Despite his successful career and loving family, a disconsolate Tokyo salaryman finds new meaning in a secret life of ballroom dancing. As midlife crises go, his trips to the studio are easier to hide than a sports car, but then there are wardrobe malfunctions to consider. A 2004 American remake starring Richard Gere is almost as good, but one of the original film’s great pleasures – getting a glimple of Japanese culture – was lost in the translation.
Director: Masayuki Suo
Screenplay by: Masayuki Suo
Starring: Koji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari
Major nominations on original release : Won 14 Japanese Academy Prizes including Best Film, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, and ScreenplaySee all nominees