Shall we dance?

Shall we dance?

DVD - 2005 | Japanese
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A middle-aged businessman's dull life takes an interesting turn when he signs up for a ballroom dance class just to meet the beautiful dance instructor.
Publisher: [United States] : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2005
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9786308727504
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Miramax, 2005. 118 minutes. (DVD) Rated PG. On his evening commute, bored accountant Sugiyama (Koji Yakusho) always looks for the beautiful woman who gazes wistfully out the window of the Kishikawa School of Dancing. One night he gets off the train, walks into the studio, and signs up for a clas... Read More »

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Jan 10, 2018

This is a really lovely movie. I am inspired to take dance lessons after watching this gem of a movie.

Nov 26, 2016

I really liked this movie. It is so much better than the American remake version. Very entertaining.

Mar 03, 2016


Dec 30, 2013

I love this film! Music, dancing, heart warming and witty comedy. Oh and really bad wigs, and funny faces used by one actor. Some people may hate subtitles, but don't let that discourage you. It's worth it.

There is also a remake of this film in 2004 for an American audience. Personally, I've haven't seen it yet, so I can't do a fair comparison.

Dec 11, 2013

Love love love this movie. Charming and utterly engaging.

Jun 18, 2013

This is a 1996 Japanese film directed by Masayuki Suo (周防 正行).
Its title refers to the song, "Shall We Dance?" which comes from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I."
Shohei Sugiyama (Kōji Yakusho) is a successful accountant with a house in the suburbs, a devoted wife, Masako (Hideko Hara), and a teenage daughter.
Despite these external signs of success, however, Sugiyama begins to feel as if his life has lost direction and meaning and falls into depression.
One night, while coming home on the commuter-train, he spots a beautiful woman with a melancholy expression looking out from a window in a dance studio.
This is Mai Kishikawa (Tamiyo Kusakari), a well-known figure on the Western ballroom dance circuit.
Sugiyama becomes infatuated with her and decides to take lessons in order to get to know her better.

Later, after being rebuffed by Mai, Sugiyama discovers to his surprise that his passion for ballroom dance outweighs his infatuation with her.
Indeed dancing, rather than Mai, gives Sugiyama the meaning in life that he was looking for.

His wife, noticing his odd behavior, thinks that he is having an affair.
So she hires a private detective to follow him.
Meanwhile, along with his classmates, Sugiyama enters an amateur competition.
Finding the truth from the detective, his wife goes to see the event.
Surprised by this, he stumbles and accidentally rips the skirt of her dress off.

Devastated, Sugiyama loses interest in dancing.
At home, however, his wife tries to understand her husband's new passion by asking him to teach her to dance.
Although he quits attending the class, Sugiyama is invited to a good-bye party for Mai, who is leaving for Blackpool, England.
While training Sugiayama for the competition, Mai has noticed Sugiyama's real passion for dancing, and she also realizes that she has long forgotten her own passion for dancing.
She seems to have changed from a melancholic and depressed woman into an awakened good-natured dancer.
At the party, Mai joins him to dance, asking him "Shall we dance?"

The screenplay is superb---amusing and entertaining, yet it shows a well-crafted character study.
After all, it is one of the greatest movies.

Feb 16, 2012

Absolutely perfect! The subtitles are no problem, because you never want to take your eyes off the screen. There is no need for added drama, a simple story about what I call 'remembering who you are', being true to what gives you balance and peace.

Aug 08, 2010

Absolutely charming comedy about a Japanese salaryman who hides the fact from family and friends that he's taking ballroom dancing lessons. Why is that American remakes of Japanese flicks can never match the original?


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