Japanese Chirashi are small double-sided movie posters handed out at theatres to advertise upcoming movies. The following is a near-complete set of the Star Wars original trilogy set. To date, and as far as I’m aware, there are two ROTJ teaser variations I need along with a ROTJ theater variation. The variations are fairly minor and involve certain text colour changes and theatre information. If I can get these final three I’ll add them here. For now, here are the eight I own. Images are shown featuring the front and reverse side by side. Click to make bigger and feel the force!
Star Wars. 1977. Theatre Release version 1.
Star Wars. 1977. Theatre Release version 2.
Star Wars. 1982. Japanese dubbed re-release.
TESB. 1980. Theatre Release version 1.
TESB. 1980. Theatre Release version 2.
ROTJ. 1982. Teaser.
ROTJ. 1983. Theatre Release.
ESB / ROTJ 1986. Double-feature Theatre Release.
ESB / ROTJ 1986. Double-feature Theatre Release. Reverse side.
First off I’d like to wish all of my followers and visitors a very happy New Year. May success, health and happiness accompany you in oodles these coming days and months 🙂
I’m going to kickstart 2015 at The Vintage Toy Advertiser with a nice collection of Chirashi I recently picked up from TVTA’s good friend in Japan. This set is from the Alien franchise and includes two from the Alien vs Predator movies. A couple of Prometheus posters will soon be on their way to join this set – I’ll add these to this post as soon as I can. For now let’s start with where it all began…
Alien 3 (1992)
Alien 3 (reverse).
Alien Resurrection (1997)
Alien Resurrection (reverse).
Alien vs Predator (2004)
Alien vs Predator.
Alien vs Predator (reverse).
Alien vs Predator 2 – Requiem – (2007)
Alien vs Predator 2.
Alien vs Predator 2 / Requiem(reverse).
I was pleased to recently show off my first purchase of Japanese Chirashi movie posters in this post HERE This weekend some new Chirashi arrived from Japan to add to my growing collection. I love the artwork on the 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as the Pom Poko special cut-out version.
2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey (reverse)
Pom Poko (reverse)
I am Bruce Lee
I am Bruce Lee (reverse)
Une Vie De Chat
Une Vie De Chat (reverse)
A Chirashi is a printed mini-poster or flyer used to promote film releases in Japan. The size of a typical Chirashi is “B5” (approx 7 x 10 inch /18cm x 26cm). A relatively cheap and space-saving alternative to regular-size industry posters, Chirashis make excellent movie memorabilia collectables.
When The Wind Blows.
Most Chirashis are double-sided with an image from the film printed in colour on the front. Additional artwork and information printed in Japanese appears on the reverse. As well as the standard double-sided format, some Chirashi are more elaborate – opening up as gate-fold, tri-fold or quad-fold posters. Other deluxe features can include thicker card stock, metallic print, UV overlay, Mylar print, and die-cutting.
Spirited Away. 2001.
When Marnie Was There.
Kill Bill 2. 2004.
Star Wars. 1977.
Jodorsky’s Dune (Quad version)
Anne of Green Gables.
Mr Bug Goes To Town.
Le Magasin de Suicides.