30 Vintage Movie Posters from Japan


Kiyoshi Awazu, poster for Double Suicide, 1969 (Awazu on 50 Watts)







Medea (1971)







Kurosawa's own artwork for Dodes'ka-den (Clickety Clack), 1970







Kurosawa's own artwork for Dodes'ka-den (Clickety Clack), 1970







"Young Miss" (Ojo san) movie poster, 1930
via Pink Tentacle



The four posters from the sorely missed Pink Tentacle come from the Japanese-language book Modernism on Paper: Japanese Graphic Design of the 1920s-30s.



"May 1" movie poster by Hiromu Hara, 1928-1929
via Pink Tentacle







Tadanori Yokoo's poster for Diary of a Shinjuku Thief, 1969
via Gurafiku







For a Few Dollars More, 1967







A Fistful of Dollars, 1965







Shoot the Piano Player, 1960







Masculin Féminin, 1966
via Zero Focus







The Birds, 1963







Repulsion, 1965







House, 1977
via Gurafiku







Symphonie der Liebe, 1949







Ecstasy, 1930s







Kriemhild’s Revenge, 1925
via Pink Tentacle







In Old Arizona, 1929







Rififi, 1955







Les Enfants Terribles, 1960s







Django







Onibaba, 1964







Pokolenie, 1981







Play it Again, Sam, 1972







Fantastic Voyage, 1966







The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, 1960







The Ghoul, 1933







c.1930s
(images from Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr)



"An intriguing piece of film history. Bound together in this unique volume is a collection of promotional material (mainly, 'Chirashi'), touting American films released in Japan in the early 1930s."



Kuroneko, 1968







Wild Bunch, 1969







Magazine ad for "Seishun Zukai" movie, 1931
via Pink Tentacle



The majority of the scans come from expired auction listings at Heritage Auctions (ha.com). There's a whole blog of them too at JapaneseMoviePosters.


I put some horror movie posters from Japan on my tumblr. (Including one which makes Michael Myers look like a Simpsons character.)


This post first appeared on June 9, 2014 on 50 Watts