Fukushima Hula Girls J-Film

Documentary

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington DC

This documentary focuses on the efforts of the hula performers of the Spa Resort Hawaiians in Fukushima as they tour the country to persuade their fellow citizens to visit their resort, even as the region struggles towards recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Created in 1966 to revitalize the economy of the waning coal mining town, the Spa Resort Hawaiians became the inspiration for the 2006 box-office hit, Hula Girls, a Japan Academy Award winner. The film depicted the transformation of the struggling traditional community, the power of the human spirit and the will to overcome the difficulties of the time.

45 years later, many of the Hawaiians resort's facilities were damaged in the 2011 earthquake, and for months served as a designated evacuation shelter for disaster refugees. But on February 8, 2012, the spa reopened and the Hula Girls were dancing on their home stage once again.

Narrated by actress Yu Aoi, star of the original Hula Girls film, the FUKUSHIMA HULA GIRLS is a hopeful study of the strength and spirit of the Japanese people, even in the face of disaster.

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