Japanese Posters For Alien, Enemy Mine, And Others Are Bonkers In The Best Way

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I may not be sure of many things in this life, but one thing I am sure of is that the Japanese posters for some of my favorite science fiction films are straight-up bonkers, and in the very best way possible. Sometimes it’s just that the Japanese lettering plastered all over everything is actually perfectly consistent with the universe of the story, as with this Blade Runner poster.


Other times they’re just flat-out amazing, like this one for the cult classic Flash Gordon.


But my favorites are the ones where the English title isn’t prominently displayed, where it takes two or three looks to figure out what the hell the poster is actually promoting. Like this one, where I’ve taken the liberty of blacking out the tiny identifying title at the bottom. How thorough is your knowledge of semi-obscure 1980s science fiction?


Give up? It’s actually a poster for one of my favorite sci-fi flicks of all time, Enemy Mine, starring Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr. How about this one, where I’ve again blacked out the English title?


That’d be for the 1981 Sean Connery movie Outland. But they certainly didn’t go out of their way to stick Connery’s face on the poster, did they? Here’s another, again sans title.


It’s for the Charlton Heston flick Soylent Green. Which, as you may recall, is made of people. A fact that makes the bulldozer full of bodies kind of hysterically morbid if you ask me.

You can check out many more below, ranging from well-known titles such as The Thing and Alien down to ones the considerably more obscure, such as Saturn 3 and Silent Running. Kudos once again to the treasure-trove blog of Gavin Rothery for the find.

















  1. Orcus says:

    So anything from the 70’s now is obscure? WTF? Was this written by a 14 year old? And why must everyone make the same dick mistake of ruining the ending of Soylent Green. Yes, it’s been around long enough to be ingrained in pop culture, but still, a little decorum in case someone who is just discovering movies might stumble upon it.

    • Ramone says:

      Are you seriously complaining about the ending to Soylent Green? It’s been a running joke for DECADES. Saturday Night Live did an entire sketch on it in the 90s! The movie itself is more than 40 YEARS OLD. It’s a running joke so old and so prevelant that it’s actually a real product that even says “PEOPLE FOOD” right on the box: http://www.amazon.com/Soylent-Green-Crackers-4-4-Ounce-Pack/dp/B005H5ZOEU

      Funny that someone with so much time to go trolling would ask for “a little decorum.”

      • Orcus says:

        “Yes, it’s been around long enough to be ingrained in pop culture, but still, a little decorum in case someone who is just discovering movies might stumble upon it”

        You might have missed that in your haste to a witty rejoinder, it was put there to prevent knee jerk responses like yours.

        If you like to know everything about a movie before you see it that’s great for you. In this day and age, unless you forgo going online it it hard to remain unspoiled, but for those who do want to try to discover something that they never tried before it would be nice to actually be surprised by something once in a while. Have you ever shown a kid the original Planet of the Apes without saying a word? Try it and look at their faces when they piece the ending together, then you’ll understand why a bit of decorum was asked for. You might not get it, but at least you can try.

        Believe it or not, there are folks out there still discovering the joy of movies, and just because we’ve been there and done it, doesn’t mean we should ruin that joy of discovery for someone else.

        Good day to you