The MotionPicture Producers Association of Japan (Eiren) hasannounced Lee Sang-il's Hula Girls as
Hula Girls tells the true story of a group of Japanese coalminers' daughters who learn the traditional Hawaiian dance in an effort to savetheir town from the economic crisis of an impending mine closure. The filmstars Yu Aoi, Yasuko Matsuyukiand Etsushi Toyokawa.
The last Japanesefilm to receive a nomination in the Foreign Film category was 2003's The Twilight Samurai (TasogareSeibei) directed by YojiYamada.
Hula Girls had its world premiere at the Toronto InternationalFilm Festival and opens in