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.

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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.

Jan 1, 2000

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

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
USA Today
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An absolutely splendid entertainment.

Dec 23, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

entertaining film fast steps through its 118 minutes tightly

Jun 1, 2004 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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

Aug 14, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

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

Mar 1, 2002 | Full Review…

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


I actually like the Richard Gere version better.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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Light comedy done the right way.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
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...

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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