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Hula Girls

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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 lavish Hawaiian retreat in an affectionate comedy inspired by real events and directed by Lee Sang-il. The year s 1965 and the changes that have swept through the outside world are finally reaching Joban. As the mineworkers are laid off and the women of the town take it upon ...
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Overview

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 lavish Hawaiian retreat in an affectionate comedy inspired by real events and directed by Lee Sang-il. The year s 1965 and the changes that have swept through the outside world are finally reaching Joban. As the mineworkers are laid off and the women of the town take it upon themselves to gently nudge their once-prosperous community from the brink of economic collapse, the ancient Hawaiian art of the hula dance seems to offer the ideal means of doing so. Though highly fashionable Tokyo urbanite Madoka Hirayama (Yasuko Matsuyuki) at first seems terribly out of place when she arrives in Joban to teach local ladies how to saw their hips with authentic grace, her noble efforts soon instill her students with a newfound sense of confidence in both themselves, and their struggling community.
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Special Features

Disc One: ; Director & cast profile; VIZ pictures presents; ; Disc Two: ; The making of Hula Girls; How to be a Hula Girl; Hula Girls: The Real Story; An interview with Jake Shimabukuro; Original Japanese trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • UPC: 896911001072
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Viz Media
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yasuko Matsuyuki Mrs. Hirayama
Etsushi Toyokawa Yojiro
Yu Aoi Kimiko,
Shizuyo Yamazaki Sayuri
Ittoku Kishibe Yoshimoto
Sumiko Fuji Chiyo
Shoko Ikezu
Eri Tokunaga
Hiroki Miyake
Susumu Terajima
Masaru Shiga
Katsumi Takahashi
Technical Credits
Lee Sang-Il Director, Screenwriter
Daisuke Habara Screenwriter
Kaleinani Hayakawa Cinematographer
Yoshiaki Hosono Executive Producer
Tsuyoshi Imai Editor
Hitomi Ishihara Producer
Hiroshi Kawai Executive Producer
Matsuda Kenichiro Production Manager
Lee Bong Ou Executive Producer
Jake Shimabukuro Score Composer
Mitsugu Shiratori Sound/Sound Designer
Taiichi Sugiyama Asst. Director
Yohei Taneda Production Designer
Hideo Yamamoto Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hula Girls
1. Seeking Hawaiian Dancer [7:42]
2. A Charismatic Dancer From Tokyo [8:02]
3. Armature's Ability [3:30]
4. Madoka Hirayama's Dance [5:59]
5. It's My Life [8:02]
6. Teaching Requirements [6:40]
7. To You Sweetheart, Aloha [7:17]
8. Reality Can Be Harsh [7:18]
9. See You Again [7:32]
10. Smile [5:11]
11. Campaign Tour [10:21]
12. Let Me Dance [6:24]
13. Resolution of Ms. Hirayama [5:53]
14. Let us Borrow Your Heater [8:35]
15. Please Don't Leave [5:23]
16. First Day of Opening [4:46]
17. Let's Go, Hula Girls! [8:31]
18. Ending Credit [3:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hula Girls
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Director & Cast
      VIZ Pictures Presents
         Kamikaze Girls
         Honey and Clover
         The Taste of Tea
         Ping Pong
         Linda Linda Linda
         Train Man: Densha Otoko
   Audio Set Up
      Stereo
      Dolby Digital 5.1
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- Hula Girls - Bonus Features
   The Making of Hula Girls
   How to Be a Hula Girl
   Hula Girls: The Real Story
   An Interview With Jake Shimabukuro
   Original Japanese Trailers
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