7.1/10
1,762
14 user 24 critic

Hula Girls (2006)

Hura gâru (original title)
Young women in a small Japanese town look to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian village tourist attraction.

Director:

Sang-il Lee
23 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When two best friends develop a crush on the same boy, they develop a plan to trick him into dating them.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Anne Suzuki, Yû Aoi, Tomohiro Kaku
Villain (2010)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young woman's murder provokes reflection on the ugliness and villainy of modern society.

Director: Sang-il Lee
Stars: Eri Fukatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Akira Emoto
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tawako's boyfriend is not her kind, but she puts up with it in exchange for shelter. Her old boyfriend of almost a decade ago is long gone, and was also not nice, but like most girls she ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi
Stars: Yû Aoi, Sadao Abe, Tôri Matsuzaka
Waterboys (2001)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen".

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Akifumi Miura
Kamome Diner (2006)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Where are we welcome? On a quiet street in Helsinki, Sachie has opened a diner featuring rice balls. For a month she has no customers. Then, in short order, she has her first customer, ... See full summary »

Director: Naoko Ogigami
Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Hairi Katagiri, Masako Motai
Key of Life (2012)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A failed actor switches identities with a stranger at a bath house thinking it is his way out of his life of misery but only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin.

Director: Kenji Uchida
Stars: Masato Sakai, Teruyuki Kagawa, Ryôko Hirosue
Rage (2016)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A grisly unsolved murder links three seemingly unrelated stories in three different Japanese cities.

Director: Sang-il Lee
Stars: Ken Watanabe, Mirai Moriyama, Aoi Miyazaki
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A sci-fi club concocts a plan to repair a remote by using a time machine that suddenly appears.

Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
Stars: Eita, Yoshiaki Yoza, Daijiro Kawaoka
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Stars: Kyoko Fukada, Anna Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki Miyasako
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Chagawa finds it increasing difficult to support his young ward Junnosuke in his store across the street from the Suzuki garage on Third Street. Unless he can provide a better life, ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Stars: Shin'ichi Hatori, Maki Horikita, Fumiyo Kohinata
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A strict, but caring mother has an awakening when she is told she has cancer and it is terminal. She has a few months. She needs to complete her tasks in that short time frame. She needs to... See full summary »

Director: Ryôta Nakano
Stars: Rie Miyazawa, Hana Sugisaki, Aoi Itô
Flying Colors (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Story about a problematic blonde girl, Sayaka who knows nothing about academic but wants to enter one of the prestige university in Japan in just one year?

Director: Nobuhiro Doi
Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Nanami Abe, Morio Agata
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Yasuko Matsuyuki ... Madoka Hirayama
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Yojiro Tanikawa
Yû Aoi ... Kimiko Tanikawa
Shizuyo Yamasaki Shizuyo Yamasaki ... Sayuri Kumano
Shoko Ikezu Shoko Ikezu
Eri Tokunaga Eri Tokunaga ... Sanae Kimura
Kojo Miyake Kojo Miyake
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima
Masaru Shiga Masaru Shiga
Hiroshi Ohkôchi Hiroshi Ohkôchi
Daikichi Sugawara
Katsumi Takahashi Katsumi Takahashi
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Norio Yoshimoto
Sumiko Fuji Sumiko Fuji ... Chiyo Tanikawa (as Junko Fuji)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomori Abe Tomori Abe ... Yoneko Tsutaya
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 September 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hula Girls See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,480,415
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The people of the area of this mining town speak with accent/dialect. In one scene the dancing teacher(Madooka) can't understand what Yojiro Tanikawa is arguing about because of his accent. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Japanese Drama : Loved it !!!
8 January 2007 | by anniegiiSee all my reviews

This film was quite dramatic. There were some very emotional scenes. I often cried. The dance scenes were simple (subtle) and quite appropriate. We get a realistic glimpse into the Japanese homes, the workplace and the local eating place, as well as some Japanese customs (particularly the sumimasen), in this small 1960's Japanese town.

A Hula Dance teacher is brought to a small mining town to teach Hula to the young girls in hopes that the town will create a Hawaiian tourist attraction in the near future. The young girls are presented with an opportunity to change their fate (and unknowingly, the fate of their town). The majority of the townsfolk are in complete opposition, putting the young girls at serious odds with their families and the society in which the live.

This story is loaded with dramatic personal interactions between characters. Many of the characters are developing (people becoming better persons). The sensei undergoes a bit of an attitude adjustment, inspired by her dancers. However, it is not until a climactic Hula Show that we realize the true heroine of Hula Girls.

I shall recommend this to all aspiring dancers. This review was based on the Japanese film with English subtitles.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed