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Hula Girls (2006)
"Hura gâru" (original title)

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Young women in a small Japanese town look to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian village tourist attraction.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yasuko Matsuyuki ...
Madoka Hirayama
Etsushi Toyokawa ...
Yojiro Tanikawa
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Kimiko Tanikawa
Shizuyo Yamasaki ...
Sayuri Kumano
Shoko Ikezu
Eri Tokunaga ...
Sanae Kimura
Kojo Miyake
Susumu Terajima
Masaru Shiga
Hiroshi Ohkôchi
Daikichi Sugawara
Katsumi Takahashi
Ittoku Kishibe ...
Norio Yoshimoto
Sumiko Fuji ...
Chiyo Tanikawa (as Junko Fuji)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomori Abe ...
Yoneko Tsutaya
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In 1965 the planned closing of a coal mine in Iwaki (northeastern Japan) will put 2,000 people out of work with devastating effects on the community. The mining company plans to build the Hawaiian Center to promote tourism, but the idea meets with resistance by the community's union families who boycott the effort. However, a few of the young women in Joban see the call for dancers to possibly provide a more promising future. Norio Yoshimoto is put in charge of organizing the center, with Madoka Hirayama, a professional dancer fleeing creditors in Tokyo hired to train the dancers. Kimiko, her friend Sanae, and Sayuri are amongst the handful first showing up for lessons but soon others join them. When Kimiko's mother, Chiyo, discovers that she has skipped school classes to learn dancing the two argue and Kimiko leaves home. Her brother Yojiro, one of the newly out of work miners, comes to be supportive of her dancing as he becomes protective of Madoka. The girls start to tour ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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In September 2006, the film was selected as the official submission from Japan in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2007 Oscars. See more »

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Delightful, Endearing, Wholly Entertaining
30 September 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A delightful & endearing film. Hula Girls is another example of the quality, vibrancy and most important of all, the originality that can still be found in the Japanese (& French) film industries (so unlike Hollywood which is mired in re-makes) Hula Girls has many of the very typically Japanese quirkiness which mixes the history & culture of Japan with genuine humour & real human feelings combining all into a wholly entertaining film which has all the hallmarks of that other fabulous Japanese film, "Shall We Dance" A great cast which had some solid veteran performances and also showcased some very promising young talent and faces to look out for in the future.

Stunning dance routines and a delightful soundtrack by Jake Shimabukuro on the ukulele.

This is a film not to be missed and one to treasure on DVD.


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