This is an original Japanese poster printed in 1967 for the first release of A Fistful of Dollars.
This Art work was only used on the original first release Japanese poster.
The B0 format of poster is one of the rarest in Japan. They are very rare, especially for more popular film titles, and are highly sought after by collectors today. Japanese collectors are space conscious and prioritized collecting 7 x10 inch chirashi. Therefore, this huge B0 is just not able to be displayed in most Japanese homes. Flash forward to the present day and this ultra rare poster for one of the most influential Spaghetti Western films is hugely important we have never seen another before in Japan let alone in the West, and there are no traces of this online... anywhere!
A Fistful of Dollars (Italian: Per un pugno di dollari, lit. 'For a Fistful of Dollars' titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars) is a 1964 Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood in his first leading role, alongside John Wells, Marianne Koch, W. Lukschy, S. Rupp, Jose Calvo, Antonio Prieto, and Joe Edger. The film, an international co-production between Italy, West Germany, and Spain, was filmed on a low budget (reported to be $200,000), and Eastwood was paid $15,000 for his role.
Released in Italy in 1964 and then in the United States in 1967, it initiated the popularity of the Spaghetti Western genre. It was followed by For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, also starring Eastwood. Collectively, the films are known as the "Dollars Trilogy", or the "Man with No Name Trilogy" after the United Artists publicity campaign referred to Eastwood's character in all three films as the "Man with No Name". All three films were later released in sequence in the United States in 1967, catapulting Eastwood into stardom. The film has been identified as an unofficial remake of the Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo (1961), which resulted in a successful lawsuit by Toho, Yojimbo's production company.
As few Spaghetti Westerns had yet been released in the United States, many of the European cast and crew took on American-sounding stage names. These included Leone himself ("Bob Robertson"), Gian Maria Volonté ("Johnny Wels"), and composer Ennio Morricone ("Dan Savio"). A Fistful of Dollars was shot in Spain, mostly near Hoyo de Manzanares close to Madrid, but also (like its two sequels) in the Tabernas Desert and in the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, both in the province of Almería.
This poster is in a fantastic condition. It has been professionally cleaned, and conservation Japanese Tissue Paper Backed. Please refer to the imagery as this is the exact poster that is for sale. Additional imagery is available on request.
It is 53 years old!
It is not a reproduction or a reprint.
Certificate of Authenticity included.