They danced their way into the hearts of a nation.
Those Hawaiians have so much fun!
Set in the mid 1960s as Japan started industrialising in a big way, things were going badly in a coal mining village. The townspeople decided to build Japan's first Hawaiian Village as a tourist trap to save the town. However any decent Hawaiian village needs dancing Hula girls. So they hired a dance instructor from Tokyo, and he soon had the shy Japanese girls coming out of their shells as they learned to do the Hula. Based on a true story, the village became an inspiration to the rest of Japan. In Japanese with English subtitles.
107 minutes, Parental Guidance (Language, Violence)
Comedy, On the art circuit
Where's it showing?
Yasuko Matsuyuki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Yû Aoi, Shizuyo Yamazaki, Shoko Ikeza, Eri Tokunaga
|Screenplay||Sang-il Lee, Saisuke Habara|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital|
|Produced by||Black Diamonds, Cine Quanon|
Official Site | IMDB page | FPB Report
|FPB Report (SA)|
|Comments||Japanese film with some pathos and mildly disturbing moments but strongly positive image and ethos.|
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|South African Media|
|Cape Argus/The StarDiane de Beer ||5|
|Die BurgerMariana Malan ||10|
|Cape TimesFrank Scheck ||10|
|iAfrica.comLauren Scholtz ||15|
|Mail & GuardianShaun de Waal||10|
|The CitizenBruce Dennill ||14|
|Sunday TimesBarry Ronge ||15|
|24.comGugu Mkhabela ||5|
|IMDB287 Netizens ||14|
|Average .. 54%||11|
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