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From the KimStim Collection
Tokyo Idols
A film by Kyoko Miyake
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film still“IDOLS” has fast become a phenomenon in Japan as girl bands and pop music permeate Japanese life. TOKYO IDOLS—an eye-opening film gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity.

This ever growing phenom is told through Rio, a bona fide "Tokyo Idol" who takes us on her journey toward fame. Now meet her “brothers”: a group of adult middle aged male super fans (ages 35–50) who devote their lives to following her—in the virtual world and in real life. Once considered to be on the fringes of society, the "brothers" who gave up salaried jobs to pursue an interest in female idol culture have since blown up and have now become mainstream via the internet, illuminating the growing disconnect between men and women in hypermodern societies.

With her provocative look into the Japanese pop music industry and its focus on traditional beauty ideals, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake confronts the nature of gender power dynamics at work. As the female idols become younger and younger, Miyake offers a critique on the veil of internet fame and the new terms of engagement that are now playing out IRL around the globe.

"It's not a movie so much about idol culture as for it, with Miyake trying to knock idol culture back into reality."RogerEbert.com

"A lively inquiry that reveals more contradictions than consensus."The Hollywood Reporter

"Eye-opening."Screen International

"Fascinating."HeyUGuys

Official Selection, 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection, 2017 CPH:Dox
Official Selection, 2017 Docville
Official Selection, 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2017 Nashville Film Festival
Official Selection, 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Official Selection, 2017 Northwestfest
Official Selection, 2017 San Francisco Doc Fest
Official Selection, 2017 Japan Cuts

88 minutes / color
In Japanese with English subtitles
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2017

Subject areas:
Asia, Gender Studies, Human Sexuality, Japan, KimStim Collection, Music, Psychology, Sociology, Tokyo, Women's Studies

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