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Shall We Dance? [DVD]


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  • Actors: Koji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KZNB0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,903 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Subtitles - German Spanish Swedish Norwegian Danish Portuguese Dutch

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Dec 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
When I saw that the dvd was available on Amazon. I was very happy. I had heard that the film was great; much better than the American remake. My wife, who is Japanese was looking forward to being able to see a film that she had not seen in a long time ... and she still hasn't. This version has taken out 26 scenes that were in the original version which runs to 136 minutes; a full 22 minutes longer than the running time in the version supplied by Amazon (stated to be 114 minutes). Perhaps I am being unfair; but, I felt let down. I wanted to see the original cut, the one that won 14 Japanese Academy Awards when it was released, and this was not it. It would be nice if this kind of thing is made clear, then you know what to expect, but there was nothing to indicate that about 15 percent of the film had been cut, and the beginning had been radically altered.

I am NOT saying don't buy it. I am not saying that it is bad, it is too good for that, and I am sure that there are many out there who would like it in this version. But, if you want the original 136 minute film, you will have to look elsewhere. The two stars are more my disappointment at the missing 15 percent, and the changed beginning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Taychelle on 2 Sep 2009
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Although, admittedly I haven't seen the recent American re-make and dispite not wishing to dis-credit it without having seen it, I can't believe it would be possible for Hollywood to render a more delicate and delightful story than this, the original Japanese version.

As the synopsis of the story is freely available elsewhere, I won't explain, surfice to say, when I first went to see it the thought of a film about ballroom dancing didn't exactly enthrall me. I was interested in Japan and from previous Japanese films knew that they had the ability to appreciate human sensibilities and tell a story subtely, in a way that reflected the best taste of French cinema. In short, films with a sense of elegant charm.

I was not dissapointed as, from start to finish, I was drawn into the worlds the characters inhabited and felt their full range of emotions with them, all done in an understated way, without the need to spell everything out for the audience.

A very human story, with a perfectly judged balance of comedy entwined throughout. Re-watching the original still rewards, again and again.

As I have said, I haven't seen the American re-make, nor do I want to after seeing this. I wouldn't want clumbsy feet to spoil the perfect grace.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas Leobold on 7 May 2004
Format: DVD
"Shall We Dance?" is my favorite film of all time! Is that saying too much? No!! I'm a great admirer of Japan and Japanese culture, but I was caught totally unaware when I walked into the theater to see this movie. I ended up coming back 15 times, and was only stopped from seeing it again because the theatrical run ended. Then luckily, the movie came out on LaserDisc(not DVD), so I could watch it in better quality video at home. I also have the VHS for my bedroom VCR. The movie translates very well into home video--probably because it's such a warm and sweet-hearted movie. I can't think of another movie that approaches this one for pure ethereal beauty and pure enjoyment. The music is also so great. I won't give anything away but the music is a big part of the success of this movie, but in a very subtle way. I also love without reservation every actor in the film, and every character. From the beautiful, graceful lovely Mai and elegant Sugiyama-san, to Donny Burns-Latin Champ-impersonator Aoki-san and ballroom terror Toyoko-san, and warm hearted Tamako-sensei, you have to love the entire cast of characters. Also, the cinematography is out of this world, capturing the flow of ballroom excitement and beauty and also wistful scenes of Tokyo at night (make sure you watch the entire sequence of the exquisite closing credits at the end). Director and screenwriter Masayuki Suo deserves an honorary Academy Award for this creation of supreme perfection. Please tell your friends about this film, which proves that a sweethearted and beautiful work of art can be entertaining without the need for violence and profanity. I guarantee you won't be sorry to buy this video, and you'll join the thousands of fans worldwide who are obsessed and devoted to it, a film that can truly be termed a masterpiece.Read more ›
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Marco Rossini TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Feb 2005
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At long last, 'Shall We Dance?' is available in the UK. I LOVE this film for many reasons:

First, you can see what the ordinary Japanese semi-middle class family life is like. No guns or swords, no blood, no samurai or soldiers - this is a very cultural film about modern Japan.

Secondly, this film shows how much the Japanese people admire the British culture (in this film's case the ballroom dancing, sportsmanship, and Blackpool!). Incidentally, if you are learning Japanese, listen to how Tamako-sensei (the elderly female dance instructor) speaks. As well as speaks absolutely gently, she speaks very clearly with a beautiful accent of a traditional Japanese lady. So her Japanese would be a good example for the language learners too.

Koji Yakusho (Babel [DVD]) has proven that he is one of the most brilliant actors in Japan once again, and my favourite one is definitely Naoto Takenaka (Kitaro [DVD]), who plays a funny funny bloke who specialises Latin dance to fill the 'gap' in his everyday life and hopefully find a nice girl too.

FYI: I have already seen the Hollywood version of this film, but it's not the same thing at all. It's supposed to be a re-make of this Japanese original film, but, in my view, it's a little bit too 'Americanised' and almost feels like a different film. Maybe you can make your own judgement by watching the Japanese version? I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Hope this helps!
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