The premiere of a new episode of "Star Wars", held last week, caused considerable excitement among ordinary lovers of good cinema, and among real fans of the famous space saga. Reuters photographers recently went looking for the most dedicated Star Wars fans in Japan, England, and the United States to remove their precious collections, tattoos, and costumes, as well as their stories.
James Burns, 44, poses with part of his collection in London on December 2, 2015. "I met so many wonderful people all over the world. It's a very cool community of like-minded people with a common interest - Star Wars. It's nothing like that."mks_separator style = "double" height = "2"
Chris Pellitteri, 45 years old (left, in the costume of Sturmovik), with wife Kristina, 36 years old (right, in the costume of the Royal Guard), son Jay, 8 years old (Sturmovik), and daughter Lily, 6 years old (Ewok), posing for a photo at home in Cucamong Ranch, California, December 10, 2015. Chris first watched "Star Wars" in 1977 at an automobile cinema, when he was 7 years old. "Friends and other family members think that dressing in all these costumes is a little abnormal, but since they know that everything we do is mostly for charity ... they generally approve."mks_separator style = "double" height = "2"
Postal worker Dave Oldbury, 47, shows off some of his Star Wars tattoos in Southampton, UK, November 25, 2015. "This is the story of my whole life, seriously. I traveled the world, met people who can hardly be called normal. What unites us is that we all love these films."mks_separator style = "double" height = "2"
A man with the nickname Ikemasa, 37 years old, who refused to give his real name, poses in the costume of Darth Vader against the background of his collection at home in Tokyo on December 4, 2015. Ikemasa says that when his two-year-old son sees Darth Vader on TV, he always shouts, “Dad!”mks_separator style = "double" height = "2"
Trucker Richard Mitchell, 46, in his bedroom, where his collection is partially kept, in Buckinghamshire, England, November 29, 2015. Mitchell once paid more than $ 1,100 for a Princess Leia figure. He calls Star Wars a way of life.mks_separator style = "double" height = "2"
Carpenter and builder Matt Warner, 42, shows off his tattoos in London on November 29, 2015. "Star Wars is like my favorite rock band, my favorite car, my favorite part of my life. When I need them, they are always there. It's a way of life, I suppose." Star Wars heroes make up 90% of his tattoos.mks_separator style = "double" height = "2"
Yusuke Yamana, 41 years old (right), and his wife Anna, 33 years old, from Minnesota, USA, posing as sand people in front of a collection in their home in Yokohama, southern Tokyo, on November 23, 2015. Yusuke and Anna met at a meeting of Star Wars fans in Japan in 2011 and got married in 2015.mks_separator style = "double" height = "2"
A man with the nickname Tsukikage, 42, who wishes to remain anonymous, poses with a lightsaber against the backdrop of his collection at home in Kawasaki, southern Tokyo, on November 29, 2015. Tsukikage mainly collects items related to his favorite character, Yoda.mks_separator style = "double" height = "2"
Simon Wilkie poses with a mask from his C-3PO droid costume in Norwich, England on November 24, 2015. Dressing up in this Star Wars character, Wilkie has already raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity.mks_separator style = "double" height = "2"
Matt Booker, 38, is photographed with part of his collection at home in Corsham, Wiltshire, November 24, 2015. Matt says his collection has over 8,000 items related to his favorite character, Bob Fett.mks_separator style = "double" height = "2"
Businessman Testuyuki Nakagawa, 50 years old, poses in a suit of Darth Vader against the backdrop of his impressive collection at his home in Tokyo, November 24, 2015. Nakagawa says his wife strongly does not understand why he buys so many lightsabers.mks_separator style = "double" height = "2"
Graphic designer Julian Peacock, 44, poses with her life-size attack aircraft in the window of his house in southern London on December 1, 2015. Peacock says that Star Wars is an opportunity for him to escape in the innocent times of his childhood, to be in a happier place. "My bride does not mind. She is quite happy that I have my own little crazy world of collectible toys."