This is an original Japanese poster printed in 1970 for the first release of Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival.
This almost 5′ tall STB poster features breathtaking artwork. The tatekan STB format had much lower print numbers compared to regular Japanese B2s. They are very rare, especially for more popular film titles, and are highly sought after by collectors today.
The artwork is fantastic. The poster does have some minor condition issues, such as small tears, and fold lines. This poster was ACTUALLY used in a cinema in Nagoya - very cool.
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (座頭市あばれ火祭り) is a 1970 Japanese Chambara film directed by Kenji Misumi and starring Shintaro Katsu, who also produced and co-wrote the script. It is the twenty-first of a series of films featuring the blind swordsman Zatoichi. The main character is based on a fictional character, a blind masseur and swordmaster. He was created by novelist Kan Shimozawa and set during the late Edo period (1830s and 1840s).
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival was the last film in the original saga of Zatoichi (1962–1989) directed by Misumi, who had also directed the first film of the series, and several others as well.
Please refer to the imagery as this is the exact poster that is for sale.
It is 51 years old!
It is not a reproduction or a reprint.
Certificate of Authenticity included.