Hula Girls

They danced their way into the hearts of a nation.


Hula Girls
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

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Those Hawaiians have so much fun!
Those Hawaiians have so much fun!

Credits

Cast
Yasuko Matsuyuki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Yû Aoi, Shizuyo Yamazaki, Shoko Ikeza, Eri Tokunaga
Director
Sang-il Lee
ScreenplaySang-il Lee, Saisuke Habara
MusicJake Shimoabukuro
CinematographyHideo Yamamoto
EditingTsuyoshi Imai
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SA distributorSter-Kinekor
Made in2006
Produced byBlack Diamonds, Cine Quanon

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageSome, moderate
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceSome, moderate
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsJapanese film with some pathos and mildly disturbing moments but strongly positive image and ethos.
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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer quote iconDrags on for much too long.
5
Die Burger
Mariana Malan quote icon'n Prent wat roer... 'n inspirerende verhaal.
10
Cape Times
Frank Scheck quote iconLeaves no clichéd stone unturned.
10
iAfrica.com
Lauren Scholtz quote iconAs beautiful as it is brave
15
Mail & Guardian
Shaun de Waal
10
The Citizen
Bruce Dennill quote iconIt's a warm, funny film that happens to be in Japanese.
14
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge quote iconExceptional film.
15
24.com
Gugu Mkhabela quote iconIt's ridiculously predictable, standard and melodramatic at times, and is one of those films you forget as soon as the credits roll.
5
Metacritic.com
5 critics
11
Rottentomatoes critics
14 critics
11
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer
10

What the People say

Internet
287 Netizens quote iconWonderful music, wonderful Japanese comedy is great family entertainment
14

Average .. 54%

11




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