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Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

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Director: Masayuki Suo

Cast: Koji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka

The Japanese film Shall We Dance? debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to a preview of the film's American remake. This DVD was


The Japanese film Shall We Dance? debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to a preview of the film's American remake. This DVD was released the same day as the DVD of the remake that featured Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Phenomenally successful both at home and abroad, Shall We Dance? boasts expert direction and an engaging, often hilarious script. In a role that established him as one of Japan's most popular leading men, Koji Yakusho is flawless, portraying Shohei with a subtle mix of self-consciousness and squashed dignity. Saddled with a family, mortgage payments, and a job in middle management, he is the very embodiment of a long-suffering Japanese salaryman. Shohei is torn between the wife he loves and the fluid perfection of dance represented by the icy beauty of Mai, and director Masayuki Suo wisely renders this conflict shaded and ambiguous. Though the supporting roles are uniformly well-acted, Naoto Takenaka gives a gleefully scene-stealing performance as a ludicrously flamboyant mambo king. Suo's deft touch fashions a narrative that could have been manipulative and maudlin into an elegant work that fuses humor with wistful melancholy.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; A look inside Hollywood's Shall We Dance? theatrical release starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Koji Yakusho Shohei Sugiyama
Tamiyo Kusakari Mai Kishikawa
Naoto Takenaka Tomio Aoki
Hideko Hara Masako Sugiyama
Eriko Watanabe Toyoko Takahashi
Akira Emoto Toru Miwa
Masahiro Motoki Hiromasa Kimoto
Yu Tokui Tokichi Hattori
Reiko Kusamura Tamako Tamura
Hiromasa Taguchi Masahiro Tanaka
Shuichiro Moriyama Ryo Kishikawa
Misa Shimizu Natsuko

Technical Credits
Masayuki Suo Director,Screenwriter
Kyoko Heya Production Designer
Kazuhiro Igarashi Executive Producer
Tetsuya Ikeda Producer
Hiroyuki Kato Executive Producer
Naoki Kayano Camera Operator
Jun'ichi Kikuchi Editor
Tetsu Maeda Casting
Shoji Masui Producer
Yuji Ogata Producer
Shigeru Ohno Executive Producer
Yoshikazu Suo Songwriter
Tasuyoshi Tokuma Executive Producer
Seiji Urushido Executive Producer
Kiyoshi Yoneyama Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. To Dance or Not to Dance [2:34]
2. Mr. Suglyama, Workaholic [6:19]
3. Two Left Feet [11:35]
4. Group Lessons [3:58]
5. "One-Trick Rumba" [7:31]
6. Free Consultation [4:59]
7. Sensei [3:43]
8. Not Giving Up [4:04]
9. Too Good to Dance [8:40]
10. Toyoko's Breakdown [1:05]
11. No Hesitation [6:34]
12. Reason to Dance [6:06]
13. Amateur Competition [3:40]
14. Waltzing for An Audience [10:00]
15. Letter From Mai [6:09]
16. Apologies Accepted [7:14]
17. "Shall We Dance?" [8:54]
18. Credits [4:02]

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Shall We Dance? 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
lewisgatlin More than 1 year ago
For those that may have only seen the American remake of this movie, starring Richard Gere, you should see the original Japanese version. I think you'll see the first is the best. This story of an office worker trapped by a large mortgage, a mind-numbing job, and a marriage where every day goes by exactly the same, starts slowly with an offhand glance from a rail car. Each step of the path up to the dance academy is a difficult decision. But the potential for great reward drives our repressed salaryman, Mr. Sugiyama, to overcome his fears and sign up for dance lessons. With not a single cardboard character around, the movie shines with realistic portrayals throughout. And while you hope for, and expect, a happy ending, you won't be sure about the outcome until late in the game. So there's just one question left...shall we dansu?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having lived for nearly 3 years in Japan, the honesty and tenderness shown in this film rang true for me. The characters were much like real Japanese we got to know. This is an unusually sensitive Japanese film and a delight to watch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. The characters were developed cleverly through out the film. The plot is simple but intriguing. The class may not be filled with students, but that seems to be the point. For the proper Japanese Culture, dancing is looked down on. I thought it was eloquently put, not being abrasive in any way. This movie does not have the color and the lights of ''Dance with Me'', but it toched my heart as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont know if I would call it the best movie I ever saw, but I found it clever, amusing and quite charming. I haven't seen many funny Japanese movies, but this one was special. The characters were both odd and engaging and the story was quite good. By way of comparison, Strictly Ballroom is fun, but it's about people who know they like to dance, know how to dance (for the most part) and the fun for the audience is watching them have to find out if they have the nachos to dance the very best they can. It's a great movie, but in that regard it's a little formulaic. The story behind Shall We Dance is a little bit more delicate. Think of it this way: If you have ever found yourself walking home at night from your job and just wondered why you shouldn't keep walking and go into some new life that has nothing to do with what you spend all your time doing (job, family, house, bills, etc.) then I think you might be interested in this movie, since that is the problem our hero faces. He's a guy who seems to have everything (Japanese salaryman), but feels like he has nothing. Until he stumbles into the world of dancing. Somehow it brings life back to into him, and seeing that a movie like that could be incredibly sacharine and sentimental, that's a pretty bold story to make if you want to make it into something special. I don't know much about dance classes and how accurate the depictions were, but I know that I felt the awkwardness and timidity of the beginners as if I was there myself, and I laughed the whole way through. Maybe it's not a movie for picky dance afficionados, but for the rest of us it was fun to watch them struggle and learn. My favorite character is the guy who does the latin dance and he just has this way of being so funny. It's not his jokes, or his lines, it's just the terrible way he dances. Like watching Elaine from Seinfeld dance makes you laugh. Years after seeing it in the theater, i still laugh when I think about that guy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The overall story is nice but the movie is much longer than necessary and it lacks those elements which makes you remember it for long time. Only few characters in this movie are normal and watchable. The other characters are just gross and irritating. The dance class in the movie doesn't look like dance class with only five students enrolled. Surprisingly, all of them enters the dance competition. Technically movie is mediocore and sentimentally doesn't touch your heart
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie made me laugh and cry. It is a must-see for dancers. Shall we dance criticizes the role of men and women in Japanese society very well. At the same time, it is a man's struggle to dance well.