Japanese Empire Strikes Back Style "A" Foreign One-Sheet / B2 size

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Japanese Empire Strikes Back Style "A" Foreign One-Sheet / B2 size
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Other Info: This poster's illustrated artwork, by Noriyoshi Ohrai, is a favorite masterpiece amongst collectors. It was used in Japan, and subsequently on many of the international Empire Strikes Back movie posters around the world. Several of the global film distributors thought it's design was spectacular and so they used it for the promotion of the film, instead of using the USA or UK's campaign drawings. At the top it says, "The second in the Star Wars series!" (Star Wars シリーズ第2弾!), and you can see Darth Vader's helmet looming in the green atmospheric background amidst the yellow fireworks. Below Vader is the tibanna gas mining colony Cloud City, floating in the purplish clouds of the planet Bespin. The Millennium Falcon and several X-wings are thrusting towards the edge of the layout and the main artistic composition is being projected outwards to the viewer in many layers. Lando Calrissian is standing over the Leia and Solo embrace, while Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker, in battle fatigues, are front and center. The rest of the poster shows several illustrated characters and movie scenes, including the assault on Echo Base, AT-AT Walkers, the head of a tauntaun, an Imperial probe droid, Luke's mossy unsubmerged X-wing on Dagobah, and the bounty hunters summoned to the Executor. Just below the art is the famous tagline, "The Star Wars Saga Continues" and a smaller English language title. At the bottom of the poster in the middle of the credits area block is the red Japanese title logo スター・ウォーズ 帝国の逆襲 with the cast and crew information on either side of it. The 20th Century Fox, Dolby System, and the Eirin (映倫 54183) emblems, along with the copyright (© 20th Century Fox) are printed towards the bottom of the poster. The poster's image bleeds to the edge of the printing and Noriyoshi Ohrai had signed the piece. His signature can be seen on the right hand side by the Viper probe droid (Probot) on the snow. This smaller sized Japanese (B2 - Hansai) one-sheet is much easier to find than their larger B1 counterparts.

Variations*: The poster is found with a gloss or matte finished paper. There are common reprints of this poster, with English replacing the Japanese text. Also, several other Japanese promotional ads/posters/tie-ins used this image (eg. Soundtrack poster, program).

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