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



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Last year's smash hit in Japan tells the warm, frequenty funny story of an uptight Japanese worker whose midlife crisis takes him on a journey of personal discovery in a Tokyo dance class.
PG (for mild language)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Miramax Films

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Koji Yakusho
as Shohei Sugiyama
Tamiyo Kusakari
as Mai Kishikawa
Naoto Takenaka
as Tomio Aoki
Eriko Watanabe
as Toyoko Takahashi
Hideko Hara
as Masako Sugiyama
Akira Emoto
as Toru Miwa
Masahiro Motoki
as Hiromasa Kimoto
Yu Tokui
as Tokichi Hattori
Reiko Kusamura
as Tamako Tamura
Hiromasa Taguchi
as Masahiro Tanaka
Shuichiro Moriyama
as Ryo Kishikawa
Misa Shimizu
as Natsuko
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Critic Reviews for Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?)

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (6)

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

December 31, 1999
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.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
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

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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


I actually like the Richard Gere version better.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


Light comedy done the right way.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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