Tokyo Idols (2017)
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Critic Reviews for Tokyo Idols
Director Kyoko Miyake attempts to demystify the scene, which has so infected the West's general view of Japanese pop culture, but comes up short each time, every new theory encountering contradictions and uneasy conclusions.
It's not a movie so much about idol culture as for it, with Miyake trying to knock idol culture back into reality.
Tokyo Idols is a fascinating and well-made look into a world where teenage girls seek fame and fortune and men get first-hand access to the women of their dreams, and the problematic sexual politics that follow.
Tokyo Idols offers a complex look at a cultural phenomenon that could just as easily have been glossed over as another example of Japanese oddness.
Audience Reviews for Tokyo Idols
I enjoyed it, but I did feel it was deliberately hinting at squeezy undertones that may not necessarily have been there. I also read the translation was a little off, making it appear some of the men were talking about developing bodies when they were actually talking about the music. I have to admit, I'm a 40 something female and I own a few jpop cds. I love the happiness and energy. I can fully get how some of these men interviewed with quite depressing lives, get into it and enjoy the dancing and the friendship with the girls, no matter how false and one sided. It would have been nice to see the female fans represented (aside from one seven year old girl, and I think that was in there to tut over as she reveals she wishes to be an idol when she grows up too). I'm not denying there's a few issues with portrayal of the girls, but I truly don't think it's the total evil this doco implies.
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