Hula Girls ( ,Hula Gru?) is an award-winning Japanese film, loosely based on actual events. The film was directed by Sang-il Lee and co-written by Lee and Daisuke Habara, and first released across Japanese theaters on September 23, 2006. The actual title shot gives the title as "Hula Girl," but the film is commonly known by the plural.
Starring Yasuko Matsuyuki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Y Aoi, Shizuyo Yamazaki, Ittoku Kishibe, Eri Tokunaga, Yoko Ikezu and Sumiko Fuji, it is loosely based on an actual event and follows the attempts of a group of enthusiastic girls to take up hula dancing to save their village.
Hula Girls was critically acclaimed upon release in Japan and nominated for a total of 12 awards at the 2007 Japan Academy Awards, going on to win five major awards, including that of best film, best director, best screenplay, best supporting actress (for Y Aoi), and most popular film. It also won two major awards at the prestigious 80th Kinema Junp () awards, including that of best film and best supporting actress (for Y Aoi). Since its release in Japan, the film has been shown across theaters and film festivals worldwide.