Hula Girls
Hula Girls (2007)

As the Korean War draws to a close and the pressing demand for copious amounts of coal takes a sudden plunge, the remote Japanese mining town of Joban attempts to compensate for the devastating economic blow by transforming itself into a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 13, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

An irresistible Japanese import, Hula Girls is a crowd-pleaser so comfortable with its own clich (C)s that it goes down smoother than a mai tai on Maui.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Slick cinematography makes this bland social comedy always watchable, but the movie has its insipid moments.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

Lee has created a film that is endearing, heartfelt and at times very funny.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Director Lee Sang-il employs every possible clich as he shamelessly tries to manipulate viewers' emotions.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

Hula Girls is the latest entry in a durable subgenre about marginalized eccentrics who learn a new skill and become better, stronger people.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

This bitter sweet dramedy sits alongside films such as The Full Monty as it follows a group of coalminers' daughters turning into hula girls.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The dance floor is soon covered with syrupy melodrama.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

It's all warm, well-shot, instantly forgettable, and familiar to a fault.

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Don Willmott

There's nothing new in this very formulaic let's-put-on-a-show drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
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I'm amazed that this film is already in the database. While I was watching it, I thought: "Gotta tell flixster to include this one." And here… More