The Goonies (1985)

Directed by Richard Donner. Japanese B1 poster, 29 x 41″

The Goonies is a classic 80s adventure which I watched many times as a child. I haven’t seen it in a few years though, so I’m a bit worried it hasn’t aged well. When my kids are a little older, I’ll re-watch with them to see if my love for it is mainly nostalgia, or if they also connect with that sense of fun and heart.

Another masterful painting by Noriyoshi Ohrai for this Japanese poster. The art was also used for the US video poster. An equal to Drew Struzan’s excellent art for the film in my opinion. Ohrai is one of my favourite film poster artists, he was a supremely talented painter and I’m very glad to have collected several of his posters (please search ‘Ohrai’ in the Gallery section to see more). The peerless FilmonPaper has a super write up from an amazing exhibition of Ohrai’s work here

Goonies.Japanese B1.A

 

Amélie (2001)

Directed by Jean-Pierre JeunetJapanese B1, 29 x 41″

I really love Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s films, even the missteps like Alien Resurrection are creative and interesting. Amélie is perhaps his most well know film and for good reason, it’s beautifully crafted brimming with humour, charisma and heart. Audrey Tautou is perfectly cast, her wide eyes and effortless charm made it easy for me to be swept along with a smile and to not mind when it gets a little too sentimental. 

The ‘Red Bed Style’ poster is unique to Japan and can be found in B1 and B2 size. The B1 is single sided and printed on a thicker than normal stock. Reprints are common, but are easy to spot as they’re 27 x 40″, on thin paper and the print quality is not great (the Eirin mark in the bottom right is very blurry for example). I think the design captures the atmosphere of the film nicely, the pictures and lamps around her bed make me grin.

Amelie Japanese B1 Poster