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Shall We Dance? (1996)

Shall we dansu? (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 11 July 1997 (USA)
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A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

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Masayuki Suo

Writer:

Masayuki Suo
55 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Yakusho ... Shohei Sugiyama (as Koji Yakusho)
Tamiyo Kusakari Tamiyo Kusakari ... Mai Kishikawa
Naoto Takenaka ... Tomio Aoki
Eri Watanabe Eri Watanabe ... Toyoko Takahashi (as Eriko Watanabe)
Yu Tokui Yu Tokui ... Tokichi Hattori
Hiromasa Taguchi Hiromasa Taguchi ... Masahiro Tanaka
Reiko Kusamura Reiko Kusamura ... Tamako Tamura (as Raiko Kusamura)
Hideko Hara Hideko Hara ... Masako Sugiyama
Hiroshi Miyasaka Hiroshi Miyasaka ... Macho
Kunihiko Ida Kunihiko Ida ... Teiji Kaneko
Amie Toujou Amie Toujou ... Hisako Honda
Ayano Nakamura Ayano Nakamura ... Chikage Sugiyama
Katsunari Mineno Katsunari Mineno ... Keiri-kachô
Tomiko Ishii Tomiko Ishii ... Haruko Haraguchi
Maki Kawamura Maki Kawamura ... Eiko Miyoshi
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Shohei Sugiyama has attained all that he has wanted in life. But he is still depressed and unhappy. One day, he gathers up the courage to sign up for dancing lessons. He hopes they will rid his depression and help him get his life back together. Written by Robert Krzanowski <stonedpsycho@hotmail.com>

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He's an overworked accountant. She's an accomplished dancer. Passion is about to find two unlikely partners.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

A poster on the studio's wall shows a performance photograph of Australian champions Jason Gilkison and Peta Roby. See more »

Quotes

Mai Kishikawa: A weak first step transmits nothing.
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Alternate Versions

Original Japanese version (pre-Miramax) runs 136 minutes and is available on Hong Kong laseridisc with English and Chinese subtitles. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Orgazmo (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Shall We Dance
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Taeko Ohnuki
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A pleasing experience
11 October 2004 | by Ob_zSee all my reviews

I was so surprised when I saw this film so much underrated... I understand why some of you dislike this movie. Its pace is slow, a characteristic of Japanese films. Nevertheless, if you are absorbed in the film like me, you will find this not a problem at all.

I must say this is the best comedy I have ever seen. "Shall We Dansu?" is often considered a masterpiece of Japanese comedies. It is very different from Hollywood ones, e.g. Austin Powers or Scary Movies, in which a gag is guaranteed in every couple of minutes. Rather, it is light-hearted, a movie that makes you feel good.

I love the movie because it makes me feel "real". The plot is straightforward yet pleasing. I was so delighted seeing that Sugiyama (the main role) has found the meaning of life in dancing. Before I watched the film I was slightly depressed due to heavy schoolwork. I felt lost. However, this film made me think of the bright side of life. I believed I was in the same boat of Sugiyama; if he could find himself in his hobby, why couldn't I? It reminded me of "exploring my own future" and discovering the happiness in my daily life.

It is important to note that the actors are not professional dancers. While some of you may find the dancing scenes not as perfect as you expect, I kinda like it as it makes me feel that the characters are really "alive", learning to dance as the film goes on.

Over all, this film is encouraging and heart-warming. As a comedy, it does its job perfectly. It definitely deserves 10 stars.

And yes Aoki is funny :-D


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Japanese

Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA) See more »

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$9,499,091

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,499,091
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Dolby SR

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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