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"The Village Bride" (Japanese: 村の花嫁)[3] is an animated short film and episode of the web television series Star Wars: Visions. Produced by Kinema Citrus, the short premiered on Disney+ on September 22, 2021.[4]

Plot summary[]

Travelers on a green world[]

The episode opens with a wide landscape shot of a green, forested planet seen from space. In a forest, a helmeted explorer wields a navigational instrument. He is joined by a masked woman known as F, who says that she must be cautious wherever she goes. The helmeted male explorer Valco reassures her that the Galactic Empire's eyes won't reach her here. When she asks if he has finished exploring the planet, he says not yet and that it is too interesting. Valco removes his helmet, revealing a human man with grey hair.

The bride and groom[]

Valco tells F that he found something that he would like to show her, adding that her mask doesn't suit her. The two watch a young man named Asu carrying his bride Haru. She says that she would rather walk but that it is not too bad. He says that they can't have a bride with dirty feet since they are going to a sacred place. Haru wishes that her parents could be here to see this. Asu replies that he has no doubt that they are watching and believes that they are one with the planet now. Haru also mentions that his parents have passed. They passed a wrecked probe droid hanging on one of the tree branches.

Valco leads F into the forest. Meanwhile, Asu carries Haru while navigating a rocky stairwell. He carries Haru through a stream towards a cave. While standing on a wooden platform outside the cave, Haru says that they are the sky, the forest and the river. Asu chants the same mantra before summoning "Magina" (a local term for the Force), calling for her to rise. The two summon a blue bubble which envelops the surrounding area including the masked woman and the explorer.

Haru experiences a flashback of playing with her future groom and her sister Saku as children. The three children create a path in the waterfall pool for the fish by lifting rocks. Meanwhile, F says that those are the planet's memories. The earth begins shaking, consuming a large chunk of the forested landscape. Valco explains that the people of this world have a deep respect for nature and that their rituals allow them to live in harmony with their world. The masked woman asks if this is what he wanted to show her.

Valco replies only because an old friend of theirs had roots on this planet. F recalls her master. Later, Haru and Asu reach a summit as the sun sets. They marvel at the sunset with Haru remarking it has been there since time immemorable. Later, Valco leads the masked woman towards a village. F realizes that this world has been exploited. Valco explains that the Separatists stripped the natives of their resources during the Clone Wars. When F says this was all for war, the explorer replies that war is nothing but loss. This causes the masked woman to experience a flashback of losing her master during Order 66.

The wedding feast[]

F and Valco observe the wedding ceremony

Later at the village, droids serve Asu, Haru and their wedding guests food at a banquet. F and Valco join the wedding feast. The masked woman says this seems wrong but the explorer replies that celebrations are meant to be shared within a large group. He says that if you hold back, you will be cursed. One of the hosts invites the travelers to drink with them and serves them an alcoholic beverage. The masked woman reluctantly accepts the drink.

A villager can be heard grumbling. Another villager says that it sounds too cruel. Valco learns from the server that tomorrow they will take the bride away. From the host, he learns that the departure of the Separatists only made room for a different kind of horror. He explains that raiders reprogrammed leftover Separatist B1-series battle droids and formed an army of their own.

The host says that these raiders and their droids took all the resources that they had. He explains that the raiders wanted to take the village chief as collateral but his granddaughter Haru volunteered to take his place. He warns that they are coming to take her in the morning. He starts to grumble about the potency of the drink but a lady ushers him away. She tries to cheer up the travelers.

Valco responds that he understands that the grief of the village runs deep, talking about the girl facing the prospect of imprisonment to save her grandfather. The female host wishes that their Magina will be connected to each other for all eternity and that they will never be separated. Haru's sister Saku protests that this isn't right, saying that she should not have to carry this burden along since it is wrong. She says that some of them are ready to fight and several youths stand behind her.

Haru replies that they have already discussed this. Saku is determined to fight the raiders and defeat them. Haru urges her to stop. Saku is determined to free their families and the village. Haru says that fighting is useless but Saku responds that the land is on their fight. Haru tells Saku she has already made her decision and urges her sister to understand. Saku asks what kind of wedding is full of mourning before storming off with her friends.

Valco tells F that Saku reminds him of her. The masked woman replies that she knows what he is trying to do. Valco says that it is not as if he cares about her code and asks why he should pretend to.

Night meditations[]

Later that night, the masked woman F meditates in the Force and levitates a stone. Haru asks if she can feel the Magina as well, causing her to drop the stone. F replies that if she can also feel it, she can understand that she has a bad feeling about this. Haru asks if F thinks she is being reckless. The masked woman asks what she thinks would happen if the marauders are thwarted. She fears putting her village at risk by fighting back. If she goes, she reasons that she can protect them all. She hopes not to be alone before walking away with her groom.

F meditates in the Force, causing her to experience a flashback. In a private hut, the groom Asu fingers a knife. When Haru notices, he explains that they are in this together. Haru smiles.

Confronting the raiders[]

F uses the Force to stop Izuma

At dawn, F cuts her padawan braid and removes her mask. The raiders approach the village, causing the villagers to assemble. The raiders' starship lands, deploying several battle droids. The raiders consist of an Abyssin, a Twi'lek, and their leader, Lord Izuma. Izuma asks Haru if she is the village chief's replacement. Haru confirms that she is coming with him in his stead. Izuma says that he likes this planet and that she will serve as collateral to avoid any "unnecessary conflict."

Izuma reveals that his battle droids have captured Saku and her followers. He decides to make an example of Saku and prepares to execute her with his KYD-21 blaster pistol. He shoots at her, but the blaster bolt is held back through the Force. The villagers watch in shock. The formerly masked woman F surfaces and hurls the blaster bolt back at the lead raider, destroying his blaster. Izuma demands to know who she is.

F replies that you cannot change the river's flow by casting a stone. But by living in harmony with nature, you can change together. She adds that the people of this world know this lesson well. She adds that the breath of life becomes wind and will always respond. Removing her hood, she tells Magina to rise and says may the Force be with it.

Izuma orders his battle droids to open fire but Valco shoots at them from a high cliff. The explorer runs out of ammunition but throws his helmet which contains a bomb that destroys the raiders' starship, disabling the battle droids' control signal and causing them to deactivate. The Abyssin and Twi'lek raiders flee but the lead raider takes Haru hostage. He demands to know if the masked woman is a monster. F replies that she is a Jedi before igniting her yellow lightsaber. She charges at the lead raider, defeating him, and causing the remaining raiders to flee.

Farewell[]

Later, the villagers bid farewell to F, who departs in her starfighter. Valco decides to stay behind and live with the villagers. The female Jedi takes her starfighter into hyperspace.

Credits[]

By type 
Cast Crew

Cast

Japanese Voice Cast

  • Asami Seto as F
  • Takaya Kamikawa as Vaan
  • Megumi Han as Haru
  • Yūma Uchida as Asu
  • Mariya Ise as Saku
  • Yoshimitsu Shimoyama as Izuma
  • Kosuke Echigoya as Village Chief
  • Takayuki Nakatsukasa, Yuki Ominami, Yusuke Sasaki, Manami Hanawa, Sayuri Sadaoka as Meevai Village Villagers
  • Ruka Shoji, Mayumi Tsukishima, Yuuki Shin as Saku's Friends
  • Takaaki Torashima, Akihiro Tajima as Izuma's Associates
  • Masaya Fukunishi, Saya Hirose, Joichiro Yoshida as Jedi


English Voice Cast

Crew

  • Inspired by Star Wars created by – George Lucas
  • Director, Technical Director, Storyboard – Hitoshi Haga
  • Written by – Takahito Oonishi, Hitoshi Haga
  • Character Designer, Animation Supervisor – Shioro Tani
  • Score by – Kevin Penkin
  • Mechanic Design – Takeshi Takakura
  • Art Directors – Hiroshi Koto, Izumi Hoki
  • Compositing – Tsunetaka Ema
  • 3D CGI Director – Yuji Koshida
  • Editing – Kazuhiro Nii
  • Sound Director – Haru Yamada
  • Music Producer – Hiromitsu Iijima
  • Produced by – Kinema Citrus Co. (as Kinema Citrus)
  • Planning Producer – Koji Morimoto
  • Executive Producers – James Waugh, Josh Rimes, Jacqui Lopez
  • Co-Executive Producer – Justin Leach
  • Producer – Kanako Shirasaki
  • English Voice Casting by – Lindsay Halper, Stephanie Sheh
  • English Voice Casting Coordinator – Caroline Keller
  • Animators – Akemi Kabata, Mayumi Nakamura, Ayako Sugimura, Rie Saito, Motoki Hayakawa, Chihiro Takahashi, Hiroki Koike, Kota Sera, Akiko Matsuo, Mahiro Suwa, Akane Tsukamoto, Asuka Kozato, Shoko Yasuda, Shinji Ito, Hiroki Takiguchi, Yu Kitaguchi, Mizuki Takahashi, Kaito Shimizu, Shun Okubo, Tomokatsu Nagasaku
  • Mechanic and Prop Animation Supervisors – Takeshi Takakura, Hitoshi Haga
  • Textile Design – Ayano Toyohiro
  • Animation Reference Cooperation – Akari Negishi
  • 2nd Key Animators – Teruaki Gomi, Mizuki Misawa, Misa Suzuki, Kyoko Kon, Yukino Nishio, Magho, Nanako Date, Kasumi Ikeda, Sonoka Maeda, Yuko Yasaki, Souma Yoshida, Ryan White, C-Station, studio Hibari, Studio Mindo, Anitus KOBE, kyushu animation, Lay-duce
    • Gift AnimationAyumi Yamane, Kaisei Ohgishi, Honami Saito, Ayaka Tachi, Masumi Kinoshita, Rina Todoriki, Yuki Maeda, Aimu Nakayama
  • In Between Inspection – Chihiro Maeda
  • In Between Animation:
    • Kinema Citrus Co. (as Kinema Citrus)Misa Watanabe, Kaho Ogi, Ayano Toyohiro, Atsuno Sugahara, Mana Tomohiro, Aoi Higuchi, Takuma Ohiwa
    • Dr MovieJeon Hae-Jin, Jang Chul-Ho, Min Hong-Yi, Park Hyeon-Ju, Yoon Eun-Joo, Lee So-Yeong, Jung Ju-Ri
    • Studio BUSMin Kyung-Ae, Lim Ji-Hee, Park Kyung-Sook, Min Su-In, Shin Sun-Mi, Seo Chea-Young
  • Color Design, Color Checker – Anna Okamatsu
  • Finishing:
    • Kinema Citrus Co. (as Kinema Citrus)Mai Matsumoto, Misao Yamashita, Yuka Watanabe
    • Dr MovieKim Kyoung-Hwa, Lee Jin-Hee, Yoo Young-Hye, Park Se-Na, Kim A-Jin, Kim Min-Lee, Park One-Jung
    • Studio BUSNa Jong-Ah, Lee Ji-Eun, Lee Byeong-Ae, Kim Jung-Hye, Kim Tae-Hye
  • Colorscript, Background Design – Hiroshi Kato, Izumi Hoki
  • Backgrounds by – Totonyan Co., LTD, Kumiko Watanabe, Kuniyuki Suzuki, Takumi Yamanoi, Izumi Hoki, Hiroshi Kato
  • SFX (Texture) – Hiroshi Kato
  • 3D – Studio Pomelo
  • CG Animators – Hayato Nishino, Chikayo Takeda
  • CG Modeller – Kazuma Uchida
  • Compositing by:
    • T2 studioKazumasa Someya, Rumi Ishiguro, Miho Ikeda, Asayo Suzuki
  • Pencil Test – C-Station, Typhoon Graphics
  • Music Production – Irma La Douce
  • Vocals & Lyrics – Emi Evans
  • Sho Performance – Mayumi Miyata
  • Recorded at – Trackdown Studios, The Simon Leadley Scoring Stage
  • Performed by – Sydney Scoring Orchestra
  • Orchestra Producer – Nicole Bradly
  • Score Engineer – Craig Beckett
  • Studio Management – Elaine Beckett
  • Mixed by – John Rodd
  • Sound Production – Soundteam Don Juan
  • Sound Production Coordination – Mako Nakauchi
  • Post Production by – Imagica Entertainment Media Services, Inc.
  • Online Editor – Kakuhiro Nii
  • Color Graders – Masato Sekiguchi, Takefumi Saito
  • Digital Cinema Engineer – Aya Shintani
  • Technical Coordinator – Kyosuke Sakai
  • Studio Coordinators – Akira Ogawa, Yawara Hata
  • Studio Manager – Motoko Suzuki
  • Produced by – Kinema Citrus Co. (as Kinema Citrus)
  • Animation Producer – Muneki Ogasawara
  • Animation Producer Assistant – Saki Iwaoku
  • Production Assistant – Yurika Kawagoe
  • Studio Management – Koji Sone
  • Production Control – Shinnosuke Harada, Yurika Mouri
  • System Management – Takanori Sunaga
  • Creative Department Management – Kensuke Aoshima
  • Production Cooperation – Hitomi Maki, Kim Kwan-Woo, Kim Seock-Jeong, Moon Seong-Ho, Kouichi Denda, Tatsuo Dejima, Yoshiki Ishikawa
  • Post Production Sound Services provided by – Skywalker Sound a Lucasfilm Ltd. Company, Marin County, California
  • Supervising Sound Editors – Matthew Wood, David W. Collins
  • Sound Designer – David W. Collins
  • Sound Editor – Luke Dunn Gielmuda
  • Re-Recording Mixer – Roy Waldspurger
  • Foley Artist – Ronni Brown
  • Foley Mixer – Richard Duarte
  • Creative Executives, Lucasfilm – Matt Martin, Kelsey Sharpe
  • Script Adaptation – Matt Michnovetz
  • English Language Productions – NYAV Post
  • Voice Director – Michael Sinterniklaas
  • Production Coordinator – Stephanie Sheh
  • NYAV Production – Clark Cheng, Chelsey Cohen
  • Theme Music Composed by – David W. Collins
  • Main Title Designed by – Herzog Design Company
  • Production Coordinators – Caroline Keller, Katrina Minett
  • Additional Production Coordination by – Irene Chung
  • Production Assistants – Garrison Allen, Ronjae Jones
  • Post Production Supervisor – Diane Caliva
  • Post Production Manager – Irene Chung
  • Associate Post Production Manager – Julie Kogura
  • Post Production Assistant – Julia McIntosh
  • Imaging Supervisor – Jeroen (J) Schulte
  • Online Mastering Operator – Michael Parkinson
  • Additional Translations by – Creative Sphere, Inc., Peter Mj Kim, Adrian Lozano
  • Lucasfilm Ltd.
  • President – Kathleen Keennedy
  • EVP/General Manager – Lynwen Brennan, CBE
  • VP, Finance – Lori Aultman
  • VP, Post Production – Pippa Anderson
  • VP, AV Creative – Anna Yeager
  • Deputy Chief Counsel – Rhonda Hjort
  • Production Counsel – Naureen Z. Hoque
  • Counsel – Alexic Donoghoe
  • Senior Manager, Legal Affairs – Christopher Holm
  • Clearances – Angela Lupinetti
  • Localization – Michael Kohn
  • SVP, Live Action Development & Production – Michelle Rejwan
  • EVP, Physical Production – Momita Sengupta
  • VP, Publicity & Communications – Lynne Hale
  • VP, Franchise Marketing – Megan Crumpacker
  • VP, Human Resources – Blaire Chaput
  • Supervisor, Int'l Marketing – Barbara Gamlen
  • Supervisor, Franchise Content & Strategy – Steve Blank
  • Supervisor, Film & Franchise Publicity – Chris Argyropoulos
  • Supervisor, Physical Production Technology – Lori Gianino
  • Supervisor, Physical & Post Production – Gary Thompson
  • Supervisor, Communications & Internal Events – Alison Fisker
  • Supervisor, HR Business Partner – Janetta Wood
  • Franchise Story Team – Pablo Hidalgo, Leland Chee, Emily Shkoukani, Shiree Cole, Kate Izquierdo
  • Studio Team – Shahana Alam, Kylie Clark, Erin Feller, Emily Foster, Kaari Gerber, John Hannon, Kristen Hidalgo, Laura Holliday, Jayson Kashiwabara, Nicole Lacoursiere, Gabrielle Levenson, Kristie Ling, Kerri Martin, Jason Schultz, Christian Streaty, Stacey Zimmerman
  • Rights and clearances by – Barbour & Company, Cassandra Barbour

Appearances[]

By type 
Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea

Characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


Bibliography[]

Notes and references[]


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