Sunday, August 5, 2012

And Now for the Poster

This is the first time I've seen a theatrical poster for the 1966 film New Torture Punishment History and, once again, this site has the goods (just scroll down a bit).

I'm not a poster expert so don't quote me on this, but it seems to me that there are basically two types of posters: originals and reprints. As far as I know, I've only bought reprints at the various poster shops around town. The prices generally range from 3,000 yen to 5,000 yen but can go higher. I have seen them for cheaper online but actually pawing through these things at a shop is more fun.

Then there are the ones that are in the hundreds of dollars US which I'm assuming are originals.

Seeing this poster of New Torture Punishment History inspires me, despite the oppressive heat in Tokyo, to get out there and go on another SM safari. Man, I'd love to find this one. But I'll settle for a reprint (assuming there are any).

Trawling the internetz, I came across this Japanese blog that has some nasty drawings of purported torture methods of the Tang dynasty in China. Here's a taste:

These remind me of my trip to the Museum of Criminology at Meiji University.

The site mentions that the Japanese kimono was inspired by Tang dynasty fashion. I wonder if some folks in Japan were inspired in a different way by Tang dynasty culture?

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  1. All of the film posters you find at the shops in Jimbocho or Nakano or online are originals. Just about the only repro posters in Japan are of Godzilla and Kurosawa films.

  2. Really?! So these posters of the 70s Nikkatsu and Shintoho films were printed back then? They are usually in such good condition I just assumed they had been re-printed. Thanks.