Japanese Poster Appreciation Month – January 2009
Vintage Movie Wallpaper of the Day
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Charles Bronson Day
This concludes the Charles Bronson Day sub-part of the month long celebration of Japanese posters here at CID. Today I featured posters from these of Bronson’s films: Hard Times, Mr. Majestyk and Violent City (aka The Family).
If you haven’t seen Violent City aka The Family aka Citta violenta then this Japanese poster for it may not make a whole lot of sense or particularly resonate with you. I won’t get into too many details here so as not to spoil anything but lets just say a huge Sergio Sollima style set piece of the movie is on display here. I think it takes some balls to do a movie poster that really appeals more to fans that have already seen the film than to be one completely geared towards appealing to a broad range of consumers who haven’t seen it. This is a poster that is completely 100% a love letter for fans of it.
Now for those that have seen the film pay close attention to the four elements of the poster: Bronson, the elevator, Jill Ireland and immediately to her right the bullet ridden glass (which floats abstractly here and might not be immediately noticeable on first glance). I think it’s a thing of beauty the way these four elements are interwoven here and a damn near as perfect as you can get poster. Enjoy, viva the Japanese poster for Violent City!
Side note, the opening car chase might just be the best ever in any Bronson movie.
Fans of Poliziottesco/Poliziotteschi cinema should keep a watch for Mike Malloyâ€™s documentary that fully explores it inside and out called Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films that Ruled the â€™70s (IMDb listing).
::: Previous Charles Bronson Movie Wallpaper (Cinema is Dope)
Japanese Poster Appreciation Month – January 2009 (Archive):
::: January 25 – Howard the Duck (1986)
::: January 25 – Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
::: January 24 – Violent City (1970)
::: January 24 – Mr. Majestyk (1974)
::: January 24 – Hard Times (1975)
::: January 23 – Bullitt (1968)
::: January 23 – The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
::: January 23 – The Great Escape (1963)
::: January 23 – The Magnificent Seven (1960)
::: January 22 – BRAINDEAD (1992)
::: January 22 – Frontiere(s) (2007)
::: January 21 – The Gauntlet (1977)
::: January 21 – Live Like a Cop Die Like a Man (1976)
::: January 20 – Thunder and Lightning (1977)
::: January 19 – Race with the Devil (1975)
::: January 18 – Car Wash (1976)
::: January 17 – The Living Daylights (1987)
::: January 17 – Licence to Kill (1989)
::: January 17 – The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
::: January 16 – Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
::: January 15 – The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)
::: January 14 – The Graduate (1967)
::: January 13 – Excalibur (1981)
::: January 12 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
::: January 11 – Omohide poro poro (1991)
::: January 11 – The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
::: January 10 – Take a Hard Ride (1975)
::: January 9 – Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
::: January 9 – Yatterman (2009)
::: January 8 – Game of Death (1978)
::: January 7 – Crime Busters (1977)
::: January 6 – Sisters (1973)
::: January 5 – Crime Boss (1972)
::: January 4 – White Lightning (1973)
::: January 3 – The Man from Hong Kong (1975)
::: January 2 – Rolling Thunder (1977)
::: January 1 – Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008)
::: January 1 – Army of Darkness (1992)
::: Preview – Cannonball! (1976)
::: Previous Japanese Posters Featured @ Cinema is Dope
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About Japanese Poster Artwork Celebration Month:
To kick off 2009, I can think of no better way of doing so than celebrating Japanese poster artwork. The emphasis will be more of western films through the lens of Japanese poster artwork and of course some of my own personal all-time favorites. At a future date I’ll probably have a month devoted to solely Japanese films and their poster artwork. So be sure to tune in each day during the month of January as I have an incredible amount of incredible Japanese posters that will be on display. Hopefully at the end of this I can convert many of you into life long fans of Japanese posters!
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Starring in these posters will be: Antonio Sabato, Bruce Campbell, Burt Reynolds, Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood, David Carradine, Dustin Hoffman, Ernest Borgnine, Gene Hackman, George Lazenby, Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Jack Nicholson, James Coburn, Jennifer Billings, Jim Brown, Jimmy Wang Yu, John Boorman, Kate Jackson, Lee Marvin, Lee Van Cleef, Michael Caine, Peter Fonda, Richard Pryor, Roddy McDowall, Sergio Leone, Sidney Poitier, Susan Strasberg, Warren Oates, William Devane and many more…
If you’re interested in Japanese cinema, I highly recommend the following Cinema is Dope picks for January 2009. For this months book selection we have Behind the Pink Curtain by Jasper Sharp. For video recommendation this month we have Linda Linda Linda.
Additionally fans of Japanese cinema will want to pick up this amazing Yasujiro Ozu tribute shirt from Mondo Tees!
Official artwork that was used in Japanese poster artwork for the film.
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::: Previous Japanese Posters Featured @ Cinema is Dope
Coming Soon – February 2009 @ Cinema is Dope is Lee Marvin Month!!!