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 Link

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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  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

    wow! truly inspiring

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    I think this one is better than what you listed (‘The Host’ poster).

    http://www.impawards.com/2007/host_ver3.html

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    Time to watch some new movies. ^__^

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    Always impressive, bur I don’t agree with the “CJ7” one, in my opinion way too eastrern styled. Thanks for the inspiration and mind traveling !!

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    Klaas van Wachteren

    October 30, 2008 5:28 am

    Genius Collection.

    A gallery what have been cool.
    Loading times are not this sexy :-)

    http://www.vinergy.org

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    For God, PLEASE make small posts in RSS. Like PSDTuts

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    Truly inspiring posters. I found a few in there I forgot a long time ago, time to visit the video store soon.

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    wonderful list!
    I am lucky to hv seen most of these movies ;)

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    I really love asian film as it doesn’t follow the predictable paths that western ones seem to and as we can see it generates some awesome artwork …

    Godzilla ftw

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    You had a utterly bad host !
    I can’t load them all ! So many blank !

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    Note to self: rent the film Kamikazee Girls

    Thank you Smashing Magazine!
    http://www.keelingdesign.com

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    Nice collection there. I
    though, “The Host” is actualy brazilian, cuz its in portuguese.

    Link [adwtf.blogspot.com]

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    An RSS Subscriber

    October 30, 2008 6:23 am

    Please please please, make partial rss feeds!

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    Great Posters! , truly inspiring pictures and they take me back too, Great sense of lighting and composition in these.

    Love the old school ones! ..

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    No doubt these are good. What I find sad is how “Asian” has been restricted to only a few countries and south east asian posters have been left out altogether.

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  17. 17

    Cool list. I have seen and even own several of these movies. Sad to see Casshern didn’t make the list.

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    Art Of The Devil (2004)
    Movie from Thailand
    :D

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    Nice posters!

    One I also like but it isn’t on the lis is Casshern. =)

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    Where are the Bollywood posters or does Asia not include India?

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    Akira’s poster was my favorite by far!

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    Some nice,some not so nice. It seems like a few of them are not the asian version, though.
    My personal favorite is the one for Audition.

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    Hey everyone. I’m the guy who wrote this post and wanted to thank everyone who has commented.

    @sun – That is an awesome poster. “The Host” really hit the nail on the head in the poster department didn’t it? :)

    @elpatator – I agree with you that the CJ7 poster is very eastern styled. I included it as I was trying to showcase a broad range of styles.

    @shawn – You must rent Kamikaze Girls – such an awesome movie.

    @hgaines & Mini0n – Casshern was on the short list but didn’t make it to the final post. It was really hard to narrow it down to 50 posters. Great flick, though. At least on a visual level :)

    @Rodrigo – I’m pretty sure “The Host” is not a Brazilian film. Check out the IMDB page :)

    @Shaun – Touché. Bollywood posters are absolutely amazing and not to let the cat out of the bag too early but I was hoping to dedicate an entire post to Bollywood posters alone. Whether or not it’s on Smashing Magazine or my own blog is yet to be seen :) That being said I should have included a few none the less.

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    India produces some 1000-odd films a year, highest in the world. And no Indian film in the entire list?!

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    the good the bad and the weird and the host poster are awfully generic movie posters. I wonder what you saw in those that was so good?

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    I like the idea for the article since southeast asian movie posters do present different design aesthetics (especially regarding typography since the character sets are very different), but the execution seems strange. Many of the posters shown were made by western graphic designers. And it’s a common mistake, but “Enter the Dragon” and “Game of Death” were US productions!

    There’s a ton of good asian movie poster designs so it’s kind of unfortunate that many of them were ignored in favor of the western version. For example, the actual Hong Kong posters and production material for Chungking Express are far superior to the US poster, though it isn’t a bad design at all. Just to make sure that this isn’t a “gripe post,” I do like a lot of the posters chosen whether it was done by a eastern or western designer. The “Enter the Dragon” poster is iconic, though done by a westerner.

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    there seems like a whole lot of violence going on in those posters…

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    Akira is the best!

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    So India is not part of Asia anymore? Didn’t know that!

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    Since when did Asia mean only EAST ASIA??? And more specifically China, Japan and Korea??? Asia is a huge continent and the most prolific movie-making country is in Asia – INDIA!

    There are some amazing posters from Bollywood! And I’m sure other parts of Asia have ana amazing movie posters too.

    Next time you prepare this list, why don’t you just say “50 Stunning Movie Posters from East Asia”? Or the Orient.

    Here are some of my faves:
    http://whatsnew.mastikamantra.com/2007/11/no-smoking-movie-posters.html

    http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/3086/fullvtc20073bag5.jpg

    http://thecia.com.au/reviews/n/images/namesake-poster-1.jpg

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    But are you missing something here? Is asia here refer to china, hong kong and japan only?

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    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

    Interesting list.

    Unfortunately a significant number of the posters you are listing are not “Asian” — they are the domestic U.S. poster art — created by (gasp) U.S. distributors — for Asian films. In some cases, they aren’t even Asian films, such as the U.S. produced film Enter the Dragon.

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    surprised that I didn’t see “All About Lily Chou-Chou” (or anything Shunji Iwai), or more Wong Kar-Wai movie posters

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    SUGOI!!!
    Those are the most beautiful oriental content that I’ve seen.
    Clap, clap, clap for you Smashing!

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    this is jus gr8!! nice collection!

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    Bin Jip it’s the beautiful movie. Natacha Atlas – Gafsa it’s the beautiful song =)

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  37. 37

    well smashing mag,u really did it this time.i just luv this post

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    Smashing, you can have my first born.

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    wow. Another good site I found is http://infosense.us

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    Wong Kar Wai is missing out, and concerning the typography a lot of these posters leaves a lot to be desired. Do not, I repeat, do not draw inspiration from some of these movies’ posters’ typography, as they look like the author just had a field day using outer glow and stroke and called it a day.

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    Why would you create a list of only asian movie posters?
    Seriously “stunning” exaggerates both the beauty and creativity of those posters.
    I agree some them are good…but most of them are average…
    I also disagree with most of the others… there are only a very few “inspirational” ones in this collection… some of them are vintage but thats it.

    Without offense, I am slightly disappointed!

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    Great list man. I really like the lady vengeance poster, among others

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    Those who are complaining about the fact that some of the posters were done by U.S. distribution companies: the post states that these are “asian movie” posters, not posters made by asians for their own movies. Of course, this post assumes that these posters draw directly from the culture itself for influence.

    However, I do have to agree that some of these posters are not at all inspirational nor have any “Asian culture influence” (whatever that means). Last of all, you should have really included Bollywood posters because India IS part of Asia. Perhaps a better title would have been, “50 Eastern Asian Movie Posters.”

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  45. 45

    a pretty decent list. a better title would’ve been “50 Oriental Movie Posters”. please do look into other asian countries (eg. Philippines, India)….

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  46. 46

    Stunning, smashing, wuppi-yeah. We are the best best best magazine in the world world world.
    Leave these stupid phrases and concentrate on your content. All the rest makes your articles look dumb…

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  47. 47

    Nice collection! I am sucker for movie posters. I’ve seen some of the movies in this collections, some are very good movies.

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  48. 48

    很精彩 很漂亮

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    no indonesian nor malaysian?

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    Awesome! Love the dirty grunge designs! :D

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