Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?)
Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?) (1996)

Reminiscent of the Australian hit Strictly Ballroom (1992), this romantic comedy from Japan was a hit in its country of origin, despite (or perhaps because of) its tacit criticisms of the restrictive aspects of Japanese culture. Shohei… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 20, 1998
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Clark
USA Today

This leisurely little import has its moments - but far too many of them. It runs two hours and seems to end five times.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

entertaining film fast steps through its 118 minutes tightly

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Good-natured, lighthearted, and a look inside Japanese society to boot

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Shall We Dance?' holds forth the sunny possibility that beyond the most timid exterior there may be a tangoing Walter Mitty to be found.

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Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

Brilliant cast and a wonderful movie! Please be tactful and avoid the (ug) remake until you've seen this.

Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

An absolutely splendid entertainment.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This irresistible Japanese film celebrates the spiritual uplift of boundless desire.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I actually like the Richard Gere version better.
Anthony Valletta
Once again, stick to this Japanese original. It blows the remake away.
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Light comedy done the right way.
Leo L
Great movie!
Apeneck Fletcher
even the occasion odd adult is capable of romance and innocence sometimes, and herein is a tale of one such man...
FanGirl Browncoat
Very pleasant, subtle and warm film. It's one of those movies you don't expect to like but end up loving. I really love this movie, which made the… More