Japanese Style - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 21

A Gallery of Japanese Poster Art for American Movies 1942-2012.

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Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca (1942) Directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. 102mins.

IMDB rating 8.7

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)





Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Directed by Nicholas Ray and starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus and Ann Doran. 111mins.

IMDB rating 7.9

The Vikings (1958)
The Vikings (1958)

The Vikings (1958) Directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh, James Donald and Frank Thring. 116mins.

IMDB rating 7.1

Vertigo (1958)
Vertigo (1958)




Vertigo (1958) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes and Tom Helmore. 128mins.

IMDB rating 8.5

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)



The Magnificent Seven (1960) Directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, Horst Buchholz and Eli Wallach. 128mins

IMDB rating 7.8

Cat Ballou (1965)
Cat Ballou (1965)

Cat Ballou (1965) Directed by Elliott Silverstein and starring Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan and Dwayne Hickman. 97mins

IMDB rating 6.8

Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)




Cool Hand Luke (1967) Directed by Stuart Rosenberg and starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, J.D. Cannon and Jo Van Fleet. 126mins.

IMDB rating 8.3

Fathom (1967)
Fathom (1967)

Fathom (1967) Directed by Leslie H. Martinson and starring Raquel Welch, Anthony Franciosa, Ronald Fraser and Richard Briers. 99mins.

IMDB rating 5.7

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)



Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) Directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood, Shirley Maclaine, Manuel Fabregas and Alberto Morin. 116mins.

IMDB rating 6.9

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Bruce Glover, Putter Smith and Jimmy Dean. 120mins.

IMDB rating 6.7

Duel (1971)
Duel (1971)





Duel (1971) Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lucille Benson and Carey Loftin. 74mins (90mins)

IMDB rating 7.7

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) Directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Lew Ayres, Natalie Trundy, Paul Williams and Austin Stoker. 93mins.

IMDB rating 5.2

The Getaway (1972)
The Getaway (1972)





The Getaway (1972) Directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers, Al Lettieri and Slim Pickens. 122mins.

IMDB rating 7.5

Enter the Dragon (1973)
Enter the Dragon (1973)

Enter the Dragon (1973) Directed by Robert Clouse and starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri, Shih Kien, Robert Wall and Angela Mao. 103mins.

IMDB rating 7.6

Freebie and the Bean (1974)
Freebie and the Bean (1974)




Freebie and the Bean (1974) Directed by Richard Rush and starring James Caan, Alan Arkin, Valerie Harper, Alex Rocco, Lorreta Swit and Jack Kruschen. 113mins

IMDB rating 6.4.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)




Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Directed by Michael Cimino and starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis, Catherine Bach and Gary Busey. 115mins.

IMDB rating 7.0

Network (1976)
Network (1976)




Network (1976) Directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty and Beatrice Straight. 121mins

IMDB rating 8.2

The Gauntlet (1977)
The Gauntlet (1977)




The Gauntlet (1977) Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, William Prince and Bill McKinney. 109mins

IMDB rating 6.3

Flash Gordon (1980)
Flash Gordon (1980)

Flash Gordon (1980) Directed by Mike Hodges and starring Sam Jones, Melody Anderson, Topol, Max Von Sydow, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed and Peter Wyngarde. 111mins.

IMDB rating 6.3

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)




Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) Directed by George Miller and starring Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells and Virginia Hey. 95mins.

IMDB rating 7.6

Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner (1982) Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, Joanna Cassidy, Brion James, William Sanderson and Joe Turkel. 117mins.

IMDB rating 8.3

First Blood (1982)
First Blood (1982)




First Blood (1982) Directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, Bill McKinney and David Caruso. 93mins.

IMDB rating 7.6

Scarface (1983)
Scarface (1983)

Scarface (1983) Directed by Brian De Palma and starring Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia and F. Murray Abraham. 170mins.

IMDB rating 8.2

The Karate Kid (1984)
The Karate Kid (1984)




The Karate Kid (1984) Directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Randee Keller, Martin Kove and William Zabka. 126mins

IMDB rating 7.1

Commando (1985)
Commando (1985)

Commando (1985) Directed by Mark L. Lester and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells, James Olson, David Patrick Kelly and Alyssa Milano. 90mins.

IMDB rating 6.4

Top Gun (1986)
Top Gun (1986)




Top Gun (1986) Directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell and Meg Ryan. 110mins

IMDB rating 6.7

Above the Law (1988)
Above the Law (1988)

Above the Law (1988) UK title: Nico. Directed by Andrew Davis and starring Steven Seagal, Sharon Stone, Henry Silva and Pam Grier. 99mins.

IMDB rating 5.6

Moonwalker (1988)
Moonwalker (1988)




Moonwalker (1988) Directed by Jerry Kramer and starring Michael Jackson, Joe Pesci, Sean Lennon, Kellie Parker and Brandon Adams. 93mins.

IMDB rating 5.4

Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard (1988) Directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman, Reginald Veljohnson, Paul Gleason, William Atherton, Hart Bochner and James Shigeta. 131mins

IMDB rating 8.3

Legends of the Fall (1994)
Legends of the Fall (1994)




Legends of the Fall (1994) Directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond and Henry Thomas. 133mins.

IMDB rating 7.3

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction (1994) Directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz and Harvey Keitel. 154mins.

IMDB rating 9.0

Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story (1995)




Toy Story (1995) Directed by John Lasseter and starring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, John Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger and Annie Potts. 81mins.

IMDB rating 8.3

The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix (1999)




The Matrix (1999) Directed by Andy & Lana Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster and Joe Pantoliano. 136mins.

IMDB rating 8.7

3:10 to Yuma (2007)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)




3:10 to Yuma (2007) Directed by James Mangold and starring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Ben Foster and Peter Fonda. 122mins.

IMDB rating 7.8

In Bruges (2008)
In Bruges (2008)




In Bruges (2008) Directed by Martin McDonagh and starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clemence Poesy and Jordan Prentice. 107mins.

IMDB rating 8.0

Inception (2010)
Inception (2010)




Inception (2010) Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine. 148mins.

IMDB rating 8.8

Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) Directed by Brad Bird and starring Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Michael Nyqvist and Josh Holloway. 133mins

IMDB rating 7.4

The Avengers (2012)
The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers (2012) UK title: Avengers Assemble. Directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson. 143mins

IMDB rating 8.7

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Surprised me with this one. thanks


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for commenting Mhatter99, appreciate it.

Japanese posters have a distinctive style that I like. So glad some countries don't just copy the American artwork but go off and do their own thing, I find it fascinating.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Very nice....with the first set of posters it actually took me a few seconds to figure out which movie was being represented. It got much easier the closer we got to 2012 movies. Two Bruce Willis movies...very cool...I am sure that he is pretty huge in Japan explains why is so big in the Pulp Fiction poster.

Steven Seagal looks like an old man in Above the Law...where they trying to make him look like Charles Bronson?

I like the BladeRunner poster....and smiled when I saw the Freebie and the Bean poster....that was a staple movie when I was a kid....I have not seen that movie in years.

Voted up and very interesting....moving towards 300 hubs now....keep up the good work.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for commenting on my Japanese poster hub Bruce. Only 79 poster hubs to go. :)

I was a big fan of Freebie and the Bean in my youth, when I saw the poster I had to use it.

When I saw the Die Hard poster I thought 'ah here's one for Bruce'. :)

Steven Seagal does look odd in that poster, it looks like a caricature of the whispering action guy.

Thanks as always for posting.


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Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

This was really entertaining. In the Above the Law, the rendition of Steven Segal does not flatter him at all. Voted up, awesome.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Efficient Admin, appreciate the kind words. That was Steven Seagals first starring role, 24 years ago, he was a young man in that film. :)


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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Great research Steve; These movie poster hubs are a lot of fun.

Rob


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Glad you like them Rob and thanks for commenting!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

This one was definitely different but nonetheless amazing! You did a great job as always, with a surprising group of eclectic posters. Interesting to see how other cultures or countries, portray what is created here!

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thank you for the kind words Mary, much appreciated. It is fascinating seeing the various styles of poster art from different countries. When you think about it the photo montage poster style makes sense for the Japanese since they make the best cameras and take more snapshots than any other country or race. :)

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