TOKYO IDOLS

By Kyoko MIYAKE

CINETIC MEDIA - as SALES

Documentary - Completed 2017

Girl bands and their pop music permeate every moment of Japanese life. Following an aspiring pop singer and her fans, Tokyo Idols explores a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality, and the growing disconnect between men and women in hyper-modern societies.

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Sundance Film Festival 2017
World Documentaries
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CANADA, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE
    • Duration
    • 89 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kyoko MIYAKE
    • Producer(s)
    • Felix MATSCHKE (BRAKELESS LIMITED), Bob MOORE (EYESTEELFILM)
    • Synopsis
    • Walking down the streets of Tokyo, it is difficult to escape the ‘idol’ girls - Japanese pop singers; they are everywhere, smiling from advertisements and the sound of their voice coming from nearby speakers. ‘Idols’, a term assigned to them regardless of actual success, have flourished as an industry despite the prolonged recession, becoming a mainstream phenomenon worth 1 billion dollars. Every night there are countless idol concerts across Tokyo. Most fans gathered at those small venues are middle-aged men, some lonely singletons and others, married. Everything about the idols – their high-pitched voice, coquettish dance steps, repeated bowing - is part of the same ritual. Tokyo Idols is a story of girls trying to grow up in a society where they need to embody innocence, cuteness and immaturity. It’s also about their fans, who, becoming increasingly disconnected from real women and real relationships, rely more on ritualized interactions with figures of idealised youth.
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