Friday, January 18, 2008

The king of Japan's "Star Wars" artists

Japanese science fiction illustrator Noriyoshi Ohrai is a bit of an enigma—not a lot of information is available about the guy—but he's said to be Japan's "most prolific and accomplished artists" when it comes to artwork for the "Star Wars" movies.

A poster Ohrai did for the Japanese-dubbed version of the first "Star Wars" movie in 1982. (Until then, only the subtitled version was available in Japan.)

Master Ohrai (as he's reverently called by fans in Japan) also did a series of posters for the 2006 disaster flick "Nihon Chinbotsu" (Japan Sinks).

—Mellow Monk

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