Shall We Dansu? is a marvelous Japanese movie made in 1996. It's about a bored businessman who, riding the train home one night, looks up and sees a beautiful woman standing in the window of a dance studio and decides to learn ballroom dancing. This is much more cultrually frowned upon in Japan than it is here, men dancing with women not their wives, so right off the bat a whole aspect of the story is surgically removed in its Amercianisation.
The worst part is, in the preview, there are scenes that are identical to scenes in the original...except that they're being acted by Caucasian men and women who have no subtitles marring their lower halves.
And I refuse to believe for a second that Richard Gere is a better actor than Kôji Yakusho.
I think what irks me the most about this is that the original isn't even out on DVD yet; the way things seem to work in this world, the soulless remake will probably be on DVD before the original will be.
I'll see it of course; I'm going to ask to review it, in fact. But I'm not happy about it at all.