Rare Film Posters



Original British 30 inch x 40 inch Quad Poster for the 1963 Kon Ichikawa Japanese Adventure ALONE ON THE PACIFIC (TAIHEIYO HITORI-BOTCHI), based on the story by Kenichi Horie and starring Yujiro Ishihara, Masayuki Mori and Kinuyo Tanaka PLUS Arne Sucksdorff’s THE GREAT ADVENTURE.

A young man (Ishihara) sails alone from Osaka to San Francisco in a rousing true-life tale. Ichikawa maintains interest by comic moments, flashbacks and pictorial power.

The poster art is by Peter Strausfeld. Strausfeld was interned in the Isle of Man at the Onchan Internment Camp during the War where he met the Austrian producer George Hoellering. In 1947 Hoellering opened the Academy Cinema on Oxford Street and invited Strausfeld to produce some posters for the cinema which he did in wood and lino-cuts till his death in 1980.

The Academy Cinema, built in 1913, was saved from conversion to a shopping arcade in 1928 by Elsie Cohen of the original Film Society, who proceeded to run it as an arthouse which is how it was ran till it’s closure in 1986.

The posters became a London landmark, in fact very few were used outside of London, resulting in very small print runs of 3-500.

Printed by Ward & Foxlow, Harcourt St., London W.1.

The poster is in fine unfolded (rolled) condition. Will ship in gorilla proof tube.

Availability: 1 in stock

Original British 30 inch x 40 inch Quad Poster