Hula Girls

We saw Hula Girls at a local cinema while living in Tokyo several years ago. This movie is based on a true story of a group of enthusiastic girls learning hula dancing to save their small mining village in Iwaki by helping the formation of Joban Hawaiian Center (now known as Spa Resort Hawaiians), today one of Japan’s most popular theme parks.


Released in 2006, Hula Girls was critically acclaimed and nominated for a total of 12 awards at the 2007 Japan Academy Awards, winning five major awards (best film, best director, best screenplay, best supporting actress, most popular film). It premiered worldwide at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which is currently in progress.

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