Monday, 7 April 2014

English Vinglish in Japan

Sridevi's Konnichiwa to Tokyo! We love the Japanese poster - don't you?!

With the release of English Vinglish in Japan, the empress of Indian cinema is set to impress the Orient as no other Bollywood actor has before (no, not even Rajnikanth!).

As the most successful Bollywood film of 2012/2013 in Hong Kong, Macau, China, Korea, the dramedy made waves across Japanese screens too.

With its successful run in Germany, having made the top ten box-office list in UK, top 20 in the US, Sridevi's global impact has gone... well, mostly unrecognised within India, but thankfully, the billion plus fans online have kept note - including us!

As reported earlier by IANS:

Sridevi and English Vinglish now have fan following in Japan!
6 September 2013, New Delhi, IANS
Not since Rajinikanth has an Indian actor made the impact that Sridevi has in Japan- thanks to a preview and festival screening of her comeback film English Vinglish. What’s more, the film has not even been released there as yet! 

Apparently, the theme of an Asian woman struggling with the English language has struck a universal chord in Japan. And the Japanese women, themselves driven to despair by the linguistic discrepancies of the diaspora, have embraced the film in a big way. Now, they want to meet Sridevi before the film gets a Japanese release in December. Speaking from Tokyo where he is currently visiting to launch the film, producer R Balki said: ‘The response is terrific. Every Japanese women identifies with Sridevi. 

The Japanese love the film. Anyone and everyone who has seen it has connected immediately with the theme of linguistic barricading.’ 
On the evening of 1 September, English Vinglish was screened in Tokyo’s Aichi Women’s Film Festival.

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