Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?)
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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 Sugiyama (Koji Yakusho) is a typically strait-laced Japanese businessmen who, passing by in his commuter train one day, glimpses a beautiful young woman, Mai (real-life ballerina Tamiyo Kusakari) through the window of a dance school. Obsessed with her, Shohei enrolls in the school and meets instructor Mai, who at first mistakes Shohei for a philanderer. To her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This leisurely little import has its moments - but far too many of them. It runs two hours and seems to end five times."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"entertaining film fast steps through its 118 minutes tightly"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Good-natured, lighthearted, and a look inside Japanese society to boot"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Shall We Dance?' holds forth the sunny possibility that beyond the most timid exterior there may be a tangoing Walter Mitty to be found."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Brilliant cast and a wonderful movie! Please be tactful and avoid the (ug) remake until you've seen this."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"An absolutely splendid entertainment."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This irresistible Japanese film celebrates the spiritual uplift of boundless desire."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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