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August 1, 2006 9:41 AM
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Fortissimo Selling "Hula Girls"

Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide sales rights, excluding Japan and Korea, to Lee Sang-Il's feel-good film, "Hula Girls." Set in 1965, the film is based on actual events surrounding a move to build a Hawaiian tourist village in a Japanese coal mining town. In the film, a dance instructor teaches local young women to dance the Hula and along the way they "become a phenomenal success as heroes of their hometown, as well as an inspiration throughout Japan," according to an announcement. Produced by Cine Qua Non, the film will be released in Japan in September and includes music from the acclaimed Hawaiian ukulele musician Jake Shimabukuro. "This is one of those feel-good, heart-warming films that comes along so infrequently yet easily transcends cultural and language boundaries," said Fortissimo's Michael Werner in a statement. "With that Hawaiian music and the hula - it's irresistible." [Eugene Hernandez]

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