Hula Girls (Hula garu) (2007)
Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 9
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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6
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As the Korean War draws to a close and the pressing demand for copious amounts of coal takes a sudden plunge, the remote Japanese mining town of Joban attempts to compensate for the devastating economic blow by transforming itself into a lavish Hawaiian retreat in an affectionate comedy inspired by real events and directed by Lee Sang-il. The year s 1965 and the changes that have swept through the outside world are finally reaching Joban. As the mineworkers are laid off and the women of the town
Jul 13, 2007 Limited
Nov 6, 2007
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An irresistible Japanese import, Hula Girls is a crowd-pleaser so comfortable with its own clich√ (C)s that it goes down smoother than a mai tai on Maui.
The girls face prejudice from their families, while their amateur moves frustrate the dance instructor. Will they ever triumph? Just guess.
Director Lee Sang-il employs every possible clichť as he shamelessly tries to manipulate viewers' emotions.
Slick cinematography makes this bland social comedy always watchable, but the movie has its insipid moments.
Hula Girls is the latest entry in a durable subgenre about marginalized eccentrics who learn a new skill and become better, stronger people.
This bitter sweet dramedy sits alongside films such as The Full Monty as it follows a group of coalminers' daughters turning into hula girls.
While he's coasting through on his story, [Lee] concentrates on giving his movie a great big heart. Either that, or this tired old tale simply sounds better in Japanese.
While the outline of the film's plot is fairly standard and predictable, director Lee Sang-il and his co-screenwriter Daisuke Habara have concocted enough obstacles ... to keep the audience's interest. When the film reaches its climax ... it arrives there
U.S. audiences may find themselves impatient with the leisurely way Lee -- a Japanese director of Korean descent -- lets the tale unfold.
Where the filmmakers fall flat, aside from undistinguished direction and truly poor lighting and cinematography, is in making the characters such cardboard ciphers.
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