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50 Stunning Asian Movie Posters

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. [Content Care Nov/10/2016]

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)964

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Tale Of Two Sisters (2003)6

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Spirited Away (2001)8

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Akira (1988)10

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The Host (2006)3612

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Lust, Caution (2007)14

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The Good, The Bad And The Weird (2008)16

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Game Of Death (1978)18

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Art Of The Devil (2004)20

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Godzilla vs Megalon (1973)22

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Riding Alone For Thousands Of Miles (2005)24

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Muoi (2007)26

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Goliathon (1977)28

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Audition (1999)30

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Exit The Dragon, Enter The Tiger (1976)32

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Love And Honour (2006)34

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The Host (2006)3612

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Inframan (1975)38

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Exodus (2007)40

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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)42

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Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (2002)44

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The Sun Also Rises (2007)46

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The Mysterians (1957)48

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Chungking Express (1994)50

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Seven Samurai (1954)52

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Trivial Matters (2007)54

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Whispering Corridors 4 (2005)56

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Atragon II (1969)58

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CJ7 (2008)60

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Enter The Dragon (1973)62

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Blind Mountain (2007)64

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Deadly China Doll (1972)66

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Neighbor No. 13 (2005)68

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Legend Of Dinosaurs And Monster Birds (1977)70

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Steamboy (2004)72

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The Banquet (2006)74

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Kwaidan (1964)76

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Kamikazee Girls (2004)78

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Super Man Chu (1973)80

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3-Iron (2004)82

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The Street Fighter (1974)84

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Ju-on: The Grudge (2003)86

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The Chinese Connection (1972)88

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Destroy All Monsters (1968)90

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Forgive And Forget (2008)92

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Gojira (1954)94

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Lady Vengence (2005)964

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Dreams (1990)98

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Shogun Assassin (1980)100

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Oldboy (2003)102

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

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Andrew Lindstrom is a freelance web designer, blogger and inspiration junkie. Say hi to him on Twitter or read his ramblings on his design inspiration blog at WellMedicated.com.

  1. 1

    wow! truly inspiring

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    Time to watch some new movies. ^__^

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  3. 3

    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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  4. 4

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

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  5. 5

    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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  6. 6

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

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  7. 7

    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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  8. 8

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

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  9. 9

    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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  11. 11

    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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  12. 12

    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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  13. 13

    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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  14. 14

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

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  15. 15

    Nice posters!

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

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  16. 16

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

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  17. 17

    Akira’s poster was my favorite by far!

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  18. 18

    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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    Andrew Lindstrom

    October 30, 2008 8:21 am

    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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  20. 20

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

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  21. 21

    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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    Chris McDougall

    October 30, 2008 9:00 am

    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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  23. 23

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

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  24. 24

    Akira is the best!

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  25. 25

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

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  26. 26

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

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  27. 27

    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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  28. 28

    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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  29. 29

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

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  30. 30

    this is jus gr8!! nice collection!

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  31. 31

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

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  32. 32

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

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  33. 33

    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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  35. 35

    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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  36. 36

    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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  37. 37

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

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  38. 38

    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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  39. 39

    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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  40. 40

    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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  41. 41

    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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  42. 42

    很精彩 很漂亮

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  43. 43

    no indonesian nor malaysian?

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  44. 44

    Awesome! Love the dirty grunge designs! :D

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  45. 45

    amazing collection to start my day with

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  46. 46

    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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  47. 47

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

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  48. 48

    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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  49. 49

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

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  50. 50

    wow great collection!!!

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  51. 51

    great, thanks !

    Love the old school monsters one :)

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  52. 52

    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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  53. 53

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

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    Morgan Grimshaw

    October 31, 2008 12:56 pm

    great roundup! There are some classics in here

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  55. 55

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

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  56. 56

    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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  57. 57

    good job so many old film with asian

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  58. 58

    甚好,甚强大

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  59. 59

    I have seen some of the movie. Done nicely.

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  60. 60

    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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  61. 61

    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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  62. 62

    cool…

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  63. 63

    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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  64. 64

    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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  65. 65

    @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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  66. 66

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

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  67. 67

    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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  68. 68

    Tale of two sisters is my favorite.

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  69. 69

    Oustaanding !! Unparallel.

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  70. 70

    Good Posters..

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  71. 71

    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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  72. 72

    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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  73. 73

    小肚生鱼汤

    November 17, 2008 3:13 am

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

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  74. 74

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

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  75. 75

    Really great post.

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

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  76. 76

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

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  77. 77

    Where’s Ringu ;)?

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  78. 78

    some films are so old

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  79. 79

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

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  80. 80

    porche thompson

    March 5, 2009 1:23 pm

    thats ugly

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  81. 81

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

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  82. 82

    Hong Kong movie posters during the 90’s and mid till end, got really good visual posters. From a chinese ghost story, once upon a time in China, green snake, Fong Sai Yuk, east meet west, A better tomorrow and etc etc

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  83. 83

    Your awesomeness is so huge

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  84. 84

    Nice Post, would love to subscribe to this blog !

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  85. 85

    I think he don’t know that India is part Asia .

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  86. 86

    Inspiring Dude

    November 24, 2011 6:59 am

    awesome post, thanks for this!

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    Mateus Selle Denardin

    December 6, 2011 2:30 pm

    Amazing, amazing, amazing!

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