Sundance 2017: World Premiere Trailer and Poster for TOKYO IDOLS

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Sundance 2017: World Premiere Trailer and Poster for TOKYO IDOLS

We're not one hundred percent sure if you've heard, but there are some pretty weird subcultures in Japan. Undoubtedly one of the weirdest is the phenomenon of "idols" awesomely described on Wikipedia as "young manufactured stars/starlets marketed to be admired for their cuteness." But what's suuuper weird about the idols isn't the teens themselves, but the single adult men who devote their lives to following these girls to their concerts, showcases, meet and greets, and whathaveyou.

If your interest is piqued, then you absolutely must check out Kyoko Miyake's Tokyo Idols, a documentary on the subject that takes a human look at people on both sides of the equation. The film will make its world premiere in the World Documentary section at Sundance this month, but you can get a first-in-the-world early taste of the film by watching the trailer and taking a look at the poster below. Just don't touch anything but the hands.


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MeikoJanuary 12, 2017 4:43 PM

Hey, don't knock it until you've tried it!

Being a wota isn't that weird.

ZetobeltJanuary 13, 2017 9:23 AM

Weird? Why!? Have you tried it?
I hope this isn't a negative documentary. (After watching the trailer... lamentably, it is.)
On the other hand, I don't find them all that different to Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Selena Gomez, Demi Lobato, Britney Spears, Jonas Brothers, and the like. Mmmm, yes. Japanese idols are more professional.
And yes, there are some creepy fans all over the world. No ONLY in Japan. But they are the minority of the fans.
In the US these "bad fans" are called Stan (from Stalker and Fan).

Sir LouieJanuary 13, 2017 6:54 PM

Intriguing and I hope this opens up a conversation about societal expectations and the shaping of women. Who is control here? The men or the women?