Cinema has always had a wide reach – wider than our imagination. Stories that appeal to us may strike a chord with someone sitting in another part of the world. Filmmakers understand this quite well, and hence, draw inspiration from cinema across the globe. Today, let’s celebrate the creative exchange that has taken place between two eminent film industries – Tamil and Japanese. They share a lot in common. Surprised? Well, have a look below to find out more about it...
Chandralekha is a historical adventure film which was released in 1948 – yes, over seven decades ago! It was originally made in Tamil and its Hindi version was released after a few changes. This movie is said to have made South Indian cinema prominent throughout India. Released as Shakunetsu-no ketto in Japan, Chandralekha was the first Tamil film to be dubbed in Japanese.
Rajinikanth-starrer Enthiran (Tamil) was released as Robot in Hindi and Robo in Telugu. In 2012, it was edited to a running length of two hours for a release in Japan. Enthiran was also screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival where it won a special award. Later, on public demand, the original (approx. three-hour-long) version was released in the country. Even the Japanese were in awe of Rajini’s style!
Released in 1995, Muthu was one of the highest grossing Tamil films of its time. The movie ran for over 175 days in theatres across Tamil Nadu. This drama film featured Rajinikanth and Meena in the lead roles. In 1998, Muthu was dubbed in Japanese and was titled Dancing Maharaja. The dubbed version was well received in Japan and went on to become a huge success.
Kolaigaran is a Tamil action thriller starring Vijay Antony, Arjun and Ashima Narwal in the lead roles. This 2019-release is apparently based on the Japanese movie Suspect X. Its dubbed version in Telugu has been titled Killer. Released in 2008, Suspect X was an adaption of a much-acclaimed novel, The Devotion of Suspect X. All versions of this movie have been highly appreciated by the respective audiences.
Sarabham is a neo-noir mystery film featuring Naveen Chandra, Salony Luthra and Aadukulam Naren in the lead roles. This 2014-release is said to be loosely based on the Japanese movie Game. Game was an adaptation of a novel by Keigo Higashino – the author who also wrote The Devotion of Suspect X.