Though the trailers for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire so far have shown plenty of clips from Panem’s brewing revolution, all of them so far have stopped just short of showing anything from the 75th Annual Hunger Games, or “Quarter Quell.” We’ve seen Katniss arrive on the podium in the arena, jump into the water… and that’s where it always cuts off.
It’s actually a great way to go about building up hype for the movie, not least because all of the arena scenes were shot in IMAX and are perhaps best saved for viewing in an IMAX cinema. It also means that once the games begin on the big screen, everything the audiences see will be new footage, which is increasingly rare as so many trailers seem to show the entire plot of their movie from beginning to end.
This unfortunately means that the new Japanese trailer for Catching Fire doesn’t have much in the way of new footage but it’s nonetheless an interesting and exciting cut, featuring a recap of the events of the last movie and putting more focus on the build-up to the Quarter Quell than to the political background, or indeed to the love triangle between Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth).
There is some new footage to be seen, however, in a clip of the tributes training for the Hunger Games, which was released on a viral site called The Capitol. If you want to watch it on the website then you’ll have to hand over your Facebook or Twitter details and give The Capitol permission to post tweets or status updates in your name, but if you’d rather not give a totalitarian government control of your social media accounts then you can watch it in the embed below instead.
Katniss’ major strength combat-wise is her skills with a bow and arrow, as is evidenced by her ability to cleanly take out a number of blocky orange holographic enemies in quick succession, but the training video also shows that she’ll be up against some stiff competition. Also shown are Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) wielding an axe, District 1 tribute Gloss (Alan Ritchson) using the orange block people as target practice for his throwing knives, District 2′s Enobaria (Meta Golding) and Brutus (Bruno Gunn) honing their melee and ranged combat, respectively, and the charming Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) attacking an imaginary opponent with a spear.
All of the new tributes are those who have already emerged victorious from previous Hunger Games, so this movie sequel will show the best of the best duking it out against the backdrop of a society that is starting to rise up.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in regular and IMAX theaters on November 22, 2013.