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The Way We Dance

  • Directed by Adam Wong
  • Hong Kong, 2013, 110 mins., Mandarin

A surprise hit in Hong Kong, the low-budget The Way We Dance, like most dance movies, is a celebration of vibrant youth, as well as hopes and dreams fulfilled. Leaving her parents’ tofu restaurant behind, aspiring dancer Fleur enters university and joins the hip-hop dance club. Her idiosyncratic moves are too advanced for the other dancers, but she finds approval from the chairman of the tai chi club, who encourages her to connect with her inner martial artist. With an appropriately minimalist (romantic drama) plot, Wong inventively mashes contemporary street and traditional Chinese moves with Kung-fu spirit to capture “the passion and romance of these dancers, whom I found representative of the Hong Kong people who are used to growing up in adversity…the devotion, focus, and persistence in the pursuit of their art.”

Genres: Dance, Drama