Why is it that the movies that make you cry and laugh are the ones you really love? Yes I cried. Yes I laughed. Boy do I love this picture. For me it was one sheer delight being involved in a crazy solution for a mining town. But I do not wish to give away anything lest I spoil your experience and very much encourage you to watch this dear and heartfelt foreign movie with English subtitles from Japan. For those still wanting a bit more info try here.
I rented the DVD from Netflix and gave it a coveted 4 stars. If it were a fantasy it would have been a 5 star. Unfortunately there is a small bit of violence that detracted from the story. It brought a sad remembrance of events in my own youth and thus kept it from attaining 5 stars IMHO.
I highly recommend this movie to any and all who root for the underdogs. In its own way it is a feminine “Rocky”. It has its teary moments but is far from a depressing movie. Nor is it a comedy. Who would think a movie about a bunch of beginning dancers could stir ones heart? So if you are in the mood for a really good movie and enjoy listening to the real language while reading the subtitles by all means find a way to watch “Hula Girls”!