Aug 23, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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HULA GIRLS (2006) (Japanese with English Subtitles)
It's 1965 in Fukushima Prefecture, and the small town of Iwaki's coal mine is closing down due to the recent influx of cheap foreign oil. The local economy will be devastated, but the coal company has a plan to replace the 2,000 lost jobs by building a Hawaiian-themed spa resort, heated by the hot springs in the coal mines.
Most locals are skeptical, but a down-on-her-luck Tokyo dance instructor commits to collect and train a group of young women in the Hula to entertain at the new resort. Many of these young women are daughters of the coal miners who are losing their jobs, and who think the idea of replacing the coal mine with a theme park is ridiculous. After many fits and several starts, though, Madoka whips her team into shape, and they take the prefecture, and the nation, by storm.
Think "Bad News Bears" meets "Flashdance."
By the way, this film is based on a true story.
"Hula Girls" was shown around America more recently in fundraising efforts following the awful earthquake and tsunami that struck Fukushima Prefecture in 2011.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nHakMqGbbg