I prefer the original Japanese version.
A very corny remake of the excellent Japanese version. Don't bother with this, but definitely get hold of the Japanese version.
Although I did not see the Japanese version (would love to) I did enjoy this movie. It's light and entertaining!
I watched this and enjoyed it. But if you think this is good, check the Japanese original out (if you hate any hint of spoiler, one of the comments disclosed the plot): http://sccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1152797016_shall_we_dance
This is a 2004 American film directed by Peter Chelsom.
It is a remake of the award-winning 1996 Japanese film of the same title, written and directed by Masayuki Suo (周防 正行).
I enjoyed the Japanese version so much that the American remake looks shadowed in the back of my mind simply because ballroom dancing in Japan is considered "weird" or "sissy" among men, if not the Japasene in general, while it is not abnormal at all in the States.
For a Japanese man to join the dancing class, therefore, he needs a great deal of courage and expects a lewd remark from his coworkers once they finds it out.
So, a Japanese man in the class always feels tension and senses a spying eye around as if a gay man had to have a courage to come out when worse comes worst.
I can't feel this tension at all in the American remake.
At the end, Paulina, having been inspired by John to take up competing again, is leaving to go to Blackpool, England.
Compared to her counterpart in the Japanese version, Paulina doesn't show her character change in such a dramatic way as Mai does in the Japanese version.
This remake, however, offers pleasures of its own in the sense that it focuses more on entertainment rather than on serious character study.
For example, the end scene shows everyone afterwards: Link and Bobbie are now together; Chic, who was actually gay, dances at a club with his partner; Miss Mitzi finds a new partner, and they are happy together; John and Beverly are back to normal and dance in the kitchen; Vern, newly married to his fiancée, dances with her at their wedding; the private investigator that Beverly hired, Devine (Richard Jenkins), starts up dance lessons; and Paulina, with a new partner, competes at Blackpool, the competition that she had lost years before.
i totally agree with tookabook; it's a cheesy american version that lacks the spirit and magic of the japanese one; the american one sucked bigtime; i totally adored the original...
(btw, epl has 4 copies of the japanese version)
Shall We Dance is a FANTASTIC movie! Has a great storyline and a great cast such as Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, and Jennifer Lopez. Highly Recommend!
beautiful movie, made me want to join a dancing class j.lo was looking very lovely & richard gere was wonderful !!!
Disappointing. It's a rip off of a movie centering around the secret dance desires of a Japanese salaryman and based on the previews, uses all the same gags. This is a cheesy, Americanized rendition of a much more credible foreign film. Go see the original.
The plot in this movie did not capture me at all. I did not enjoy the acting.
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