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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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05/25/2008 Archived Entry: "Film Review: Hula Girls"

Hula Girls
Directed by Sang-il Lee
Screenplay by Sang-il Lee and Daisuke Habara
Distributed by VIZ Media

Review by Kris

The movie Hula Girls has been reviewed once on this site by the fantastic Ginger Mayerson, be sure to read her review here. I 've been given the opportunity to review it also. Hula Girls is based on a true story. It's amazing that something so inspirational could have really happened. In 1965 in the town of Iwakishi, the Joban coal mine has been providing jobs for many years. It has been decided that the mine would close and they would lay off many of the workers. To help soften the impact of the job cuts the mine management decide to use the hot springs nearby to their advantage. They decide to open a Hawaiian Center to take advantage of tourist dollars.

It comes to the attention to many of the coal miners daughters that they are hiring girls to be hula dancers. The class to teach hula is very small, only four girls and the teacher likes to hit the bottle a little too hard. The teacher studied hula in Hawaii and was working as a dancer in Tokyo. She then gets sent to a town out in the middle of nowhere to teach clueless girls how to dance. I'd probably drown my sorrows in alcohol as well. Against all odds many of the girls in town eventually decide to take the Hawaiian Center seriously and decide to do their part in helping their families. The class numbers grow and they learn to work together as a team to help the town.

I really liked this movie. It had a really great girl power message to it. The dance teacher was quite the spitfire and would kick butt now and take names later. Even the girls were able to find strength within themselves. There were many heartbreaking moments that were very touching. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to be uplifted by a movie with a worthwhile message of staying strong even when the odds are against you.

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