50 Stunning Asian Movie Posters

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It’s fascinating what information can be learned about a movie simply from taking a glance at the movie poster. Skipping past the obvious such as the title and cast, what is really interesting is determining a film’s tone and atmosphere from its poster alone. Is it violent? Funny? Scary? Quite often the poster alone may answer these questions for you.

Not surprisingly, this is not a trait solely unique to North American cinema. While some presentational factors differ from culture to culture, usually the essence of a movie is plainly communicated through its poster no matter what – or where.

Observing design from another culture’s perspective can be a great source of inspiration. Sometimes it takes a completely unique frame of reference to get those creative juices flowing. It is in this spirit that Smashing Magazine has collected 50 impressive Asian movie posters for your illumination and inspiration. We hope you enjoy them.

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50 Stunning Asian Movie Posters

Lady Vengence (2005)953

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Tale Of Two Sisters (2003)5

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Spirited Away (2001)7

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Akira (1988)9

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The Host (2006)3511

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Lust, Caution (2007)13

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The Good, The Bad And The Weird (2008)15

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Game Of Death (1978)17

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Art Of The Devil (2004)19

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Godzilla vs Megalon (1973)21

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Riding Alone For Thousands Of Miles (2005)23

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Muoi (2007)25

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Goliathon (1977)27

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Audition (1999)29

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Exit The Dragon, Enter The Tiger (1976)31

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Love And Honour (2006)33

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The Host (2006)3511

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Inframan (1975)37

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Exodus (2007)39

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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)41

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Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (2002)43

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The Sun Also Rises (2007)45

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The Mysterians (1957)47

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Chungking Express (1994)49

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Seven Samurai (1954)51

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Trivial Matters (2007)53

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Whispering Corridors 4 (2005)55

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Atragon II (1969)57

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CJ7 (2008)59

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Enter The Dragon (1973)61

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Blind Mountain (2007)63

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Deadly China Doll (1972)65

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Neighbor No. 13 (2005)67

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Legend Of Dinosaurs And Monster Birds (1977)69

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Steamboy (2004)71

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The Banquet (2006)73

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Kwaidan (1964)75

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Kamikazee Girls (2004)77

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Super Man Chu (1973)79

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3-Iron (2004)81

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The Street Fighter (1974)83

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Ju-on: The Grudge (2003)85

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The Chinese Connection (1972)87

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Destroy All Monsters (1968)89

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Forgive And Forget (2008)91

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Gojira (1954)93

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Lady Vengence (2005)953

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Dreams (1990)97

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Shogun Assassin (1980)99

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Oldboy (2003)101

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/12/50-beautiful-movie-posters/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/28/60-inspiring-concert-posters-from-10-amazing-artists/
  3. 3 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451094/
  4. 4 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451094/
  5. 5 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365376/
  6. 6 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365376/
  7. 7 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245429/
  8. 8 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245429/
  9. 9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094625/
  10. 10 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094625/
  11. 11 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468492/
  12. 12 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468492/
  13. 13 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808357/
  14. 14 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808357/
  15. 15 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0901487/
  16. 16 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0901487/
  17. 17 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077594/
  18. 18 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077594/
  19. 19 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0444759/
  20. 20 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0444759/
  21. 21 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070122/
  22. 22 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070122/
  23. 23 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437447/
  24. 24 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437447/
  25. 25 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0937231/
  26. 26 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0937231/
  27. 27 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076164/
  28. 28 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076164/
  29. 29 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0235198/
  30. 30 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0235198/
  31. 31 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074506/
  32. 32 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074506/
  33. 33 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0483578/
  34. 34 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0483578/
  35. 35 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468492/
  36. 36 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468492/
  37. 37 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073168/
  38. 38 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073168/
  39. 39 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1091616/
  40. 40 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1091616/
  41. 41 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096283/
  42. 42 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096283/
  43. 43 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0310775/
  44. 44 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0310775/
  45. 45 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0769507/
  46. 46 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0769507/
  47. 47 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050251/
  48. 48 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050251/
  49. 49 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109424/
  50. 50 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109424/
  51. 51 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047478/
  52. 52 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047478/
  53. 53 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1149603/
  54. 54 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1149603/
  55. 55 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470967/
  56. 56 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470967/
  57. 57 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064470/
  58. 58 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064470/
  59. 59 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0940709/
  60. 60 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0940709/
  61. 61 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070034/
  62. 62 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070034/
  63. 63 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1020972/
  64. 64 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1020972/
  65. 65 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165315/
  66. 66 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165315/
  67. 67 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443205/
  68. 68 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443205/
  69. 69 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085830/
  70. 70 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085830/
  71. 71 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0348121/
  72. 72 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0348121/
  73. 73 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465676/
  74. 74 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465676/
  75. 75 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058279/
  76. 76 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058279/
  77. 77 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416220/
  78. 78 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416220/
  79. 79 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0201209/
  80. 80 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0201209/
  81. 81 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423866/
  82. 82 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423866/
  83. 83 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073756/
  84. 84 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073756/
  85. 85 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364385/
  86. 86 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364385/
  87. 87 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068767/
  88. 88 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068767/
  89. 89 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063172/
  90. 90 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063172/
  91. 91 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1268793/
  92. 92 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1268793/
  93. 93 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047034/
  94. 94 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047034/
  95. 95 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451094/
  96. 96 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451094/
  97. 97 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100998/
  98. 98 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100998/
  99. 99 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081506/
  100. 100 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081506/
  101. 101 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364569/
  102. 102 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364569/
  103. 103 http://www.impawards.com/
  104. 104 http://www.imdb.com/
  105. 105 http://picasaweb.google.com/weirdposters/
  106. 106 http://www.monkeypeaches.com/
  107. 107 http://www.dianying.com/en/posters/
  108. 108 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/12/50-beautiful-movie-posters/
  109. 109 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/28/60-inspiring-concert-posters-from-10-amazing-artists/

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  1. 1

    amazing collection to start my day with

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  2. 52

    A completely misleading title. Asian cinemas are not just Bruce Lee and Wong Kar Wai and Kurosawa or Miyazaki. Try googling India, Thailand, Phillipines and Malaysia’s movie posters. And seriously, Japanese horror movie posters style are dime a dozen in Asia.

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  3. 103

    Indian movie posters. Bollywood movie posters are missing…there are few “legends of legend” in Indian movies

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  4. 154

    I feel the next post should be titled “50 stunning Indian movie posters”. You will find many inspiring ones from India. Sad that Indian posters were ignored in this post. :(

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  5. 205

    Slightly disapponted not to find any Indian posters.
    Nevertheless, its an impressive collection. Thanks.

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  6. 256

    wow great collection!!!

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  7. 307

    great, thanks !

    Love the old school monsters one :)

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  8. 358

    i thought that you would add Ichi the Killer on the collection, that movie really has some high contrast, anyway, great collection! Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is a beautiful movie on all aspects

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  9. 409

    I think your definition of Asian only includes Chinese and Japanese and others like that. I bet there are many Indian movie posters better than those listed above. You should have better considered the country with the largest film industry. Have a look at some of them in case you are ignorant about them…
    http://www.impawards.com/intl/india/2006/rang_de_basanti.html
    http://www.zorsebol.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/lagaan.jpg
    http://www.freewebs.com/deepakmittal/swades.jpg

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  10. 460

    You guys forgot Shaolin soccer, Inferno Affair, The mission, exiled and election to new a few. What about Hero?

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  11. 511

    I have been a great fan of smashing, but I am dissapointed this time. Take a look at this too..
    http://mashedmusings.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jodha-akbar-wallpaper-14657-5641.jpg

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  12. 562

    mlopez graphicfusion tucson

    October 31, 2008 10:15 am

    Awesome list of images. Thanks for compiling these onto one page!

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  13. 613

    great roundup! There are some classics in here

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  14. 664

    Maybe the title could be “50 Stunning Japanese and Chinese Movie Posters”
    Don’t forget Korean, Indian and Iran Movies.

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  15. 715

    This is just half of Asia. Who ever wrote this post forget about the Rest of Asia. Asian Games is for Asian countries. That doesn’t mean countries like China, Japan and Korea is the only participants.

    Hey dude Check the map of asia to see how many countries and which country produces the highest number of films in the world.

    This is a total crapy list. If you are on Digg, Bury this story.

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  16. 766

    good job so many old film with asian

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  17. 817

    甚好,甚强大

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  19. 919

    I have seen some of the movie. Done nicely.

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    dev(Www.iHaCK.ASIA)

    November 1, 2008 5:06 pm

    All anime asian movie poster is the best

    http://Www.iHaCK.ASIA

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  21. 1021

    I love the art and most of all, I love the films themselves – if you guys haven’t had a chance to see any of it, check it out! Start with “Oldboy” :)

    The art and culture within the films might inspire you further.

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  22. 1072

    I was in Tokyo on business when A Tale of Two Sisters was in the theaters. There were two versions to the poster: the one you showed and a non-bloody version. Both versions literally stopped me in the street each time I saw them, they were just absolutely stunning.

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  23. 1123

    great list. i’d like to add Sukiyaki Western Django to the list, as well: http://www.movieposteraddict.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/mpasukiyakiwesterndjangoposterb.jpg

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  25. 1225

    cool…

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  26. 1276

    What I hate infinite times more than a rushed list of movies for perspiration are spammers who use blog comment forms to advertise for their bullshit sites like toure did two posts above.

    Please do a 50 ways to torture and kill spammers-list sometime under “inspiration”. >:3

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  27. 1327

    It’s just a coincidence or it’s because all the Park Chan-wook’s trilogy movies are really stunning…
    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, & Lady Vengeance

    All I know is all the 3 movies are good to watch, plus 3 Iron from Kim Ki-duk too

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  28. 1378

    @thelapan: You should seriously check out I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK, a so-called dark comedy Chan-wook Park created after the “Vengance-trilogy”. It was his way of lightening up the mood, somewhat.

    Also, I think it was funny that both Sympathy for Lady Vengance (UK title) and Lady Vengance (US title) are the same film, but both posters made it into this post. Great choice!

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  29. 1429

    i actually don’t find a lot of the posters impressive..

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  30. 1480

    Cool posters, but there isn’t anything unique about the style of these because they’re Asian.

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  31. 1531

    For me The lists are not asian movie film posters. They are japan and china movie posters. Remember, Asian is not just japan and china. The writer should more deeply and serious make an observation…

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  32. 1582

    A decent list… ;p
    But you failed to mention the poster and other promo shots I know of (and I’m talking those released for home country, not the crappified US ones) for flic– Nowhere to Hide (2000) [kr]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Nowhere_to_Hide.jpg

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  33. 1633

    Tale of two sisters is my favorite.

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  34. 1684

    Oustaanding !! Unparallel.

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  35. 1735

    Good Posters..

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  36. 1786

    For crying out loud, people, it’s one man’s opinion! Andrew didn’t claim these were the “50 Greatest Movie Posters in all of Asia EVER”, he just said these were 50 posters advertising Asian films that appealed to him.

    All this talk about burying stories on digg, sheesh. Yes, we’re aware that India makes movies, and that Asian cinema is not just restricted to Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and China. We don’t need to be told 20 times! If you are unhappy with how the posters of a particular country have been portrayed or ommited, why not make your own list?

    /rant over.

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  37. 1837

    really nice, shame most of these are japanese, korean or chinese posters.

    i like the poster for Twilight Samurai, though its not on the list

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  38. 1888

    I’m surprised the poster for The Wig isn’t on here. It’s what compelled me to see the movie. Granted, it was a terrible movie, but the movie poster is still awesome.

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  39. 1939

    i like tnem…i am chinese..
    so many greate movies

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  40. 1990

    How come Mother India or Lagaan is left out. Ridiculous.. :(

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  41. 2041

    Really great post.

    Shimotsuma Monogatari (or Kamikaze Girls) is a great movie!

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  42. 2092

    learn english

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  43. 2143

    very nice~ i like it~ thanks for ur collection~

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  44. 2194

    Where’s Ringu ;)?

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  45. 2245

    some films are so old

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  46. 2296

    Actually, some of them on the list are Korean Movie Posters such as ,.

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  47. 2347

    well Dunno about Asian Poster Art, But i’ve seen some of my favorite asian Movies here! i dont care about the design, they’re all great work. i was searching on http://www.allposters.com and didnt found many of these!! could someone tell me where to buy Asian movie posters (Korean and Chinese to be more specific) like lady vengeance, 3-iron, TIME, Old Boy and Audition? send your reply to supershaw021@hotmail.com if you can help me.
    thanx for your time anyways.

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  48. 2398

    porche thompson

    March 5, 2009 1:22 pm

    yucky%

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  49. 2449

    porche thompson

    March 5, 2009 1:23 pm

    thats ugly

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  50. 2500

    those are exclusively east asian movies. common, i’ve seen far better posters than those on your lists.

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