 14, 2009

Is it me or does Chris Pine look more like Kirk recently just as himself, more than he does in the actual film?

137. Max R - May 14, 2009

Hey, a question from someone living in Japan: will the movie be dubbed by release? Or just have Japanese subtitles?

I don’t think I could sit through Star Trek in Japanese….

138. I am Kurok! - May 14, 2009

Inflatable E rocks: I want one!

Went to B&N for the novelization: I was a bit disappointed, looking for a bit more insight and background rather than a straghtforward screenplay, like ADF did with the “Star Trek Logs” for the animated series.

139. Stewie - May 14, 2009

127 – Sorry, mistake on my part, quoted the wrong post, apologies.

137 – I’d say 99% of the time theatrical releases are in the original language with subtitles. Occasionally TV broadcasts are dubbed, just caught Batman Begins that way. Although I love that movie and Bale as Batman, the person who dubbed Batman in Japanese actually did a better job with the Batman voice, wasn’t so over the top.

Did someone ask about marketing in Japan? I’ve seen commercials on TV, but nowhere as many as there are in the US. I live in a suburb of Nagoya, so really isn’t many billboards here. I go to Nagoya frequently, but haven’t seen any there either. Tokyo might be another story.

140. Author of The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers - May 14, 2009

That “Enterprise” was supposed to be the grand prize for the ARG, but they couldn’t figure out a way to make it fit on Nimoy’s desk when he announced the winner.

See, Matt, it could have been worse!?

141. Chris M - May 14, 2009

WHOO that model of the Big E is awesome! :)

142. Hawaiowa - May 14, 2009

Thanks for the info, Stewie!

Too bad Kaneto Shiozawa died in 2000, he would have been a great seiyuu for the character of Nero. Anyone who’s familiar with his work (Crest/Banner of the Stars might be one that a few Trek fans may be aware of) will immediately identify him by his unique voice, which is almost monotone and quite chilling at times in some of the anime he voice acts in.

You never know with the Japanese box office. Hime Mononoke was tops in 1997, but Mission Impossible the next year almost doubled the box on Hime Mononoke, which totally shocked me, to be honest.

143. JohnSmallberries - May 14, 2009

That Enterprise model is the same scale they used for the Enterprise D crash scene in “Generations.”

144. Captain Dunsel - May 14, 2009

Karl Urban is the first Trek luminary I’ve seen appear in a suit that looks properly fitted.

145. ALLAN ROSE - May 14, 2009

Its a blow up doll! Complete with life like nacelles!

146. PleasureGirl1990 - May 16, 2009

In Japanese, ‘Star Trek’ translates as ‘Super Big Time Adventure Travel’

147. BuonoisLove - June 25, 2009

Those “schoolgirls” are Team K from the Theatre group(they are also chart toppers in the pop music industry) AKB48. They are amazing. Here is one of their videos.

148. maika - October 5, 2009

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