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

Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?)



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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (for mild language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Masayuki Suo
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 1998
Miramax Films


as Shohei Sugiyama

as Mai Kishikawa

as Tomio Aoki

as Toyoko Takahashi

as Masako Sugiyama

as Toru Miwa

as Hiromasa Kimoto

as Tokichi Hattori

as Tamako Tamura

as Masahiro Tanaka

as Ryo Kishikawa

as Natsuko
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Critic Reviews for Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?)

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (12)

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

An absolutely splendid entertainment.

Full Review… | December 23, 2006

entertaining film fast steps through its 118 minutes tightly

Full Review… | June 1, 2004
Old School Reviews

Brilliant cast and a wonderful movie! Please be tactful and avoid the (ug) remake until you've seen this.

August 14, 2003
New Times

Audience Reviews for Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?)


I actually like the Richard Gere version better.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Light comedy done the right way.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

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