Hula Girls

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Desperate to reverse their economic fortunes, the elders of a small Japanese coal-mining town decide to create a Hawaiian center tourist attraction. They hire Madoka (Yasuko Matsuyuki), a professional dancer from Tokyo, to recruit and train hula dancers. The group includes hulking Sayuri (Shizuyo Yamasaki) and the hesitant Kimiko (Yû Aoi). Things seem hopeless at first, but with encouragement from Kimiko's brother, Yojiro (Etsushi Toyokawa), Madoka redoubles her efforts to make things work.

Cast & Crew

Yasuko Matsuyuki
Madoka Hirayama
Etsushi Toyokawa
Yojiro Tanikawa
Yû Aoi
Kimiko Tanikawa
Shizuyo Yamasaki
Sayuri Kumano
Eri Tokunaga
Sanae Kimura
Ittoku Kishibe
Norio Yoshimoto
Sumiko Fuji
Chiyo Tanikawa
Lee Sang-il
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Lee Sang-il
Screenwriter
Daisuke Habara
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Yohei Taneda
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  • Oct 29, 2007
    I'm amazed that this film is already in the database. While I was watching it, I thought: "Gotta tell flixster to include this one." And here it is. Even if this weren't based on actual events, this movie would be worth watching if you enjoy dance, and especially if you like hula. <p> The hula revolution is in full swing these days. The last time I checked, there were more than 8,000 hula halau (dance troupes) located throughout Japan. That Japan loves Hawai`i and vice versa is abundantly apparent these days, but this movie is set in 1965-66, when launching your own halau was a bit of a mysterious and perhaps perilous adventure. Surely this group was a pioneering one, and that is a story worth telling. <p> An added bonus is that the film is scored by Hawai`i ukulele legend Jake Shimabukuro <a href="http://jakeshimabukuro.com/"> http://jakeshimabukuro.com/ </a>. His soundtrack won the 2007 Japanese Academy Award for Best Sound Recording.
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