Hula Girls

This very good movie, based on a true story, can be rented from Netflix. The official website is here, with lots of pretty pictures of Japanese girls in hula outfits.

When a Japanese mining company announces the closure of a coal mine in Iwaki, a group of brave young women defies their community by signing up to become hula dancers at the company's new Hawaiian tourist center in this heartwarming dramedy. Amid union workers' protests and against the wishes of their families, the women passionately practice and perform their newly learned art in hopes that it will lead to a brighter future.

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