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An irresistible Japanese import, Hula Girls is a crowd-pleaser so comfortable with its own clichÃ (C)s that it goes down smoother than a mai tai on Maui.
Director Lee Sang-il employs every possible cliché as he shamelessly tries to manipulate viewers' emotions.
The dance floor is soon covered with syrupy melodrama.
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.
It's all warm, well-shot, instantly forgettable, and familiar to a fault.
Lee has created a film that is endearing, heartfelt and at times very funny.
This bitter sweet dramedy sits alongside films such as The Full Monty as it follows a group of coalminers' daughters turning into hula girls.
There's nothing new in this very formulaic let's-put-on-a-show drama.
An eminently likeable, well-made film.
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
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.
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.
An added bonus is that the film is scored by Hawai`i ukulele legend Jake Shimabukuro http://jakeshimabukuro.com/ . His soundtrack won the 2007 Japanese Academy Award for Best Sound Recording.
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