It is not an easy task to design a really original and creative movie poster. Given the number of movies in existence, no matter what is put into a movie poster, it probably has already been used somewhere else.
But what you will see below has nothing to do with draining creativity. It is plain copycat. For all the movie posters shown below, the Chinese movies on the right were released after the foreign ones on the left. (Click links to see details about movies on IMDB or Mtime China).
Most of them are movies of similar genres. For example. Phobia 2 from Thailand and Midnight Beating, both are horror movies. Street Kings from the US and Chongqing Blues, both are gangster movies. Addicted to Love from the US and Sophie’s Revenge, both are chic love comedy.
Other pairs, however, almost have a wicked sense of humor such as The Ides of March vs. Lao Nan Ren Li Xian Ji (translated as “The Adventure of a Middle-aged Man”), Taken vs. The Killer Who Never Kills, and Fahrenheit 9/11 vs. Dear Enemy (love drama).
South Korea: Sad Movie (2005) VS. China: You Ren La Wu Mi (2011) VS. China: The Allure of Tears (2011)
US: Vantage Point (2008) VS. China: Seven 2 One (2009)
Thailand: Phobia 2 (2009) VS. China: Midnight Beating (2010)
US: Street Kings (2008) VS. China: Chongqing Blues (2010)
SouthKorea: A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) VS. China: Illusion Apartment (2010)
US: Addicted to Love (1997) VS. China: Sophie’s Revenge (2009)
US: The Ides of March (2011) VS. China: Lao Nan Ren Li Xian Ji (2011)
UK: Love Actually (2003) VS. China: Fit Lover (2008)
US: Daddy Day Camp (2007) Vs. China: Eaters (2010)
US: Boogeyman (2005) VS. China: Midnight Beating (2010)
US: Flags of Our Fathers (2006) VS. China: Jing Tian Dong Di (2009)
France: The Pianist (2002) VS. China: Iris Chang – The Rape of Nanking (2007)
UK: Pirate Radio (2009) VS. China: Sleepless Fashion (2011)
France: Taken (2008) VS. China: The Killer Who Never Kills (2011)
US: Fahreheit 9/11 (2004) VS. China: Dear Enemy (2011)
US: Yours, Mine and Ours (2005) VS. China: Perfect Wedding (2010)
US: Valentine’s Day (2010) VS. China: Hot Summer Days (2010)
US: Ocean’s Twelve (2004) VS. China: Fit Lover (2008)
US: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) VS. China: Welcome to Sha-ma Town (2010)