Salman Khan's "Ek Tha Tiger" poster
Salman Khan's "Ek Tha Tiger" poster (Credit: Twitter)

Here is some good news for Salman Khan's fans in Japan. The bollywood muscle man's smashing hit film "EK Tha Tiger" is all set to release in the northeast Asian country on 7 March.

Confirming the news, film's director Kabir Khan posted a message on his twitter page saying: "#EkThaTiger is releasing all over Japan. I will be travelling to Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo for interviews & publicity. Looking forward to it :-)"

The film will be dubbed into Japanese instead of being released in the original prints with subtitles. 

The cast of the film, including Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, will not accompany Kabir Khan for the premiere, due to their busy shooting schedules. Salman is reportedly in Dubai working for his upcoming film "Mental". Katrina is all set to begin shooting of her next flick titled "Bang Bang," the Hindi remake of Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz starrer "Knight and Day", with Hrithik Roshan. 

"Ek Tha Tiger" was a spy thriller film in which Salman donned the role of a secret agent who falls in love with Katrina, an ISI agent. The film opened to mixed responses from critics, but received a big thumbs up from Salman fans across the globe. According to the film's director, the film grossed more than ₹190 crores worldwide.

This is the first bollywood biggie to be officially released on a commercial basis in Japan, reported the Daily Mail.

So far, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth has been the only popular Indian actor to have a huge fan following in Japan, ever since his 1996-super hit film "Muthu" was released there. Subsequently, all his films were released in Japan. His blockbuster film "Endhiran" (Robot), which was released last year, commended huge response among the audiences in Japan.

Salman is also slowly emerging as the Rajinikanth of Bollywood with a string of hit films like "Body Guard", "Dabangg" and 'Dabangg 2." With the release of "Ek Tha Tiger," it remains to be seen if Salman can recreate Rajinikanth's magic over Japan's moviegoers.