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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shohei Sugiyama (as Koji Yakusho)
Tamiyo Kusakari ... Mai Kishikawa
... Tomio Aoki
Eri Watanabe ... Toyoko Takahashi (as Eriko Watanabe)
Yu Tokui ... Tokichi Hattori
Hiromasa Taguchi ... Masahiro Tanaka
Reiko Kusamura ... Tamako Tamura (as Raiko Kusamura)
Hideko Hara ... Masako Sugiyama
Hiroshi Miyasaka ... Macho
Kunihiko Ida ... Teiji Kaneko
Amie Toujou ... Hisako Honda
Ayano Nakamura ... Chikage Sugiyama
Katsunari Mineno ... Keiri-kachô
Tomiko Ishii ... Haruko Haraguchi
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

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Shall We Dance?  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,106, 13 July 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,676,677, 23 January 1998
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The title is written in English as "Shall We Dansu" since in its original Japanese release, the first two words actual appear in English with only the last word appearing in katakana (one of three Japanese writing systems). The Japanese word for "dance" is pronounced "dansu". See more »

Quotes

Mai Kishikawa: This may sound rude, but I hope you don't join the class with me as your goal.
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Referenced in Orgazmo (1997) See more »

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Shall We Dance
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Taeko Ohnuki
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Heartwarming film
26 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is about a man who has been too caught up with the accepted convention of success, trying to be ever upwardly mobile, working hard so that he could be proud of owning his own home. He assumes this is all there is to life until he accidentally takes up dancing, all because he wanted to get a closer look of a beautiful girl that he sees by the dance studio everyday while riding the subway on his way home.

His was infatuated with her at first, going to the dance class just to idolize her, but he eventually lets himself go and gets himself into the dancing. It eventually becomes apparent to him that there is more to life than working yourself to death. There is a set of oddball characters also learning in the studio, giving the film a lot of laughs and some sense of bonding between the dejected.

There is also revelations of various characters, including the girl he initially admired, giving some depth to them by showing their blemished past and their struggle to overcome it.

The dancing was also engaging, with the big competition at the end, but it is not the usual story where our underdog come out at the top by winning it. Instead, there are downfalls, revelations and redemption.

All these makes it a moving and fun film to watch.


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