Poster - Hakujaden (Panda and the Magic Serpent)

Here is the US poster for Panda and the Magic Serpent, aka Hakujaden. Hmm...even the poster has faded colors. What's the deal with that? You can watch this version on Youtube here, which is based on a very faded 16mm print. It shows. The Japanese DVD (fansub) blows it away.

This isn't a bad poster, really. But it's not very inspiring, and nowhere in the same league as the Japanese original. But at least the movie was actually being seen on these shores. This was even before the rise of Janus Films, which finally gave proper respect for foreign films (no edits, cuts, or bad dubs), so it's best to be gracious.


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