Saturday, August 3, 2019

Dance with Me 『ダンスウィズミー』 - Fantasia 2019 movie Review

The Movie: Dance with Meダンスウィズミー

The Director: Shinobu Yaguchi

The Cast: Ayaka Miyoshi, Yuu Yashiro, Chay, Takahiro Miura, Tsuyoshi Muro

The Story: Hypnotized woman who sings and dances any time she hears music sets off on a journey to fix her musical dilemma.

The Review:
Shinobu Yaguchi's latest effort is fun, light hearted movie that is guaranteed to put you in a good mood thanks to a cavalcade of fun musical numbers and a knock performance by Ayaka Miyoshi. I had first noticed Miyosho from playing a supporting role in last year's scifi hit, Inuyashiki but this time around she takes center stage with an extremely likable and show stopping performance that showcases her multi talented skill set. Long time Japanese silver screen star Akira Takarada also enjoys several glorious moments as the hypnotist slash magician slash con artist who accidentally sends Miyoshi's character on her merry musical adventures.

The whole movie is a steady stream of musical numbers surrounded by bits of comedy and it all works beautifully I think in part to the entire cast being so much fun to watch. Some of the best moments are when Miyoshi goes into one of her hypnosis induced musical escapades and Yaguchi transforms reality into a full on Broadway style production before returning the leading lady to reality and the path of destruction she has left in her wake. Sometimes she gets into trouble like when she trashes a restaurant and other times she saves the day like when she takes over a back alley hip hop dance battle and wins over the otherwise rough looking participants.

Dance with Me is a movie filled with joy, comedy, and engaging performances. If you'e looking for a movie where you can sing along and tap your toes while having a grand old time at the movies, then this is the cinema treat you've been waiting for.

Dance with Me is an official selection of the 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival.

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