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Hula Girls (2007)

Director: Sang-il Lee     Starring: Yasuko Matsuyuki Etsushi Toyokawa
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Format: DVD
Sku: 205664872
UPC: 896911001072
UPC 14: 00896911001072
Category Keywords: Dance  Japan  Theatrical Release
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Japan Academy Award Winner - Best Picture.
Based on a true story, Hula Girls is a heartwarming comedy about coal miners' daughters who took a once-in-a-lifetime chance to escape their monotonous lives only to become unwitting heroes to their depressed mining town as well as the whole of Japan.

" Whale Rider and Bend it Like Beckham, the film is an ideal choice for parents of teen girls hoping to broaden their daughters' horizons by introducing them to the world of foreign film.  Jen Johans, Film Intuition
"Sweet-natured, formulaic and ripe for an American remake.  Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide

Editor's Note
Set in 1965 Japan, HULA GIRLS tells the story of an ordinary coal miner's daughter-turned hula dancer extraordinaire. With oil quickly replacing coal and mining towns struggling to survive, someone's idea for turning the Japanese town into a Hawaiian village seems farfetched at best. But with the courage and hula skills of one young girl, people start to wonder whether perhaps this is the answer after all.


Video Features DVD

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/6/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 120 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 01
Video UPC UPC: 00896911001072
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Etsushi Toyokawa
Video Cast Info Shizuyo Yamazaki
Video Cast Info Yasuko Matsuyuki
Video Cast Info Yu Aoi
Video Cast Info Daisuke Habara - Writer
Video Cast Info Hideo Yamamoto - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Hitomi Ishihara - Producer
Video Cast Info Jake Shimabukuro - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Sang-il Lee - Director
Video Cast Info Sang-il Lee - Writer
Video Cast Info Tsuyoshi Imai - Editor
Video Cast Info Yohei Taneda - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Yoshiaki Hosono - Executive Producer

Professional Reviews

Variety 8 of 10
Loaded with underdog heroics and bursting with youthful enthusiasm, "Hula Girls" may be utterly predictable but it sure is a lot of fun. Fact-based tale of girls forming a hula troupe in a dying mining town in mid-'60s Japan has danced its way to beefy B.O. since opening domestically on Sept. 23, and stands a chance of shaking its skirts into foreign markets. Fests and specialty broadcasters will want to snap up this crowd-pleaser...Fourth feature by Japan-based ethnic Korean director Lee Sang-il finds him dealing with lighter subject matter, and with a much better touch, than on previous effort, hostage drama "Scrap Metal" (2005)..."Hula" is told through the eyes of Kimiko Tanikawa (Yu Aoi), a spirited teenager living in the coal mining community of Joban, in the country's chilly northeast...Although there's not a single real surprise right up to the moment when the girls make their triumphant debut, a gallery of well-drawn characters and keen observations of small-town life make the time pass pleasantly...Well-cast pic features perky perfs by young cast members and a nice role for Matsuyuki as the dancer who overcomes initial aloofness and embraces job. - Richard Kuipers

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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