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Shall We Dance? The Original Japanese Version- My Honest Review

Updated on February 18, 2018

A Must See Heartwarming Crowd Pleasing Irresistible Comedy

I have been to Japan many times and I love to see movies or shows about Japan.One day a friend of mine had mentioned about this movie and so we decided to go and see it. There were always long lines at the movie theatre that was showing this movie. Even at work and while helping customers, many had suggested to go and see it ! So then I finally made plans on my day off to go and see it for myself. This movie is about a japanese middle-aged workaholic salaryman's dull life who seems to have everything... a wife, a daughter, and even had worked hard enough to buy a new home.

His life makes a funny turn though when he sees an attractive woman standing near a window looking away as if in a trance just above near a train station. He seems to be mesmerized by her and finally finds enough courage to go in and sign up for dance lessons. Thinking she will be his teacher, he ends up with a different instructor. And that's not all. Since it is cheaper at a group rate he finds himself learning how to dance with 2 other interesting characters. They each have their own reasons to take dance lessons and eventually find themselves good enough to compete in a national dance competition.

This movie is hilarious and entertaining. One of the reasons why I love this movie and the characters is that they look like everyday people who the director might have just picked them right off the streets as if they are not real movie actors. Their flaws and personalities are entertaining and you will get quite a kick out of this movie. Unlike the american version, they don't have the qualities of "Hollywood" personalities. This movie will leave you cheering for them and definitely put you in a good mood. And lookout for the flamboyant Mr. Aoki, an imitation of Donnie Burns?

The Original "Shall We Dance" Movie Trailer

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A movie with a few laughs that touches your heart making you realize the imperfections of being human and appreciation when it comes to the value of a human life before it is too late.

Shall We Dance?
Shall We Dance?

The American version.


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    • Minoru10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael Yoshinaka 

      5 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      @MarathonRunning: You should see it. I actually like this one better than the American version.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 

      5 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      @smine27: Wasn't it ? Thanks smine27.

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      5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      I didn`t yet sow it, but you review is really nice!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I loved this movie. what a great review


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