Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Shall We Dansu?
Japan, 1996. Daiei Studios, Nippon Television Network, Hakuhodo, Nihon Shuppan Hanbai, Altamira Pictures Inc.. Screenplay by Masayuki Suo. Cinematography by Naoki Kayano. Produced by Kazuhiro Igarashi, Hiroyuki Kato, Shoji Masui, Yuji Ogata, Shigeru Ohno, Yasuharu Urushido. Music by Yoshikazu Suo. Production Design by Kyoko Heya. Film Editing by Jun’ichi Kikuchi. Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 1997. National Board of Review Awards 1997. New York Film Critics Awards 1997.
Kôji Yakusho plays a Japanese businessman who has everything a man at his age should have: a good wife, a good child, a good job and a new house. Problem is he’s just not enjoying it enough. All that changes when he follows a whim and enters a dance instruction school to sign up for lessons. Soon he finds himself full of life and living each day as if it were the last, only he can’t tell his wife about it because for a Japanese man to do something so overtly emotional as ballroom dancing is culturally shameful. There are just as many touching moments in this great comedy as there are funny ones, and at the end you just might find yourself calling up the local community centre to see where you can sign up for lessons of your own. But first rent the movie!