Tokyo Idols

Friday to:
12 May
21 May

Venue Location

5 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington

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Running Time: 82 minutes

Venue Location

5 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington

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Canada, United Kingdom | 2017 | 82 min | Japanese | Kyoko Miyake

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. And their fans - who are becoming increasingly disconnected from real women and real relationships, rely more on ritualized interactions with figures of idealised youth. 

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