Discover dance! cinema gents who stumbled upon it and thrived
Here are two gents in the cinema landscape who were going about their own business when they inadvertently were invited to a dance class. “Inadvertently” because their first step was an unexpected invitation to the dance class, the second step was their choice — walking into the dance class, and discovering all the passion it prompted.
The third step, learning to dance, makes the story.
1) Shall We Dance? JAPANESE ORIGINAL
Accountant Shohei Sugiyama had a painfully predictable life until he looked up from the city train to see a gorgeous woman gazing out an upper window — from where?
Little research brings him to a private dance studio, where he may learn more about her, and O Yes, learn to dance.
I am pleased that I discovered this movie before the Hollywood version came out. Though the Hollywood version with the same title is sweet, ’tis remiss in capturing our emotions the way the Japanese original does.
Watch this movie and experience every step with Mr. Sugiyama as it changes his life, and the lives of those around him.
2) Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School
An emotionally nullified widower, Frank Keane, continues with family bakery delivery tasks when he suddenly finds himself with the responsibility to fulfill a dying man’s wish.
That wish brings Mr. Keane to Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School. The school tradition is continued by Hotchkiss’s daughter, who insists students learn dance etiquette before they learn the dance steps. Mr. Keane finds it necessary to join the class while he continues research to fulfill the dying man’s wish.
This movie unravels softly to the dancing and the passion behind it. It has two love stories: Mr. Keane discovering dance, and Mr. Mills, a generation ahead of him, who shares his childhood love story and hope.