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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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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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A Wonderful Movie
7 February 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Sat down with my daughter to watch this movie, not really sure what to expect. I am a fan of foreign movies, particularly Korean, Chinese, and Japanese, but also other parts of the world, so I don't mind watching with subtitles. In fact, I find foreign films much more realistic than a lot of the tripe out of Hollywood.

This movie is very emotional, bringing tears (mostly happy ones) to both me and my daughter. The story is well told and the acting brilliant, and some of the gorgeous Japanese girls certainly helped to light up the screen, especially Yu Aoi who won "Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role" in the Japan Academy Prize.

Realising at the end that this movie was based on an actually true story added much more realism to the story, and the plight of the girls and their families.

A very inspirational movie, and a delight to watch. Why this only has 7 out of 10 on IMDb (at time of writing) surprises me. We loved it!!! Do yourself a favour and watch it.


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