Director: Kyoko Miyake
Origin: United Kingdom
Duration: 01:30:00
Synopsis: 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 Japanese societies. This ever-growing phenomenon is told through Rio, a bona fide “Tokyo Idol” who takes us on her journey toward fame. We meet her “brothers”: a group of adult middle aged male super fans who devote their lives to following her—in the virtual world and in real life. 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.