Flashdance is one of the few films that have left an indelible mark on pop culture. The film tells the story about a young girl working as a welder but has dreams of becoming a professional dancer. It would go on to become a massive hit among audiences back in 1983, but the soundtrack played a major role in helping the film become unforgettable.
The title song “What A Feeling” sung by Irene Cara defines the overall theme of keeping your dreams alive and not giving up no matter how hard it gets. The song won an Oscar and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It had such a tremendous impact globally that inspired other artists to cover this unforgettable classic.
One artist that sung the Japanese version to this song is Miki Asakura. She does a good job of expressing the passion and excitement that Jennifer Beal’s character feels when she finally achieves her dream of getting accepted into the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance to become a professional dancer. Whether the song was sung in English or Japanese, it still symbolizes a person’s willpower to go after their dreams and make them come true despite their fears of failure.
Both versions did the song justice. Most people might argue that Irene Cara’s version is better, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I think that listening to both versions make you more appreciative of the influence that one artist can have on others around the world such as Irene Cara and Michael Jackson. One cannot limit the power of dreams by race or class.
People from all walks of life have them and the song reinforces that anyone can accomplish anything as long as they believe in themselves. This song continues to remain an anthem for anyone that wants to accomplish great things in life. Songs like “What A Feeling “ will live on forever in the minds and hearts of many people around the world.
Check out Irene Cara’s version of the song “What A Feeling” and Miki Asakura’s Japanese version. Enjoy them both.