Girl bands and pop music permeate Japanese life. "Tokyo Idols" gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity.
Meet Ri Ri: a bona fide Tokyo Idol who takes us on her journey toward fame. Now meet her "brothers": a group of adult male superfans 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 become mainstream via the internet, illuminating the growing disconnect between men and women in hyper-modern 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 playing out "in real life" around the globe.
Duration: 1 hr 30 min
World Premiere: 27 June 2017 (UK)
70% of viewers liked this movie (out of 392 votes)
88% of selected movie critics liked it (out of 8 reviews)
Director: Kyoko Miyake
Stars: Rio Hiiragi, Masayoshi Sakai
Language: Japanese with English subtitles and Thai subtitles
In partnership with: Thailand Documentary Club
Cost: Free for FCCT members, 150 baht for FCCT non-members, optional buffet: 250 baht
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