Hula Girls

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 205664872
UPC 896911001072
UPC 14 00896911001072
Format DVD
Release Date 11/6/2007
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Sang-il Lee
Yasuko Matsuyuki
Etsushi Toyokawa
Cast & Crew
Daisuke Habara - Writer
Etsushi Toyokawa - Actor
Hideo Yamamoto - Cinematographer
Hitomi Ishihara - Producer
Jake Shimabukuro - Original Music By
Sang-il Lee - Director
Sang-il Lee - Writer
Shizuyo Yamazaki - Actor
Tsuyoshi Imai - Editor
Yasuko Matsuyuki - Actor
Yohei Taneda - Production Designer
Yoshiaki Hosono - Executive Producer
Yu Aoi - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 01
UPC 00896911001072
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 120 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks Japanese
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Variety
Review 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.
Reviewer Richard Kuipers
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Jen Johans, Film Intuition 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.
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide Sweet-natured, formulaic and ripe for an American remake.
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