Superstar Rajinikanth’s 1995 starrer Muthu directed by KS Ravikumar and produced by K Balachander is all set for a re-release in Japan with a premiere on the 23rd of November.
Muthu was subtitled in Japanese and released in Japan as Muthu: Odoru Maharaja — Dancing Maharaja in 1998. The film received rave reviews and was released in 30+ screens across Japan. Muthu: Odoru Maharaja was the first non-Hollywood film to get a blockbuster release in Japan in that year.
The memory of Muthu continues to be very strong in Japan and it was hailed as the cultural ambassador between the two countries. It may be recalled that our ex-Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh mentioned the movie as a cultural ambassador between India and Japan in his address to the Japanese Parliament in Oct 2006.
Now, celebrating its 20th year anniversary in Japan, Muthu — Odoru Maharaja is getting re-released on 23rd November 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The film has been fully restored and digitally enhanced to 4K and 5.1 Surround. The film restoration technicians have worked hard and ensured the original aspects of the film are preserved. The original music background score has been upgraded to 5.1 Surround under the supervision of A.R.Rahman who was the original music composer of Muthu.