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on 2 September 2009
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.