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Tokyo Idols

Part of the Documentaries Strand

Kyoko Miyake

  • PG

  • 89 mins

  • 2017

  • Canada, UK

  • Japanese

  • Director of Photography: Van Royko

  • Editor: Anna Price

  • Produced by: Kyoko Miyake, Bob Moore, Felix Matschke

  • Music: David Drury

  • Screenplay by: Kyoko Miyake

Director Bio

Kyoko Miyake

Director Bio

Japanese director, Kyoko Miyake moved to Britain to research History of Witchcraft at Oxford, having read History at Tokyo University. Her latest documentary film, Brakeless, was supported by BBC/ITVS/IKON/NHK/DR and won the prestigious Peabody Award 2014. Hackney Lullabies won the Berlin Today Award 2011 at the Berlin Film Festival.

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An eye-opening delve into the uniquely Japanese phenomenon of ‘idols’, the thousands of teenage Japanese girls who favour manga-style attire and sell themselves as pop stars – both live and on-line – and the largely middle-aged men – or ‘otaku’ as they are known – who obsessively follow them around and pay to have their photos taken with them. Kyoko Miyake’s striking film is non-judgmental in its wry approach, and while some of the men’s obsession with the very young idols is disturbing, the lines are never crossed and sex is never mentioned, despite being the subtext. 

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