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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Japanese poster revealed

As The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ’s release date edges closer, a Japanese poster for the film has been unveiled.

A reminder of the worldwide impact the film’s set to have, the international one-sheet has glorious echoes of the posters for The Lord Of The Rings , with a lovely, semi-handdrawn quality to the finish.

With Martin Freeman at the core, holding the ring like Elijah Wood cradled it on the Fellowship posters, the golden glows brings an epic sheen to the proceedings.

And if Hobbits aren’t your thing, there are Dwarves aplenty, plus trolls, an Elf and a wizard.

Call us superficial, but why does Japanese script instantly make a poster exponentially cooler?

Check out the poster in full below:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in the UK on 13 December 2012.

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Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.