A trip to the far east…
After realising a life long ambition to travel around Japan, I became absorbed again in Japanese culture, stimulated again by the sheer visual impact of the contrasting landscapes, the countryside to the city and Tokyo in particular, with it’s hi tech environment offering constant visual and audible direction.
On returning home to Warsaw my love of Asian cinema was rekindled, watching Ozu, Kurosawa, Miyazaki, Kitano and Miike amongst others. Being a designer and a movie lover, I started to research the posters of my favourite Japanese movies. This lead me into another country close to my heart. Poland. In particular Polish version of my favourite Japanese movies.
Before the age of globalization, digital distribution and stars’ egos rendered modern movie posters bland interchangeable montages of floating heads, Polish artists were creating their own versions for the internal market.
While this post claims not to be a history of the Polish Japanese film poster, but more of a celebration. Posters are a very significant and revered part of Polish culture.
There is a small but enthusiastic market for Polish posters and in particular Polish movie posters, these collectibles are only available in small numbers but luckily don’t yet demand exacting prices. More than nostalgia, they serve as witness to a culture little known outside its own borders and an inspiration of designers and artists across the globe
Links and further reading:
Wilanow Poster Museum
Warsaw’s very own and the first poster museum in the world. Opened in 1968 as a branch of the National Museum. Visit Wilanow Poster Museum
Shops and a bit more history.