Chirashi are mini-posters/ flyers used to advertise movies in Japan. Due to the fact they are only available from movie theatres while the movie is showing, they are collectible movie memorabilia and rise in value based on age and scarcity.
Movie flyers are often printed on high quality paper, and are usually a single sheet (2 sides) or 2-page "gatefold" (4 sides).
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What's unique about Japanese movie posters is that much of the artwork is custom created for the Japanese market, with a distinctive Japanese design. The Japanese poster will often look quite different to the artwork available in other countries. In many cases the design is superior, and some innovative releases include fold-out posters and specialty prints you won't find anywhere else.
Of course if you are a fan of Japanese movies, then you've come to the right place!
Chirashis stored in an A4 display folder
We specialise in Japanese Chirashi which are "B5" size (Approximately 7" x 10" / 18cm x 26cm) - also referred to as Movie Flyers. Due to their handy size and low cost, they are by far the most popular size of poster amongst Japanese collectors.
Unlike larger movie posters, you can collect a wide selection and store them easily in an A4 or B5 sized folder, or display a selection on your wall (without requiring a huge wall to fit them!).
Affordable Movie Memorabilia
The vast majority of B5 Chirashi can be bought for under $10.00, and we have over 3000 titles priced at $2.50 or less! While older and very rare sought after titles can occasionally command prices into the thousands, this is very much the exception. Along with the B5 size, Japan also produces posters in the larger B0 to B4 formats.
For hobbyists and those collecting posters for fun, the B5 format is a rewarding way to collect movie memorabilia. Those collecting movie posters as an investment generally prefer the larger formats which are much more expensive, but have the possibility of rising further in value.
Huge Range of Top Quality Titles
Perhaps the best aspect of collecting Japanese chirashi is the huge range of titles available - not just of Japanese movies (of course), but also films from Hollywood and around the world. Even rare genre titles that are extremely difficult to find anywhere else.
What's more, it's possible to pickup highly sought after classic posters at just a fraction of the price of a U.S version. We have over 7000 titles available, perhaps the best selection on the planet ... and we're constantly adding more.
If you want to display your posters framed on the wall, suitable frames are generally available at a fraction of the cost of framing a large poster. What's more, its possible to display a nice selection of your favourite movies on your wall - even if you have limited wall-space!
We recommend purchasing A4 size frames which are common and relatively cheap, then approaching your local framing company to make up a matte board (in A4 size to fit the frame, with a B5-size window). This ends up looking very professional, and it's realtively cheap to do.
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