#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Shohei Sugiyama has attained all that he has wanted in life. But he is still depressed and unhappy. One day, he gathers up the courage to sign up for dancing lessons. He hopes they will rid his depression and help him get his life back together.
Plot: A bored Japanese accountant sees a beautiful woman in the window of a ballroom dance studio. He secretly starts taking dancing lessons to be near her, and then over time discovers how much he loves ballroom dancing. His wife, meanwhile, has hired a private detective to find out why he has started coming home late smelling of perfume.
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A brilliant film. Not to be missed.
How many of us wish that we could throw away social and cultural obligations and be free? Most of us, I suspect. Shall we dance? is not a movie about dancing. It is about learning about ourselves, recognising what we are looking for in life and having the courage to go in search of it. Mr Sugiyama is a middle-aged member of a Japanese society where ballroom dancing is viewed as unsuitable behaviour.
One day Mr Sugiyama sees a beautiful girl leaning out of the window of a dancing acadamy. he is fascinated by her and eventually signs up for dancing lessons. He is ashamed of his dancing and afraid of ridicule. He hides the fact that he is attending dancing classes from his colleagues and family.
There is a hilarious scene in the mensroom at the office when Sugiyama and Watanabe, a workmate who also dances, are interrupted practising some dance steps. There are many other funny and warm-hearted scenes.
The ending is not a fairytale, but it leaves the viewer feeling good.
This movie helped me to understand the Japanese people a little better. It is a warm and very worthwhile film to see.
Ballroom dancing for office clerks
“Shall we dance?” has the same title as the Astaire / Rogers film from 1937. The contrast however is big. With Astaire / Rogers we have two professionals in a glamorous setting. In this Japanese production we have a couple of clumsy men trying to escape the routine of daily life at the office. The setting is not glamorous because the men that are taking part in the dance class are doing so secretly. In the introduction to the (international edition of) this film a voice over tells us that in Japan ballroom dancing is frowned upon. It is seen as too intimate, even as immoral.
The fun of the film for me were the apparent contradictions that creep into the film.
The family of the main character (Mr Sugiyama) keeps pushing him to relax a bit more after his long hours at the office. When he finally revives his wife looks at this development with suspicion (which of course is attributable to the secrecy with which the man surrounds his dancing activities).
Mr Sugiyama starts dancing not because the dancing itself but because the beautiful instructor (Mai) he sees in front of the window when he passes by with the train. Only later he starts appreciating dancing in its own right.
These images of Mai in front of the window are fascinating because she is not only beautiful but seems melancholical as well. In a Western movie she probably would have turned out to be a “femme fatale”. In “Shall we dance?” we learn about the story of her life during the course of the film. Just as Mr Sugiyama, but beginning from a very different starting point, she has te learn appreciating dancing in its own right.
In 2004 an American remake was made with Richard Gere as the clerk and Jennifer Lopez as the dance teacher. This film had the difficulty that the storyline is much less plausible outside the Japanese culture. Why should you keep your dancing activities secret as they are not frowned upon? Is it probable that a Western housewife accepts for a longer period of time that her husband comes home late without an explanation?
Original Language ja
Runtime 2 hr 16 min (136 min), 1 hr 59 min (119 min) (cut) (USA)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Music
Director Masayuki Suô
Writer Masayuki Suô
Actors Kôji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka
Awards 55 wins & 7 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Imagica Corporation, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Film Length 3,260 m (Sweden), 3,346 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm