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Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?)

Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?) (1996)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Reminiscent of the Australian hit Strictly Ballroom (1992), this romantic comedy from Japan was a hit in its country of origin, despite (or perhaps because of) its tacit criticisms of the restrictive aspects of Japanese culture. Shohei Sugiyama (Koji Yakusho) is a typically strait-laced Japanese businessmen who, passing by in his commuter train one day, glimpses a beautiful young woman, Mai (real-life ballerina Tamiyo Kusakari) through the window of a dance school. Obsessed with her, Shohei


Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

Masayuki Suo

May 20, 1998

Miramax Films

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This leisurely little import has its moments - but far too many of them. It runs two hours and seems to end five times.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Shall We Dance?' holds forth the sunny possibility that beyond the most timid exterior there may be a tangoing Walter Mitty to be found.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An absolutely splendid entertainment.

December 23, 2006 Full Review Source:

entertaining film fast steps through its 118 minutes tightly

June 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Brilliant cast and a wonderful movie! Please be tactful and avoid the (ug) remake until you've seen this.

August 14, 2003
New Times

This irresistible Japanese film celebrates the spiritual uplift of boundless desire.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Good-natured, lighthearted, and a look inside Japanese society to boot

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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Audience Reviews for Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?)

I actually like the Richard Gere version better.
April 12, 2013

Super Reviewer

Light comedy done the right way.
October 8, 2007
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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even the occasion odd adult is capable of romance and innocence sometimes, and herein is a tale of one such man...
September 8, 2007

Super Reviewer

Once again, stick to this Japanese original. It blows the remake away.
March 22, 2008

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    1. Mai Kishikawa: Mai: Thank you all the same. I must be leaving. Ooh, there is one other thing. This may seem a bit presumptuous but, should you have joined up in these classes with me as part of your reason, there could be a few problems. I dance taking it seriously. A dance studio isn't a disco hall. Should you be centered on your mere pleasure only, I'd prefer you not to dance at all!
    – Submitted by Maatyn O (12 months ago)
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